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Amazon Prime Video: Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Know

Amazon Prime Video: Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Know

Amazon prime video is a streaming service from Amazon that offers access to tens of thousands of movies and shows. It is an over-the-top(OTT) platform based on subscription video on demand(SVOD). You either subscribe or rent the services of Amazon Prime to watch its video content. Other benefits of Amazon Prime include Amazon channels, Amazon music, Prime games.

With Amazon Prime, you get access to your favorite shows and movies from HBO, SHOWTIME, and STARZ. You can watch them without cables and cancel them anytime. Amazon channel costs $4.99-$14.99 per month for Prime members. 

You have a number of things to enjoy at Amazon Prime. The lowest cost Amazon Prime video plan is $8.99 and $ 119 annually. If you are an eligible student, pay $6.49 a month or $59 a year, the cheapest option offered to stream Amazon prime content. Thus, there are millions of subscribers. Among the 200 million Amazon Prime subscribers across 19 countries, Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, claims that over 175 million users have streamed films or television shows in the past year. With the increase in the number of users, Amazon has several accessibility features for its viewers.   

These accessibility features on Amazon enhance the viewer experience. It is most helpful for people with disabilities to use technology more efficiently.

Amazon provides features like subtitles, alternative tracks, audio descriptions, or a combination of these features. The supported features vary depending on the device you are using.

How to turn on Subtitles or Captions on Prime video on connected devices?

Connected devices include Smart TVs, Apple TVs, Blue-Ray players, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, and Set-Top boxes. On all these devices, you can stream movies and shows available on Amazon Prime. All you need is a stable internet connection for streaming.

  • Let’s get started. Select the language that you wish to have subtitles or captions on the connected devices before watching the show. On the title’s Overview screen, press Up, then press right to select the subtitles. If captions are available for the show, they would be denoted by the Closed Captions or Subtitles icon.
  • If the subtitles or captions are supported during the playback of a title, select the Closed Captions or Subtitles icon from the playback menu. Press the enter button on your remote control or a game controller to access this menu.
  • If your device supports, the size and color of the text used for subtitles can be adjusted using the Subtitles setting menu. Presets can be created and enabled rather than changing them every time. 

Amazon Prime video subtitlesNote: Roku devices do not support subtitle presets. Edit them on the Settings menu on your Roku device

How to turn on Subtitles or Captions on prime Video on Web, Amazon Devices and Mobile Devices

Connected devices include Smart TVs, Apple TVs, Blue-Ray players, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, and Set-Top boxes. On all these devices, you can stream movies and shows available on Amazon Prime. All you need is a stable internet connection for streaming.

  • Let’s get started. Select the language that you wish to have subtitles or captions on the connected devices before watching the show. On the title’s Overview screen, press Up, then press right to select the subtitles. If captions are available for the show, they would be denoted by the Closed Captions or Subtitles icon.
  • If the subtitles or captions are supported during the playback of a title, select the Closed Captions or Subtitles icon from the playback menu. Press the enter button on your remote control or a game controller to access this menu.
  • If your device supports, the size and color of the text used for subtitles can be adjusted using the Subtitles setting menu. Presets can be created and enabled rather than changing them every time. 
Amazon video subtitles
Amazon video subtitles

Note: Roku devices do not support subtitle presets. Edit them on the Settings menu on your Roku device

How to select Alternative audio tracks or audio descriptions on Connected Devices?

Most of the Prime videos have multiple audio tracks that include alternative languages or audio descriptions. Audio descriptions describe what is visually going on the screen. They are helpful for blind and low vision viewers. On the titles Overview screen, press up, and then right to select the audio language of your choice. Audio Description tracks include the text in the track name.

How to select Alternative audio tracks on prime Video on the Web, Amazon Devices and Mobile Devices?

When you are playing a title, tap your device’s screen to select the Closed Caption or Subtitles icon. Thereon, select the audio track you wish to listen to. The supported features depend on the device you are using.

Many Prime video titles may have a combination of subtitles, alternative tracks, and audio descriptions.

Keyboard shortcuts on Amazon video

KEYACTION
SPACETo toggle play or pause
FTo enter or exit fullscreen
EscTo exit full screen or exit playback
Left arrowTo rewind 10  secs
Right arrowFast-forward 10 seconds
Up arrowTo increase volume
Down arrowTo decrease volume
MTo toggle mute
CTo toggle subtitles or captions on and off, and between available subtitle/caption
ATo toggle through available audio tracks and audio descriptions