Amazon Prime is the fantastic product of Amazon.com, and it is getting more and more popular for each day passing by. Back in 2013, they had more than 10 million subscribers, but now that number exceeds 60 million subscribers (and growing). It is still not as popular as Netflix, but it is still great and in many ways far better than Netflix.
This article was last updated on January 5th, 2018 (checked that the recommended methods work)
I will divide this text into three parts.
- How to watch your current Amazon Prime subscription from another nation?
- How to get an Amazon Prime subscription in a country in which it is unavailable.?
- Why is Amazon Prime worth subscribing to?
- How to watch Amazon Instant Videos from abroad?
How to watch Amazon Prime from abroad?
Most people with a registered Amazon Prime account lives in the United States. In other words, it is very likely that those of you reading this article are Americans with an Amazon Prime account currently located in another nation of the world. There are also people with Prime accounts in Austria, in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Ireland, so this information will also be valid for you, telling you how to watch Amazon Prime from abroad.
Why can’t I watch Prime abroad?
As you subscribe to Amazon Prime in a nation, let us say the United States, you get access to all movies, series, music, and services included in the Amazon Prime provided by Amazon.com. This is a product available in the United States, but if you live in for example Spain you will not even be able to sign up for Amazon Prime because it is unavailable in the nation.
Therefore as you go on a holiday to for example Spain and want to watch Big Bang Theory or maybe a good film on your Amazon Prime account, you will not be able to do so, because of copyright regulations. Amazon Prime only has the rights to broadcast products included in the Prime subscription to people located in the United States, so as you go abroad, you will lose those rights, even if you have a valid subscription. What a pity, huh? One of the screenshots below will show you what you might see if you try to watch Amazon Prime overseas.
What can be done to fix this problem and still to be able to watch Amazon Prime and enjoy your current subscription?
The solution is to get yourself an American IP address (or a German, Austrian, Irish or UK, all based on in which nation you have a subscription. An IP address is your virtual address, and it will tell any website where you are currently located. As you visit the Amazon website, they will check your location, and if you are outside the nation in which you have a subscription, you will see an error message like the one mentioned earlier. As a consequence, the solution is to get an IP address in the nation in which you have an account, and luckily that is very easy to get!
Get a new IP address and watch Amazon Prime from abroad
To get yourself a new IP address and to watch Amazon Prime or Amazon Instant Videos the solution is to use the VPN services of ExpressVPN, PureVPN or StrongVPN. All three providers give you great service and a working product and what they do is that once you subscribe to their services, they will let you connect to their servers located worldwide. As you connect to a server in the UK, your online traffic and movements will be made through that server, making it look as if it origins in the United Kingdom, and not as where you are currently at. In other words, if you connect to a server in the United States, you will get yourself an American IP address, and thus you will be able to “trick” Amazon Prime, and you will be able to enjoy your Amazon Prime subscription at once!
The best way to stream Amazon Prime abroad
The best way to stream Amazon Prime abroad is using the VPN services of ExpressVPN. They have a brilliant application, excellent customer service, and a 30-day full refund policy. In addition to stream Amazon Prime abroad, you can also use ExpressVPN to access US Netflix.
Click the button above, visit their website and sign up for their services. You can then download their VPN client to your mobile device, computer or tablet, connect to a server in the USA and you are ready to stream Amazon Prime from abroad right away.
More ways to stream Amazon Prime abroad
If you do not want to use ExpressVPN to watch Amazon Videos abroad, then you can also use StrongVPN (PureVPN does not seem to work anymore).
- Visit the StrongVPN website.
- Sign up for one month, six months or for a year. Connect to a server in the United States (not all servers work, but quite a lot of them do).
- Enjoy your Amazon Prime subscription in a few minutes.
How to get an Amazon Prime account if you live in a nation where it is unavailable?
I will not write a very long answer to this one because it is effortless and the principle is the same as when you want to watch your Amazon Prime account from abroad. All you need to do is to get yourself an American IP address, which you can easily get using ExpressVPN. Then you create a new Amazon.com profile, and as you then visit Amazon.com with your new profile and with your American IP address (that you will get as you connect to a US server using ExpressVPN), you can sign up for Amazon Prime at once. Make sure to enter a US address on your profile (if you do not have one, just do a search for Walmart Los Angeles, Marriott New York or whatever, and just use that address information). As a payment card, you will need an American payment card of some sort. You can read more about how to get one right here.
Once you have succeeded in signing up, just start watching Amazon Prime at once, and do not forget that you need to use the VPN connection in the future as well every time you want to watch your Amazon Prime subscription.
Why is Amazon Prime such a good service?
You may ask why sign up for Amazon Prime when there are lots of other good streaming services available online such as Netflix, Hulu and services provided by Google and Apple. The answer is easy! Amazon Prime is great, they have lots of new titles and TV series (making it much fresher than for example Netflix). In addition they will let you stream music as well, making it work kind of like Spotify, but you do not need an extra subscription for this to work. So it is both a music and a video streaming services at one.
Brand new from September 2015 is that you as a Prime subscriber can download the films to your devices (not to Windows) and watch the film offline which is totally awesome and that is a function that beats a knockout on for example Netflix!
Besides these facts you will also get the right to upload unlimited photos as you subscribe to Amazon Prime, and thus store your images and photos online. You also have a two-day shipping for free policy with your Prime subscription. I almost forgot, but you get access to lots of free books and magazines to borrow with Prime Reading. In addition you can get one book for free every month which is yours to own forever.
I guess you are in a hurry already to sign up for Amazon Prime already if you do not have an account yet. Have fun and enjoy watching Amazon Prime from abroad!