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December 09 2015 @ 02:39 pm
US Amazon Prime Members Can Now Have Starz  
Great news for the Outlander fans in the US. You don't have to have Cable to watch Outlander. But you do have to have Amazon Prime.

Amazon’s Prime members just got a new perk: Showtime and Starz, unbundled and cheap. The internet company launched a new initiative called “Streaming Partners Program” Tuesday that allows Prime members to add subscription programming from close to 20 partners for an added fee to their Prime video service.

You can now add-on a Starz membership for $8.99 a month via Amazon. And I believe the idea is that you can first sign up for a 7 day free trial and then it is $8.99 a month which will get you access to Outlander Season One and then future episodes will be available as soon as they broadcast. Now I don't know if they will be available after the show airs or at the same time as Cable subscribers see them.

You all get tons of movies as well.

US Amazon Prime Members can Sign Up For Starz Here.

Considering how hard it is to get access to Starz anywhere else, I think this is a good option though it would be nice if you didn't have to already be a Prime member.
Jo Ann: Logo: Amazonyeuxdebleu on December 10th, 2015 02:47 am (UTC)
That's interesting. But it means you'd have to watch anything on Starz or Showtime only on your computer. That would be fine with me because my computer monitor is big and beautiful and the downstairs TV is crap.

I have Prime, but I won't be signing up for this because we pay $9 a month each for Starz and Showtime. It's about the same cost, but means we have these channels available for all the TVs in the house. Since I subscribe to Starz and Showtime, I can watch all their shows on DishAnywhere since I watch most TV on my computer.

You have Prime and DishNetwork so what are you planning to do?
Jill aka Jo: Stock: Cookiesireesanwar on December 11th, 2015 11:27 pm (UTC)
Not for the people who have Fire TV or Fire Sticks. I do. I have that stick in the back of my TV which makes it possible to watch the Amazon Prime programming easily. But I can also watch on my Kindle, Computer, Phone... etc.

I haven't decided if I'll sign up for it. I mean it is cheaper for me since it usually costs me around $20 with taxes for the Starz pack. So it is a way better deal. But I do wonder if I can turn it off easily because I'll only want it to watch the episodes and if I can't watch them immediately then it isn't worth it.

Have to see.
Jo Ann: Adam:  Hmm thinking GIFyeuxdebleu on December 11th, 2015 11:40 pm (UTC)
I don't think I can use this because our TVs aren't connected to the Internet. That needs to be done first, no?

If you're paying #20 just for Starz, then it seems to me to be a good deal for you.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 12th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
So the Fire Stick connects to the WiFi. You plug it into the back of a Flat Screen and go through the set up and sign into your Amazon and put the password in for the WiFi and then start watching.

We have very fast internet so it works well but if you can stream you could probably use the FireStick.

I know right. I'm just wondering if Amazon will make me keep it for more than the time the show is running. If I keep it for 2 month then it is WAY cheaper than keeping Starz that long but Amazon might have issue with me discontinuing it. I don't know. Have to investigate that but thankfully I've got time.
Jo Ann: Rob: Arghh expression-fingers press headyeuxdebleu on December 12th, 2015 12:56 am (UTC)
Well, first of all, satellite Internet isn't all that fast. But it's waaaay better than when we had dial-up. I can watch pretty much anything with no buffering, but it uses bandwidth and we get only 25 GB a month. That keeps me from doing much streaming. We also don't have a flat screen TV.

Second, we don't have wi-fi. Well, we sort of do. The modem is in my husband's office which is two floors above the house level and in an addition about 50 feet away. My computer (in the den) had to be hard-wired because the wi-fi signal couldn't travel that far and through a bunch of walls.

That's the reason I don't have a tablet. I would only be able to use it in his office. The Internet situation is one of the drawbacks to living in the boonies. No company is willing to do anything to improve the situation because the population is too spread out and not dense enough.

If we ever move, the first thing I'm going to inquire about is what kind of Internet is available.

