You may need a TV Licence with the launch of Amazon Channels

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Amazon have launched Amazon Channels in the UK and Germany. Amazon Channels allows Amazon Prime members to add channel subscriptions for a low monthly fee without the need to sign up for a bundle or enter a lengthy contract.

Amazon Channels are available as individual subscriptions costing between £1.49 and £6.99 per channel per month with anytime cancellation. The proposition includes a range of premium and genre TV channel subscriptions, live TV and on-demand and free trials on the majority of subscriptions.

One thing you do need to be aware of, once you start adding live subscriptions you’re obliged to have a TV Licence in the UK. It’s the same if you watch BBC iPlayer live – catch up TV services don’t need a licence which (for colour) currently costs £147.00 pa.

This is potentially a real money spinner for Amazon – you wouldn’t have to subscribe to too many channels to be paying more than your Amazon Prime subscription costs in the first place. The hook is the convenience of being able to watch a ton of extra content through a single account on any device that you own – no more watching the Grand Tour on Amazon, then ITV hub on your Apple iOS device and then switch to Sky to watch Discovery.

It’s no real surprise to see Amazon wanting to keep you on Amazon regardless of whether you’re shopping, reading, saving your photos or in this case watching TV. You can sign up to ITV Hub+ on the ITV website for £3.99 and it’ll cost exactly the same to sign up to watch it on Amazon. The difference is that it’s that little bit more of your life billed by Amazon and tying you in to their brand – Once you’ve got a Prime account they want to make it indispensable and more important to you than just the free one-day shipping which is why most people sign up in the first place.

Sellers take note – we’re constantly hearing that Amazon is one of the fastest growing channels and (sadly for those that resist using it) FBA (or seller fulfilled FBA) accelerates your Amazon business even faster. If you’re still not using FBA it’s worth at least trialling it for some of your best sellers just to check the difference in sell through rates.

Amazon Channels available in the UK

  • Acacia TV – Hundreds of fun and effective workouts for every fitness level for £5.99 a month
  • Alchemiya – Great films and documentaries about Muslim culture and life for £3.99 a month
  • Arrow Video – On demand cult classics and horror from Arrow Films for £4.99 a month
  • BFI Player+ – On Demand classic British and critically acclaimed movies for £4.99 a month
  • BeFit UK – Get fit fast with unlimited streaming of hundreds of workouts for £5.99 a month
  • Comic Con HQ – Fan-favourite films, original programming, exclusive access and more for £4.99 a month
  • Curiosity Stream – Exclusive documentaries from the world’s best filmmakers in HD for £5.49 a month
  • Daily Burn – On Demand and live workouts including dance, strength training, yoga, cardio and more for £9.99 a month
  • Discovery – Documentaries and unscripted entertainment from Discovery for £4.99 a month
  • Eurosport Player – Live and On Demand sports programming, including Grand Slam tennis, cycling and winter sports for £6.99 a month
  • Fandor – A hand-picked collection of the most talked about indie, foreign and classic films for £3.49 a month
  • Filmbox – Hollywood movies, favourite evergreens and popular series for £3.99 a month
  • Full Moon Features – All the Full Moon classics and new releases on demand for £3.99 a month
  • Gaia – Yoga, nutrition, meditation and more for £7.99 a month
  • Horse & Country Play – The home of equestrianism and British country lifestyle, now on demand for £3.99 a month
  • ITV Hub+ – Watch live, download your favourite ITV shows for offline viewing, and catch up on tons of ad-free episodes for £3.99 a month
  • hayu (NBC Universal) – On Demand reality TV programming including Keeping Up with the Kardashians for £3.99 a month
  • Heera – An Amazon-exclusive on demand channel with over 600 Bollywood, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, and Telegu movies and series including blockbusters like Sultan and Kabali for only £3.99 a month
  • Hopster – Make screen time smart with safe, ad-free content for kids for £3.99 a month
  • Ketchup TV – Hundreds of episodes of shows for kids, packed with their favourites for £2.29 a month
  • Love Nature – Ad-free, family friendly nature documentaries on demand for £3.99 a month
  • MGM – Hollywood hits, timeless classics and cult favourites movies from MGM for £4.49 a month
  • Motorvision – On Demand TV dedicated to the automotive world including car reviews & tests, motorsports and lifestyle shows for £2.99 a month
  • MUBI – A new, critically acclaimed movie to stream every day for £5.99 a month
  • Nautical Channel – The network focused on sailing lifestyle, available live and on-demand for £3.99 a month
  • Nordic Noir and Beyond – The best thriller, crime and drama series from the Nordics and beyond for £4.99 a month
  • Panna – Easy-to-follow video recipes from master chefs and cooking courses for £1.49 a month
  • Pinoy Box Office – Filipino movies and series on demand for £1.99 a month
  • Planet Knowledge – Exciting and informative HD documentaries on nature, history, culture and more for £2.29 a month
  • Pongalo Next – Latin American movies and series on demand for £2.99 a month
  • Qello Concerts – The greatest concert films from icons and new artists like The Who, Queen, The Beatles, Muse and more for £5.99 a month
  • Realeyz – Independent films by award-winning filmmakers on demand for £4.99 a month
  • Rooster Teeth – Original sci-fi, gaming and comedy for £3.99 a month
  • Shudder – Backed by AMC Networks, Shudder super-serves fans of thrillers, suspense, and horror for £4.99 a month
  • Studio Universal Classics – Classic movies from Universal Studios for £3.99 a month
  • Sweatflix – Stream HIIT workouts and yoga flows for £9.49 a month
  • Tastemade Plus – Our network of Tastemakers bring great food and travel to the world for £1.99 a month
  • The Great Courses Signature Collection – A curated collection of educational courses On Demand for £5.49 a month
  • UP Family – Entertainment for the whole family for £3.49 a month
  • Viewster Anime – ad-free anime on demand from Viewster for £2.99 a month
  • Yoga Anytime Channel – HD yoga videos on demand for £6.99 a month

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