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With so many fantastic shows, a lot of which are binge-worthy, you might wish to catch up on the latest episode while travelling outside of the US as well.

Try to do that, however, and you will be greeted with a very annoying message:

“This video isn’t available due to geographical licensing restrictions”

The message itself is pretty self-explanatory. It means that because you are outside of the US, Amazon is not permitted to show you the content. Copyright laws and other legalities are to blame and Amazon is simply complying with them.

So what can you do? Use a VPN, of course.

Is all Amazon Prime Video content locked if I’m outside the US?

There is only a limited selection of Amazon Prime Video content you can watch without using a VPN while you are abroad. You can view the selection of titles in Amazon’s Watch While Abroad page.

Alternatively, you will have to download the shows to your device. However, this is not possible with all shows and movies so you might be out of luck if your favorite ones are not in the list.

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With a VPN, you can watch Amazon Prime Videos from any country

Whether you are a US expat with an active Amazon Prime subscription or a traveller who just wants to watch their favorite shows while abroad, a VPN might be what you are looking for. It doesn’t really matter which country you are currently in. Spain, France, the UK, Canada, Dubai, Germany, all of them work the same as far as VPN services go.

Here’s how to watch Amazon Prime Video outside the US

  1. Create an American Amazon Prime Video account if you don’t have one yet.
  2. Get a VPN account from our recommended list.
  3. Sign in and connect to a VPN server located in the US.
  4. Try to watch Amazon Prime Video outside USA.

Note: You will need an American bank card to pay for an Amazon Prime Video subscription. If you don’t have it, we can help you to create a new account for a small fee. The account creation process takes about 24 hours and we will deliver you credentials that you can use. So, after you purchase a VPN send us an e-mail and we will continue from there.

You can install a VPN on all major platforms and devices including Android, iOS, PC, macOS, smart TVs, gaming consoles PS4, Xbox One and streaming boxes.

You should know that, like Netflix, Amazon actively block VPNs

While a VPN is generally a great solution that lets you unblock geographical restrictions, this is not always the case here. Unblocking Amazon Prime Video and accessing its streaming shows is not always possible.

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In fact, if the company detects you are using a VPN, it will simply not let you unlock Prime Video and you will just see the same message about geographical licensing restrictions.

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Staff Reporter On 24, Apr 2016

This week, Amazon stepped up its competition with Netflix by launching a new standalone subscription streaming plan for US customers – the first time its monthly video service has been available without having to sign up for a full annual Amazon Prime membership.

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While this was new for American viewers, though, UK Amazon customers have always been able to sign up to Amazon Prime Video without paying annually – something that, as the British media covered the news, soon became clear wasn’t common knowledge. With many mainstream newspapers and magazines often confusing what’s included with Amazon’s Prime membership and what’s not, let alone what any of the terminology means, we’re here to set the record straight and provide you with the most accurate information. Because hey, that’s what we’re here for.

Here are nine things you may not know about Amazon Prime Video:

1. It’s not the same as Amazon Prime

Newspapers and magazines may refer to Amazon Prime Video as Amazon Prime, but they are not the same thing: Amazon Prime is an annual membership scheme that costs £79 a year and gives you free next-day UK delivery on Amazon purchases – as well as access to a range of other bonuses. Amazon Prime Video is a perk included with that (along with Amazon’s Spotify rival, Prime Music), but it’s not the same thing – you can sign up to an Amazon Prime Video account for £5.99 a month as a standalone product without any Prime commitments. That means you can cancel it whenever you like.

2. It’s not the same as Amazon Instant Video either

Here’s the thing that a lot of people don’t seem to understand – and, again, the mainstream media doesn’t help, because they don’t always use the right names for each service. Amazon Video is divided into two separate parts: Amazon Prime Video, its all-you-can-stream subscription service, and Amazon Instant Video, its pay-per-view store for buying and renting videos.

Just because something is listed on Amazon as a video for streaming, that doesn’t mean it’s part of Amazon Prime Video. Films and TV shows can be on both Prime Video and Instant Video, neither of them, or just one of them – the way to spot the videos included in your subscription for free is to look for the Prime banner in the top left corner of a title. When you search for a film or TV show (whether on the site or in the Amazon Video app), you can also filter your results to see only the “Prime” titles – much like when you search for a product on Amazon and filter the results to show the ones eligible for Prime delivery.

