Amazon Instant Video lets you watch the first episode of hit shows for free

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Amazon Instant Video — the official iOS app of the e-commerce giant’s Prime video streaming service — has just added a great new update.

The app will now attempt to lure you in by letting users stream the first episode of selected TV shows for free, with added ad breaks before and during playback.

In addition to this, the app features new video playback controls, including one-touch play/pause and 10-second skip forward/backward buttons, alongside a handy “Next Episode” button to make your binge watching sessions even easier and more tempting. It also promises faster playback start time after hitting play.

As expected, the app update also highlights the arrival of hit HBO series (all seasons of The Sopranos, The Wire, and Deadwood, as well as early seasons of Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, and others) on Amazon Instant Video.

The app update also adds all the usual bug fixes and stability improvements you would expect to find.

The new version of Amazon Instant Video is available in the App Store for free, requiring an iOS device running iOS 6.0 and above to take advantage of all of its features.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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