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Any night can be a movie night. But with the right tools, you can plan the ultimate movie night in. Cozy throw blankets, innovative popcorn poppers and the right soundbar can all help you take things to the next level. Most importantly, however, you need the right streaming service.
Remember going to Blockbuster with your parents to pick out the latest Olsen twins’ flick or when Netflix would send you a DVD via snail mail? Yeah, thank goodness for streaming, especially Amazon Prime Video.
What is Amazon Prime Video?
Movies are a lot like pizza — even a bad one is usually worth finishing. There might be a twist at the end! However, Amazon Prime Video has so many movies to choose from, you can make sure that you never watch a boring film again.
Amazon’s premier video streaming service is chockfull of popular movies and TV shows, award-winning Amazon Originals, live events and more. Subscribers also get access to 100+ video channels and special deals to rent or buy newly released movies and more.
A few Amazon Originals you may have heard of over the years (and should definitely watch) include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, LuLaRich, One Night in Miami… and The Big Sick, just to name a few. You can’t watch them anywhere else but on Amazon Prime Video.
So how do you get access to Amazon Prime Video?
To access Amazon Prime Video, you first need to be an Amazon Prime member or an Amazon Prime Student member (the latter is exclusively for college students). Essentially, Amazon Prime Video is a major perk for Prime Members among a long list of other benefits.
Plus, you can watch Amazon Prime Video pretty much anywhere. You can stream Amazon Prime Video on most smart TVs or you can get an Amazon Fire Stick to get access. Additionally, you can stream through select set-top boxes, game consoles and Blu-ray players.
There’s also an Amazon Prime Video app for tablets and mobile phones as well as Apple and Android devices.
You can check online to make sure your devices are compatible, but there’s a pretty good chance they are.
What are Prime Video Channels?
OK, so Prime Video Channels are essentially how you can watch movies and videos from other streaming services or cable channels. Instead of using a bunch of different apps, you can connect, watch and pay for each of them through your Amazon Prime account.
Watch movies and shows from HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Paramount+, Cinemax, AMC+ and more starting at just $4.99. However, if you’re an Amazon Prime Student member, you can also get select Prime Video Channels for just $0.99 per month for 12 months.
Plan the ultimate movie night in
If you’re not yet an Amazon Prime member, snag a 30-day free trial to start watching Amazon Prime Video ASAP. Once you have it, you’re ready to plan the ultimate movie night in.
Take a look below at a few other movie night essentials you can score on Amazon (and get delivered within two days for free with Amazon Prime).
1. Majority Bowfell Small Sound Bar, $39.95 (Orig. $44.95)
Thanks to its built-in subwoofer, this affordable soundbar will make you feel like you’re in an actual movie theater.
2. The Comfy, $44.95
The Comfy is a wearable blanket lined with sherpa fleece. Cozy up on the couch in one of these the next time you turn on a film!
3. The Connecticut Home Company Shag and Sherpa Throw Blanket, $26.99 (Orig. $39.99)
If you’re not into wearing your blankets, this throw blanket is silky soft and super warm. It’s shaggy on one side, sherpa teddy material on the other. There’s also a version of this blanket that swaps the shag for faux fur, if that’s more your style.
4. Ecolution Original Microwave Micro-Pop Popcorn Popper, $10.97 (Orig. $12.99)
For most people, popcorn is an essential part of movie night. But you can skip the bags and make fresh popcorn in the microwave in this glass popper. It has a designated spot on top for melting butter, too.
The secret to movie theaters’ buttery popcorn is that they use a butter-flavored oil and not actual butter. The oil is lighter and won’t make your popcorn soggy. They also use Flavacol, a seasoning that mixes salt, artificial butter flavor and two yellow dyes to give your popcorn its signature yellow color. You can make real movie theater popcorn at home with this tasty bundle.
6. The Care Crate Ultimate Candy Snack Box, $36.99
You can create your own concession stand with this candy snack box. It has every type of candy you and your friends and family could ever want.
If you liked this article, check out all of the perks you can get with Amazon Prime Student.
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