(On Amazon’s annual Amazon “Prime Day” – 11th July – it will often offer discounted videos to buy and rent on Amazon Instant Video exclusively to Amazon Prime members. Just in case the distinction wasn’t confusing enough already.)

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3. You can watch Prime Video things offline

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Amazon Prime Video allows you to download some of its films and TV shows to watch offline – just the thing for a car journey, train ride or long flight. Eligible titles mostly consist of Amazon originals, but you can look for the Download option on any Amazon Prime Video title by checking the video details on its page.

4. You can watch things abroad

Don’t have the space on your device to download things for offline viewing before going on holiday? Don’t panic: some things are available to stream overseas too – as with Netflix, this is likely to be original shows, such as The Man in the High Castle. You can find a list of eligible titles here.

5. You can share your account with others

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Netflix and Amazon Prime both let you share accounts with other users. While a standard Netflix plan covers up to two streams at any one time (four streams for the higher rate of £9.99 a month), Amazon allows two adults with their own accounts to create an “Amazon Household”. This means that they can share Prime membership benefits between them for the price of one subscription – and share them with up to four children, who don’t need Amazon accounts. So, that’s six members in total for the standard Amazon Prime annual fee.

Amazon Prime benefits can be shared between the two adults in an Amazon Household. Amazon Student Prime members (free trial or paid) or invited guests of other Prime members, however, can’t share their benefits. To share Prime Video streaming, both adults must have a 1-Click billing address and payment method within the UK. If you don’t, you’ll be asked to provide this during the sign up process.

6. It does have a decent film and TV selection

Amazon Prime Video is, simply, not as cool as Netflix – after all, one’s a young company specialising in movies and TV, and the other is on online retailer that sells socks. But Amazon Prime Video’s collection is far better than its reputation suggests: Warner Bros. and Studiocanal provide the biggest hitters in the service’s catalogue, which, depending on when you’re looking, ranges from Man of Steel (and a whole heap of animated DC outings) and Gravity to Paddington, the Shaun the Sheep movie and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. eOne titles, such as The BFG, are also available.

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Amazon’s original series, meanwhile, have stepped up their quality significantly, with Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle more than deserving their double Golden Globe wins, and The Man in the High Castle standing alongside the best TV shows of recent years. Add in ongoing exclusive deals for American Gods, Fear The Walking Dead, Black Sails, Ripper Street, Outlander, Halt and Catch Fire and Preacher, and you have an impressive standalone streaming service, let alone an appealing bonus for Prime members.

7. It’s cheaper than Netflix

Perhaps Amazon’s strongest feature is its price. Amazon Prime Video costs £5.99 a month, which makes it cheaper than Netflix – something that’s easy to overlook when you think the only option is an £79 yearly Amazon Prime sum. While Netflix continues to fund its expansion around the world, Amazon apparently has no problem throwing cash to spare at its video arm, which means that Amazon Prime Video also includes HDR and 4K support for selected titles – something that would cost £9.99 a month on Netflix.

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8. You can add on “Amazon Channels”

Amazon has now introduced its “Amazon Channels” to the UK, which consist of a range of subscription and premium services, which can be added to your Amazon Prime membership as a customised bundle. Add-on services include Shudder (£4.99 a month), EuroSport Player, the Discovery Channel, BFI Player+, MUBI and Hopster. Many are not offered at a discount and can already be subscribed to without an Amazon Prime membership, such as MUBI, BFI Player+ and Shudder. EuroSport Player, though, is cheaper through Amazon Channels: normally, it costs £5.99 for 24 hours, but with Amazon costs £6.99 for a month’s access. The Discovery Channel, meanwhile, is not available anywhere else without a pay-TV package. It costs £4.99 a month. Also included is Heera, an Amazon-exclusive on demand channel with over 600 Bollywood, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, and Telegu movies and series, which costs £3.99 a month. For a full guide to Amazon Channels, click here.

9. New things are added to Amazon Prime Video all the time

Keep up to date with what’s new on Amazon Prime Video UK by visiting our dedicated Amazon channel here – including new releases, reviews, what’s leaving soon and recommended box sets.