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Amazon Prime has been a great place to stream movies and TV shows Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should You Choose? Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should You Choose? It has been years since we've compared heavy-hitting streaming services, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. And with changes in pricing, content, quality, and interface, we thought it was time to revisit the topic. Read More for quite a while, and its $99 annual price tag actually makes it a fantastic deal for all of the other great things you get 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now Scratch the surface. Amazon Prime has so many more benefits that people have forgotten about or simply don't realize exist. Read More . Amazon recently added about 30 TV channels that you can subscribe to for an additional monthly fee, but are they worth subscribing to? Here are eight that could be worth your time and money.

A Quick Note

Obviously, everyone is going to have different opinions on whether a channel is worth subscribing to. And because the shows and movies on offer aren’t always the same as subscribing to these channels outside of Amazon Prime, they might be a better deal elsewhere. One way to find out is to take advantage of each channel’s free trial; most offer at least two weeks of free watching.

Showtime ($8.99 / month)

Showtime is probably the biggest name on the list of new Amazon streaming channels, and rightfully so. It gives you access to big-name shows like HomelandPenny DreadfulRay Donovan, and Secret Diary of a Call Girl. You’ll also get access to both new and classic movies such PaddingtonSling BladePulp FictionE.T., and The Giver.

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The channel also offers sports, sports talk shows, comedy specials, and a solid selection of documentaries. For less than $10 a month after a 30-day free trial, this is one of the best value packages when it comes to Amazon Prime TV subscriptions. Others may have more than the 570 movies and shows that Showtime does, but this channel has some of the best choices.

Starz ($8.99 / month)

Starz doesn’t offer quite as many popular original series as Showtime, but shows like OutlanderAsh vs. Evil Deadand Black Sails will appeal to a lot of viewers. This channel also offers a lot of classic TV shows Watch Mystery Science Theatre and Other Classic TV for Free Right Now Watch Mystery Science Theatre and Other Classic TV for Free Right Now For every cord cutter. Watch classic TV shows – like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Twilight Zone – or beloved cult classics – like The Weird Al Show and Mystery Science Theatre 3000... Read More , including The A-TeamMagnum, P.I.Diff’rent StrokesGunsmoke, and Sam Neill’s In Cold Blood.

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Where this channel shines is in its movie selection, from newer entries like Inside OutAnt-Man, and Big Hero 6 to classics like The Shawshank RedemptionSchindler’s ListTotal Recall, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. $9 per month for all 840 movies and shows isn’t bad at all.

Tribeca Shortlist ($4.99 / month)

Browsing through all of the available selections on Amazon Prime or Netflix can take a long time, and if you’ve been a subscriber to either for more than a few months, you know that there’s a lot of really terrible stuff Torture Yourself With the 10 Best Bad Movies on Netflix Torture Yourself With the 10 Best Bad Movies on Netflix If you're in the mood to torture yourself, start by watching the 10 best bad movies we could find on Netflix. They're so bad that they may actually be good. Or not. Read More available. Tribeca Shortlist curates the best options for you, creating a list of “handpicked award-winning films, indie gems, and legendary classics.”

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Film critics from the Tribeca Film Festival choose and discuss their favorite films, from Groundhog Day to The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Not all of the films have corresponding discussions, but there’s a great selection of gems here, like CrashHannibalThe Great EscapeCity of God, and Persepolis. The 306 movies and critic discussions here are a great deal for the price.

SundanceNow Doc Club ($6.99 / month)

Another film-festival-focused subscription, Doc Club collects award-winning documentaries in one convenient place for documentary fiends Create An Endless Playlist Of Documentary Films To Watch With These 8 Sites Create An Endless Playlist Of Documentary Films To Watch With These 8 Sites We all know how easy it is to waste an inordinate amount of the time on the Internet, not doing much of anything productive. On the flip side, there's a lot of interesting, useful and... Read More . You’ll find a lot of the movies you’ve heard of, but haven’t watched yet: Food, Inc.Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room; Freakonomics: The Movieand The Thin Blue Line.

