Amazon Prime Video doesn’t have the brag-worthy subscription numbers that Netflix enjoys worldwide, but there are indicators that it is making solid inroads across the globe. For example, Digital TV Research recently predicted that while Netflix will remain the dominant force in Western European subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) for the next five years, Amazon will offer some challenges in that area as an estimated 15 Western European countries will offer Amazon Prime Video by the end of 2017.
An announcement on Wednesday that Amazon Prime Video is now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe seems to underline that forecast.
“Amazon Prime members in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy, and Spain can start watching today at no additional cost to their Prime membership,” Amazon reports in a statement. “Customers in the other new Prime Video territories can sign up at an introductory price of $2.99 (or €2.99) per month for the first six months.”
Amazon Prime Video is available in English with French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles and dubbed versions are also said to be available for many titles, according to the company. The app is available online, as well as Android and iOS phones and tablets, Fire tablets, and some LG and Samsung smart TVs.
Amazon Prime users can download movies and TV shows for offline viewing when they don’t have internet access like on a plane or in the subway. Netflix announced that option earlier this month, which you can read more about here.
For the data-frugal, Amazon points out that Prime Video members can control how much data they use when streaming and downloading video by picking among “good,” “better,” and “best” visual quality settings. Amazon Prime Video’s automated and machine learning systems are also said to select the best streaming configurations for a given customer based on their device, location, and internet service provider.