Edited at 2015-12-12 01:00 am (UTC)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 12th, 2015 01:07 am (UTC)
Oh my that is awesome. 25 GB is nothing! I so love unlimited. You have to keep looking even in the boonies. We couldn't get anything be satellite for a while and then this new company came in that put up towers and you just had a have a sight-line to the tower which was hardwired with cable internet. Amazing. No limits. But since we live in town now we just have cable.

Yeah you'd have to have wifi so that is a no go. Though I'll tell you you can get WiFi extenders which we did. I bought one off Amazon and put it in my landlords garage so she could use our net. She let's us take half the price out of rent.

Yeah, I can't imagine not having WiFi. So hard. Me too. I love being able to get the cable internet because it is so fast and there are no limits. I hope someday something comes along.
Jo Ann: Cmas: Dog who stole Cmasyeuxdebleu on December 12th, 2015 01:17 am (UTC)
For now, satellite is all that's available here. Towers wouldn't help because of the mountains. They have been putting up cell phone towers all over the place, but we're in a valley in the boonies and the surrounding mountains block the signal since there are no towers on the mountains around us. That's why we also don't have cell phones. No point since there's no service.

I have so many friends who have cable and unlimited downloads. I also know some people who have fiber optic service and no download limits. It's very hard not to be jealous. I doubt that in my lifetime we'll get anything faster because, as I said, there simply isn't sufficient population to make it worth anyone's while to put in cable, fiber optic, etc.
Jill aka Jo: OUaT: Charmingsireesanwar on December 12th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
I meant awful last time, not awesome. LOL

Well, there might not be but maybe something will happen. I remember having something called ISDN... what that it. It was like dial up but much faster though I think satellite is better. But I don't understand these caps. Makes no sense to limit internet use in this day and age. Maybe that is what has to change for you.
Jo Ann: Cmas: Snoopy decorate dog houseyeuxdebleu on December 12th, 2015 02:26 am (UTC)
LOL I wondered why you thought that was "awesome." ;>)

But I don't understand these caps. Makes no sense to limit internet use in this day and age.

OK, I'll try to explain. Think of satellite Internet as a party-line phone system. The more people who are using it at any given time, the slower the service is. Frank uses it during the day and I use it in the evening. He gets faster download speeds than I do because in the evening, many more people are on line. From midnight to 6 AM usage doesn't count against the download limit so it's good for night owls like me. Not all satellite services offer this. Consequently, if I want to watch a show on Hulu.com or DishAnywhere, I usually do so after midnight.

All satellite services have to adhere to a "fair use policy" by law. If they didn't, then people could stream all day and night and it would slow service for everyone. It all has to do with the equipment used for satellite. We have the Exede Plan 3 and that's the best plan available for anyone in my area...the most bandwidth and the fastest download speed.

Some people think that in the future more Internet providers of all types will apply caps to control usage. It's either that or upgrading equipment which they're reluctant to do because it's expensive. I think the government needs to step in and order communications companies to be sure ALL residents of the areas they serve have access to fast, unlimited Internet. It's as important now as phone service was 50 years ago.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 16th, 2015 01:25 am (UTC)
Well, yes that all makes sense but they need to come up with a better plan now. They are slowly falling behind the times.

You're icon is soooo cute. Can I snag it???
Jo Ann: Cmas: Snoopy decorate dog houseyeuxdebleu on December 16th, 2015 06:10 am (UTC)
Yes, they absolutely do need to come up with something better. Streaming is how people are watching movies and TV shows more and more these days and it will be even more common in a couple of years. As it is, people have satellite Internet only when nothing else is available to them.

Yes, sure you can snag my Snoopy decorating his dog house icon. It was made by seasonal_icons
Jill aka Jo: H: Snoopy animatedsireesanwar on December 18th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
It is true. Hopefully something good will come of it.

Got it and I always credit so done and done. TOO CUTE!
Jo Ann: Cmas: Snoopy on skates in snowyeuxdebleu on December 19th, 2015 06:46 am (UTC)
I you love Snoopy, here's another you might like.
Jill aka Jo: H: Snoopysireesanwar on December 23rd, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh that is really cute. I'll have to save it for next year since I'll soon be removing my Christmas icons.

I feel this whole Christmas thing went too fast. LOL