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As we approach Amazon's annual Prime Day celebration, the sales on streaming services have begun. From now through July 13th, Amazon is offering a variety of discounts on streaming channels. Whether you've been waiting to watch something on a service you don't have or you just want to try a new channel, this is a great way to get a couple months for less than the price of a typical coffee.
You can subscribe to any of the channels below for 99 cents for the first two months – after which, the subscription reverts to the usual price (which varies by channel).
Before we go into the channels on offer, we just wanted to add a few notes:
- Because these are Prime Video channels, you have to have a membership to Amazon Prime to subscribe. Once you subscribe, you'll be able to watch the channels in question via Amazon (or the Amazon app on your streaming device). If you don't have a membership already, Amazon will prompt you to do a trial period for both when you're signing up.
- How to cancel: Amazon makes it dead simple to cancel channels you no longer want. Just go to your account page and click the option for “Your Memberships and Subscriptions” (exact wording may vary by device). It will then show you all your active subscriptions and give you the option to cancel anything you don't want anymore. When you do cancel, the subscription stays active until the term is up. So – if you're afraid of forgetting, you can cancel at any point during the last month you want it, and you won't miss out on those last days or weeks you paid for.
- Where possible, we've added links to our existing posts about the British shows on each channel. That may help you figure out what's to your liking on each service.
2022 Amazon Prime Video Channel Sale
We'll start with the channels most likely to interest British TV fans, then proceed to the rest of the channels on sale.
Acorn TV is the oldest British-specific streaming channel, and it's also one of the best. At any given time, you'll find roughly 300-350 titles on the service, most of which are British or from the English-speaking Commonwealth countries. They also have a handful of non-English shows with subtitles like Candice Renoir or Balthazar.
Along with classics like Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War, it's also home to some great original exclusives like Miss Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries, Queens of Mystery, and Agatha Raisin.
Check out some of the best shows on Acorn TV HERE.
As great as Acorn TV and BritBox are, many of the best British TV shows never make it to those services – because they're exclusive to PBS. While many prefer to get their PBS via antenna or local cable, PBS Masterpiece gives you a broad set of offerings that you can stream on-demand, at your convenience, and without the interruptions from donation drives (we know they're important, but if you can pay a little bit to avoid them, even better).
Along with British shows like Vienna Blood, The Trouble With Maggie Cole, Van der Valk, Miss Scarlet & the Duke, and Grantchester, a PBS Masterpiece subscription also gives you access to a library of “Walter Presents” content. Those are carefully-curated, non-English shows from various European countries – shows like Seaside Hotel, The Paris Murders, Astrid, and Berlin Dance School.
Check out some of the best British TV shows on PBS Masterpiece HERE.
AMC+ is like Sundance Now on steroids. It gives you everything you'd get with Sundance Now, but you also get the programming for IFC Films Unlimited and Shudder – plus a few more, like The Graham Norton Show, This is Going to Hurt, and The Salisbury Poisonings.
Starz is not known for having the biggest library of British TV content, but they do have some great shows, including Dublin Murders, Outlander, Men in Kilts, Becoming Elizabeth, The Pillars of the Earth, and American Gods (which is American, but it's based on source material by the British-born Neil Gaiman, and British actor Ian McShane stars).
Check out British TV shows on Starz HERE.
If you've been hoping to check out Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes' show Belgravia, Epix is the place to do it. The streaming service is also home to shows like Berlin Station, Brittania, Pennyworth, and War of the Worlds.
They don't have a lot of shows, but the ones they have are high-quality, recent series (as opposed to 30-year-old shows most of us have already seen).
Showtime is another service that doesn't have a huge number of British shows, but they do have a few good ones. That includes Penny Dreadful, Back to Life, The Borgias, The Tudors, Patrick Melrose, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and We Hunt Together.
Up Faith & Family
This one doesn't have a lot of British content, but they do have The Canterville Ghost (with Sir Patrick Stewart) and quite a few American cozy mysteries (like the Kelly Martin Mystery Woman movies) and Hallmark-style movies. Depending on where your interests lie, it might be worth a month or two at the sale price. They also have Hudson & Rex, the Canadian adaptation of the German mystery series Kommissar Rex.
Other Streaming Channels on Sale
Other channels included in the sale are:
- Discovery+ (includes the British special needs dating series The Undateables)
- PBS Kids
- PBS Documentaries (Includes Lucy Worsley Investigates, Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie, and How Sherlock Changed the World)
- Hallmark Movies Now
After founding I Heart British TV in 2016 as a resource for her granny, Stefanie has grown I Heart British TV into a resource that serves millions of British TV fans every year. When not writing posts or editing contributions to the site, you can probably find her working on the latest print edition of the British TV Streaming Guide.