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Doc Club also includes some SundanceNow series, and you can choose from a wide variety of categories if you’re looking for a specific kind of documentary. This one will be tough to beat if you’re looking for non-fiction films on Amazon Prime, as you know that each of the 373 documentaries here is of high quality.

IndieFlix Shorts ($2.99 / month)

If you’re into short films Short Films: 6 Websites Packed With Short Movies [Stuff to Watch] Short Films: 6 Websites Packed With Short Movies [Stuff to Watch] Short films are perfectly suited to Internet viewing. They require a little sacrifice in terms of attention span, fit perfectly into a coffee break at work and aren’t limited to any particular genre. Everyone can... Read More , this is the channel you need. For less than the cost of a Starbucks coffee every month, you’ll get access to over 1,000 short films from over 50 countries. Short film is a unique art form, and if you’re into it, IndieFlix Shorts will help you get your fix.

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No matter what kind of film you’re looking for, from comedy to mystery to documentary to post-apocalyptic 5 Post-Apocalyptic Short Films On YouTube You Have To Watch 5 Post-Apocalyptic Short Films On YouTube You Have To Watch As I've discussed before, there seems to be a something about fictional post-apocalyptic worlds that draw modern viewers in. Perhaps it's the notion of a world with limited technology. Maybe it's the idea of actual... Read More , you can find it in this channel. And as it’s priced at just $2.99-per-month, you don’t have to give up a whole lot to add this one to your budget.

Comedy Central Stand-Up Plus ($3.99 / month)

Netflix and Amazon Prime both have some stand-up comedies available, but if you want the best of the best, you’ll need this subscription to Comedy Central. It features big name comedians including Amy Schumer, Daniel Tosh, Tracy Morgan, Joe Rogan, Bo Burnham, and Carlos Mencia.

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There are also a number of stand-up series 3+ Hilarious Comedy Web Series You Can Watch For Free [Stuff to Watch] 3+ Hilarious Comedy Web Series You Can Watch For Free [Stuff to Watch] You Suck At Photoshop is still one of the best and most complete web-series ever made – watch it, and more. Read More , including Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground and John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show. With 78 items, this channel doesn’t have as much content as many of the other options, but it’s likely to get better pretty quickly, and the cheap price makes it a tempting option.

Shudder ($4.99 / month)

“[C]urated by horror aficionados devoted to all varieties of horror,” Shudder has a wide variety of horror movies and thrillers to suit just about any taste. From classics like The Hills Have EyesDay of the DeadHellraiser, and Deadly Blessing to modern hits like Let the Right One InV/H/S, and Antichrist, you’ll find a great selection of horror movies on Shudder.

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There’s an entire section full of horror comedy movies, a few horror documentaries, and a few movies classified as Gothic Horror, all of which might appeal to those with tastes for something slightly out of the ordinary when it comes to horror films (and there have to be a few horror movies for geeks Beware of Technology! The Best Horror Films for Geeks Beware of Technology! The Best Horror Films for Geeks What better way to get your Halloween frights than with these terrifying movies where the technology is the biggest threat? Scared? I nearly strangled my iPhone. Read More hidden in there somewhere). The 290 movies included in this subscription should appeal to just about every horror fan.

CONtv ($4.99 / month)

This is a subscription channel from Comic-Con, one of the greatest geek conventions of all time 8 Geek Conventions You Should Attend At Least Once, If Not Every Year 8 Geek Conventions You Should Attend At Least Once, If Not Every Year Read More . The list of movies and shows is as intriguing as the concept. The best part about CONtv is that you never know just what you’ll find; Comic-Con workshops, interviews with celebrities, cosplay Q&As, movies like Titanic 2 and Street Fighter Alpha, shows like America’s 60 Greatest Unsolved Crimes & MysteriesThe Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3The Legend of Zelda, and Digimon, and a great list of 70s and 80s B-movies all feature.

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Science fiction, fantasy, anime, horror, comedy, mystery… it’s all there. The best way to get an idea of what’s on this channel is to just go browse the 780 movies, shows, and con experiences for yourself. There really isn’t any good way to describe it.

