What is AMC Premiere?
AMC Premiere is a premium version of the AMC you already know and love, allowing you to watch your favorite shows on demand, download movies and episodes, and stream exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. But using AMC Premiere is not as simple as just hitting the App Store—not by a long shot. Here’s everything you need to know to use AMC Premiere, how much it costs, and whether it’s worth it.
How does AMC Premiere work?
I can’t stress this enough: AMC Premiere is not available for purchase on its own. It’s only available as a premium add-on through your cable provider or a live TV streaming service (more on that in a moment). Like ESPN and ESPN+, AMC Premiere functions as an extension of the AMC app, unlocking certain features like the ability to download episodes.
AMC Premiere allows you to watch the latest season of your favorite AMC shows on demand and, for the most part, without ads. The service notes that there are still some shows that will include commercial breaks, but they’re the exception, not the rule, and they’ll be marked accordingly, so you won’t be surprised.
By and large, new episodes of AMC shows will be available via AMC Premiere as soon as they air live—and in some cases, even beforehand—but Talking Dead isn’t available until the morning after it airs, presumably to avoid some of the spoilers that might come from watching it before The Walking Dead.
AMC Premiere devices
The AMC app is available on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV (go here), Apple TV (go here), Xbox One (go here), and Roku (go here). You’ll use your cable or live TV streaming credentials to access the AMC Premiere features. One small wrinkle: If you get your subscription through YouTube TV, you’ll access AMC Premiere through the YouTube TV app.
AMC Premiere benefits
AMC Premiere promises all sorts of bonus features and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as uncut movies, but the best features revolve around the channel’s marquee shows. To give you an idea of what’s in store, here are some of the perks AMC Premiere customers will receive in October 2018:
- The first new episode of The Walking Dead season 9 ad-free and 24 hours before its premiere on Oct. 7
- The last four episodes of Better Call Saul streaming without ads
- Ad-free versions of the entire first season of Lodge 49, the third season of Preacher, and the fourth season of Fear the Walking Dead
AMC Premiere cost
AMC Premiere costs $4.99 per month, but you can’t purchase it as a standalone app. You have to add it to your cable package or a live TV streaming subscription. You can see a complete list of providers here, but in short, if AMC is included in your channel package or if you have a way to watch AMC online, there’s a good chance you can sign up for AMC Premiere. I noticed one odd exception: Sling TV offers AMC in all three of its streaming TV packages, but it’s not listed as one of the compatible service providers.
Here are all of the live TV streaming services you can add AMC Premiere to and what you need to know about each one.
Philo is the least expensive streaming service, but it has some limitations. You won’t find the sports channels that dominate other packages or local channels. However, it’s the cheapest way to gain access to 60 great entertainment channels for only $20 a month. You’ll get popular channels like Animal Planet, MTV, Discovery, IFC, AMC, Lifetime, Nick Jr, and the Paramount Network, as well as deep cuts like ID and Game Show Network. You also get free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.
FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
AMC Premiere downloads
Arguably the best part of AMC Premiere is the ability to download your favorite shows in the AMC app. Doing so will not only save you some data—assuming you download them while you’re connected to WiFi—it’ll ensure you can watch them no matter where you’re at. There’s just one catch: Episodes will automatically be removed after 14 days or if they’re removed from AMC Premiere, whichever comes first.
Is AMC Premiere worth it?
If you’re the type of person who thinks “life imitates AMC,” it’s easy to justify an AMC Premiere subscription. Since most AMC shows aren’t available immediately on services like Hulu, AMC Premiere is the best way to catch up on your favorite shows, and for the most part, you can do so without commercials. It’s also pretty cool that you can watch some shows before they even air on regular TV.
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