Amazon Prime Video now available in Thailand – but should you bother?


Earlier this month Amazon announced it was officially launching its online streaming service, Prime Video, in over 200 countries and territories, including Thailand.

Amazon Prime Video will now go head to head with the myriad of other rival services such as Netflix, iFlix, Primetime HDTV, Hollywood HDTV and Hooq.

Amazon’s basic service is very reasonable with subscriptions starting from $US2.99 per month for the first 6 months and $5.99 per month thereafter.

But with the other services already established and with the likes of Netflix offering its own superb original shows such as House of Cards, Stranger Things and Narcos, is Amazon Prime Video even worth bothering with?

The main (and perhaps only) draw to sign up to Amazon Prime Video currently is its new motoring show The Grand Tour, presented by former Top Gear trio Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

The show cost Amazon more than $270 million but has already been a huge success for the firm and is reportedly the most illegally downloaded TV show of all time.

The Grand Tour

As well as The Grand Tour, Amazon also has a number of other original series such as Hand of God, Transparent and The Man in the High Castle.

Despite all these shows being well worth watching, none of them have received the rave reviews of the Netflix original series mentioned above.

Another issue for users in Thailand is that the Amazon Prime Video library offers only a small number of the TV show and movies available to users in the UK and USA.

On the plus side, the Amazon Prime Video movie library features a number of classics such as the Godfather trilogy, Pulp Fiction, Scarface and No Country for Old Men, but then again, most movie fans will likely have seen all these titles before.

The bottom line

Unless you’re a Jeremy Clarkson/Top Gear/The Grand Tour fanatic, you might not want to cancel the Netflix subscription just yet.

While $2.99 isn’t going to break the bank, aside from The Grand Tour, Amazon Prime doesn’t offer enough for users in Thailand to switch from Netflix – or to sign up to the service at all.

Look out for a more comprehensive review of Amazon Prime Video on ThaiTech in the new year.

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