Add TV Channels to Amazon Prime

At $99 per year, Amazon Prime is already a great deal. And if you want to get more out of Amazon Prime Video, spending $5 or $10 per month on one of these channels is a great way to do it. You might have to budget out your online subscriptions, but if you can swing the few dollars, it should be well worth it.

Have you subscribed to any of these channels? What do you think? Will you be subscribing to any in the future? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

  1. Danny
    October 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    You neglected to mention acorntv which is almost the entire BBC tv catalogue for I think 5.00 month.

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      Sounds like a great option. Thanks for the tip!

  2. y0himba
    October 18, 2016 at 2:46 am

    I wish the article included (Github)links to the plugins. Many of them cannot be found.

    • Dann Albright
      October 21, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      What? What plugins?

  3. Thomas Markel
    August 13, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I love Shudder and have had a subscrition to it ($50/yr) since day one. Shudder now has 410 horror movies as of 8/13/2016

    • Dann Albright
      October 21, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks for your endorsement! I might have to get a subscription to that. I've pretty much maxed out Netflix and Prime's standard horror fare.

  4. Christian Cawley
    June 7, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Shame none of these offer Game of Thrones...

    • Dann Albright
      June 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      I'm sure HBO has that on lock from now until the end of time. :-) That would be great, though! And there are some really good shows available, so if you just can't swing an HBO subscription, it does work as a decent substitute.

      • Christian Cawley
        June 14, 2016 at 9:56 am

        Oh absolutely :)

        Plenty of GoT wannabes out there. I'm working on my own...

        • Dann Albright
          June 15, 2016 at 7:08 pm

          Oh yeah? Are you a fiction writer? Did I not know that?

        • Christian Cawley
          June 15, 2016 at 7:31 pm

          Not as much as I like to. I have a screenplay for a pilot underway, however.

          Screenplays are more straightforward in terms of devoting a chunk of time to the task, getting it done, making notes, and perhaps not coming back to it for days. With novels, it's so much harder because of the length.

          Well, that's how I've found it :)

        • Dann Albright
          June 15, 2016 at 7:35 pm

          I had no idea! That's fantastic! Looking forward to the debut. :-)

  5. likefun butnot
    April 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I've been enjoying Seeso, though I don't anticipate keeping it very long. There's tons of great comedy and documentaries on Youtube and Vimeo, which makes it harder to justify things like DocClub.

    • Dann Albright
      April 26, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      What do you like about Seeso? What do you tend to watch on it? I think subscribing to something like DocClub or the Sundance documentary one is probably best if you want to see award-winning popular ones. If you just want to learn about stuff, YouTube and Vimeo are perfect!

      • likefun butnot
        April 26, 2016 at 11:31 pm

        @Dann Albright,

        I admire a lot of the folks involved in creating original content on Seeso, such as Dan Harmon and Jonah Rey, so I gave it a shot. Now I've had it a couple months and I'm sort of burned out on what it has, and I have a backlog of other content to enjoy so I'm going to let it lapse. I feel like that's completely fine for this type of service.

        With regard to something like DocClub, I understand that part of the appeal isn't just the idea that it's a home to award winning content, but also that there are curated collections. Which would be great if I felt like I had a problem finding great documentaries to watch. Truthfully, this is an area where there's an embarrassment of riches waiting to be found, even just with a Netflix subscription, let alone the options that spring from free services. In this area, I would rather curate than be catered to.

        It's a big off the subject, but while I'm talking about paid streaming content, Louis C.K.'s Horace and Pete is well worth the $30 it costs to buy. I hope it gets licensed for somebody's streaming service, be it Amazon or Netflix or whomever, but it's worth seeking out on its own merit.

        • Dann Albright
          June 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm

          Thanks for sharing your experience! I think the idea of subscribing for a couple months and then letting it lapse is probably a great way to go. You're right about there being a huge number of possibilities out there, no matter which service you have.

          I've never heard of Horace and Pete, but I do really like Louis C.K., so maybe I'll check it out!

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