A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
AMAZON PRIME VIDEO is the app for Amazon.com video services, including video rentals/purchases, Prime Video subscription services, and pre-purchased/digital-access videos. Kids can browse via genre or search for specific content. There's also an area dedicated entirely to child- and family-friendly programming and movies. Families who subscribe to premium channels (HBO, Showtime, etc.) through Amazon will find that content in the app, as well. Amazon Prime Video interfaces with the Movies Anywhere service to support the display of prior movie purchases on other platforms. Families can curate their own watch lists of movies to make decision-making easier on movie night. Some content can be downloaded to your device for offline viewing. Much like the Amazon website, there are recommended titles and reviews from other users.
Parents can control which videos are available to stream by restricting content by rating. Content beyond the appropriate rating will be available only if a PIN is entered. These controls can be set by device, allowing parents to restrict one level of content on the family TV and another entirely on an iPad or phone. These restrictions do not impact video cover art and descriptions, which remain visible regardless of controls in place.
While watching content on Amazon Prime Video, families can access the X-Ray information service, which gives information about the actors and music in a scene, movie trivia, and actor bios from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
Is it any good?
If you're looking for a vast collection of movie and TV content in one place, you can't really go wrong here. Amazon Prime Video sets the bar high for both navigation and content. The parental controls are OK, but it would be more useful to be able to block objectionable video content from appearing at all in a "kid mode." Having the ability to block specific titles -- and not just ratings categories -- would also be nice. Also, if you're changing settings and have just signed in, having to sign in again (and prove you're not a bot) for every change becomes cumbersome. In terms of content, the integration with Movies Anywhere brings Amazon Prime Video even closer to a one-stop-shop solution. And for those family members who always want to know where they know that actor from, X-Ray is fun and easy to use. While parents of younger kids will still want to keep an eye on browsing kiddos, Amazon Prime Video is a solid solution for families who want their content on a variety of devices.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about making smart media choices on Amazon Prime Video and other platforms. What types of movies and television content are appropriate in your family? Does that change as kids get older?
How do you like this app in comparison to other apps you could use? As you balance your time on and offscreen, would this be an app you'd choose to use? Why, or why not?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, storytelling
Math: counting, numbers
Science: animals, ecosystems and the environment, life cycle
Social Studies: cultural understanding, historical figures, history
Arts: dance, music, theater
Hobbies: cooking, fashion, gardening
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy, moving beyond obstacles
Communication: friendship building
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, honoring the community, learning from consequences
Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, meditation
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (30-day free trial for new subscribers to Amazon Prime; access to Prime Video starts at $8.99; users can rent or purchase content)
- Release date: August 1, 2018
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Arts and Dance, Friendship, Middle School
- Size: 99.20 MB
- Publisher: AMZN Mobile LLC
- Version: 5.7.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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