For many years, even before the name changed from Lovefilm to Prime Video, Amazon's service has been available for free as part of Prime membership. That meant, for one flat fee you could get unrestricted streaming access to all the shows and movies, as well as free same- or next-day deliveries, access to exclusive deals on Amazon Prime Day (and Prime Day 2), and a whole stack of other benefits.
But that is about to change. As previously rumoured, Amazon Prime Video content will include commercials from "early 2024". The company says that it plans for fewer ads than conventional TV broadcasters, but you won't be able to avoid them.
That is, unless you pay an additional $2.99 per month (UK pricing is yet to be announced). Doing so will effectively allow you to continue enjoying the service ad-free, as you do now.
This will kick off in the US, UK, Canada and Germany initially, then follow in France, Italy, Spain, Mexico and Australia later in the year.
"We will email Prime members several weeks before ads are introduced into Prime Video with information on how to sign up for the ad-free option if they would like," said Amazon on its news site.
And, in comparison, less than $3 per month extra seems fair. Prime members still get a great added benefit in the amount of content available on the platform, even with advertising.
Prime Video's new tiered structure isn't the only change to hit Prime members recently. Amazon has also added a fee to some Prime deliveries, with same-day items under £20 now incurring a £1.99 delivery charge.
It's not much, to be honest, and plenty can't get same-day deliveries in their areas anyway, but it's a clear indication that the retailer is finally looking to make a little on the side of what has been an unbelievable offer over the years.