Earlier today, Amazon announced that it will be adding commercials to its Prime Video service. Now, its base Prime Video service that is included with Amazon Prime will add commercials starting in early 2024. If you want a commercial-free experience, it will cost you an extra $2.99 a month.
The commercials will be added to movies and TV shows starting in early 2024 in U.S., U.K., Germany, and Canada, followed by France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Australia later in the year. Amazon says its ads will be “meaningfully fewer” commercials compared to what you would see on cable TV.
“To continue investing in compelling content and keep increasing that investment over a long period of time, starting in early 2024, Prime Video shows and movies will include limited advertisements. We aim to have meaningfully fewer ads than linear TV and other streaming TV providers. Ads in Prime Video content will be introduced in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Canada in early 2024, followed by France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Australia later in the year. No action is required for Prime members. We’re not making changes in 2024 to the current price of Prime membership. We will also offer a new ad-free option for an additional $2.99 per month* for U.S. Prime members and will share pricing for other countries at a later date. We will email Prime members several weeks before ads are introduced into Prime Video with information on how to sign up for the ad-free option if they would like.” Amazon said in a statement on its website.
Currently, Amazon Prime costs $14.99 a month or $139 per year. You can get just Prime Video for $8.99. Starting next year in the U.S. if you want comercial free, you will now need to pay an extra $2.99 a month.
If you qualify, you can get Amazon Prime at a discounted rate of $69 per year for students and $6.99 per year if you qualify with programs like EBT, Medicaid, NAP, and other government assistance programs.
Amazon joins a growing number of programs that have launched our will launch ad-supported plans. This includes Disney+, AMC+, Netflix, Max, and more.
With Amazon Prime, you get free shipping on select orders, streaming of videos and music, Prime Reading, and select special discounts or sales amoung other benefits. You can find everything Amazon Prime includes on its website HERE.