Published on December 14th, 2016 | by Yasser Masood1
Amazon Prime Video available across Middle East region
Amazon enters the competitive video streaming playing field by bringing their Amazon Prime Video streaming service to the Middle East region. Early this year, Netflix surprised everyone by announcing its global rollout with many Middle East countries eligible to sign up. Quite a holiday giving surprise by Amazon to expand Prime Video, especially when it’s the peak time for vacationers.
Broadband penetration is increasing across the region, and the popularity of video streaming has been on the rise. For many of us who want to binge watch our favourite shows with a monthly subscription fee, such streaming services have been available in certain countries with geographic restrictions. This would nicely put Netflix and Amazon in good competition for new users across the region. Amazon has the Grand Tour (for Top Gear fans) to entice new users, while Netflix has been around with a growing library of originals and fan favourite shows.
What’s inside Amazon’s surprise?
There are no restrictions on its use, as you can access it on their official app across various iOS and Android devices. With the expanded global rollout, you can easily download any movie/TV show from the Amazon Prime Video library for offline viewing. It’s similar to Netflix’s approach, but it’ll come down to video content offered by either providers.
To celebrate the global roll-out of Amazon Prime Video, Amazon is offering a sign-up rate of $2.99/month for the first six (6) months for all countries. After that, the default subscription rate will be $5.99/month. Prime Video is officially now available across the following countries:
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
Amazon also surprised its followers with a special trailer for The Grand Tour to celebrate the occasion.
— Amazon Video (@AmazonVideo) December 14, 2016