How to watch Amazon Prime Video's rugby matches for free as S4C live coverage pulled

By Katie Sands

Amazon Prime Video's announcement that it will be providing its own Welsh language production instead of S4C means Wales' autumn internationals will not be available in full on any terrestrial TV channel.

Prime Video are broadcasting all of Wales, England, Scotland, France and Italy's matches in this year's Autumn Nations Series in the UK, while Ireland's games will be shown on RTE before becoming a part of Amazon's package in 2022. So that means 17 of this autumn's 20 live rugby internationals will be shown by Amazon.

The streaming giant is, of course, behind a paywall, but there is a way you can actually watch all the action for free - in English or Welsh - on Prime Video if you time it right.

Amazon Prime is a paid-for service, but you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here.

You can read more about Amazon Prime's big announcement here.

How can I watch Amazon Prime Video for free?

First thing's first, Amazon Prime costs £7.99 per month or £79 for a year. Alternatively, you could get an Amazon Prime Video-only subscription for £5.99 per month, without the other Prime benefits.

If you aren't an Amazon Prime customer, you can start a 30-day free trial which would grant you access to all of the action this autumn, which begins on Saturday, October 30, before the last match on Amazon on Saturday, November 20. You can see the full fixtures and kick-off times here.

Be careful with the free trials, though, as customers are only eligible for a free trial of Prime every 12 months.

If you decide you don't want to continue with Amazon Prime beyond your free trial, just cancel before your 30 days is up. If you forget, you will then be charged.

You can sign up for a free Amazon Prime trial here.

Existing Prime members in the UK will be able to watch live Autumn Nations Series games as part of their existing membership.

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How do I get Amazon Prime Video on my TV?

Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service, so one way or another your television will have to be connected to the internet for it to work.

These days, most televisions are what is called a Smart TV and you can download apps to them and connect them to the internet.

But if you don't have one of those, there are still a handful of other ways to watch.

Here's a rundown of what you need to know.

Smart TV, Game Console or Streaming Media Player...

  1. If the Prime Video app is not pre-installed on your device, download it from app store.
  2. Open the Prime Video app, sign in with your Amazon account by either entering your account details directly on your device or registering your device on the Amazon website by going to Amazon.co.uk/mytv and entering the code provided.

FireTV or FireTV Stick...

  1. Connect your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick to your TV.
  2. Sign in with your amazon.co.uk account to register your device. Press the Home button on your remote.

Chromecast...

  1. From the Prime Video app on your device, select the Cast icon.
  2. Select the Chromecast device you want to use. Note: Your iOS or Android device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast.
  3. Select a title you want to watch. The title you have selected is shown on the TV that the Chromecast is connected to.

You can find a full list of compatible devices here.

How can I live stream Amazon Prime Video?

If you can't get in front of the television for every Autumn Nations Series match, don't worry.

You can still watch all of the matches live on smartphones and tablets.

Android Phone or Tablet...

  1. On your device go to the Google Play and download the Prime Video app.
  2. Open the Prime Video app and sign in with your amazon.co.uk account.

iOS Phone or Tablet...

  1. On your device go to the Apple App Store and download the Prime Video app.
  2. Open the Prime Video app and sign in with your amazon.co.uk account.

Fire Tablet...

  1. Sign in to your Fire tablet with your amazon.co.uk account to register your device.
  2. Open the Prime Video app or the ‘Videos’ tab.


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