Recently I received an e-mail from the Amazon people advising that Prime Video was available in Panama for a free period of seven days. After that, the rate would be raised to $2.99 per month for a period of six months. If you still wanted the service, you would have to cough out $5.99 every month.
Sure enough, I took the deal and was streaming videos from Amazon on my PC, iPad, and smartphone. But not on my home office LG HD TV set connected to Amazon’s Fire TV stick. Every time I tried to watch a movie, I would get the following message:
“We’re unable to complete your request. Please try again later. If this problem continues, please contact Amazon Customer Service at https://www.primevideo.com/ww-av-android-contacts. Error Code: Network_Error. “
As indicated, I contacted Amazon Customer Service and they came back promptly indicating that Amazon Prime Video would not be available to Fire TV or FireTV Stick users in other countries outside of the United States except the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany or Japan. Since I’m located in Panama, I would not be able to stream Amazon’s Prime Video through the Fire TV Stick. (Frowning)
I was able to walk around this limitation. I streamed the service using my Apple iPad and then projected the video to my TV set through an Apple TV box. All well and good, except that a full motion picture will drain my iPad’s battery pretty fast. Have to recharge the Apple device every day. Other than that, I’m fine.
If you have an Apple iPad, an Apple TV box, an Amazon Fire TV stick, and a monthly subscription to Amazon Prime Video, you’re all set. If negative, you would have to use your PC, Apple iPad, or your smartphone. Take your pick and start streaming. Content is excellent; almost as good as Netflix.