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Which Video Streaming Service Should You Choose: Netflix Vs. Amazon Prime


Sep 2020
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which video streaming service should you choose netflix vs amazon prime
Gone are the days when we used to stick to those TV channels and shows and record them for the future. Today, video streaming services are used widely among all the age groups from young to old. It has given the flexibility to watch the shows as per our convenience without the need to record. In fact, the shows can be downloaded to watch it offline without an internet connection as well.
Amongst several video streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Netflix, Roku, and many others, Amazon Prime and Netflix are the best options available in the market. However, considering so many options, it can be tricky to choose which one is the best. Of course, you can sign up for these two, but if you are planning to sign up for just one, this article will make your decision making easier.
Both these streaming services have the best of movies and shows and offer unique original content also. They’re both available on too many platforms as well. So you can choose whether to watch it on your laptop, TV, or smartphone.
Now you must be thinking that when both of these are the best, what should you choose. Right! So let’s begin.
Without a doubt, Netflix is much more than a streaming service. It is an event that you usually use to describe chill and binge-watch. There are about 158 million subscribers today, and this figure is mostly due to Netflix’s treasure of original content and TV shows and movies, apart from its simple user interface.
This doesn’t mean Amazon Prime isn’t popular too. There are no recent statistics on Amazon Prime, but a year ago, the subscriber number reached 75 million users globally. But yes, the latest figures must be much higher considering the situation of the pandemic as well.
1. Price & Availability
price and availability
Today, the basic Netflix plan costs $9, while its HD basic plan (the most used) costs $13. There is an Ultra HD streaming plan available for $16.
The main difference between Amazon Prime and Netflix is that access to Amazon’s streaming services comes with basic Amazon Prime membership. This means that video streaming services come with the basic Amazon Music and premium delivery services, costing $10.99/month.
The Amazon Prime membership can get you free shipping with various options depending on your location. Moreover, you can avail of a free Kindle ebook each month from the Amazon Kindle Lending Library and Prime Music, which offers free music streaming of tons of tracks.
2. User Interface
Netflix uses smart algorithms to customize its content to you, suggesting shows and movies based on your past habits. Sometimes these algorithms can get it wrong and serve you Netflix originals- but still, this is one of the best features.
Another reason for its popularity is its intuitive user interface, making it easy to navigate shows and movies you’ve saved to your list and make it easy to search by actor, director, genre, etc.
Prime Video is curated; likewise, getting inspired by Netflix’s user interface. However, navigation isn’t as smooth as it is on Netflix, but it is still catching up. Prime Video even has a useful feature such as X-Ray, which provides actors and trivia information on what’s happening on screen while you watch.
3. Compatibility and Features
compatibility and features
These services are available on your web browser, on smart TVs, Android smartphones, iOS, game consoles, such as Xbox One X and PlayStation 4, streaming boxes and dongles, such as Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku Premiere+ devices, compatible Blu-ray players, and Apple TV.
Netflix has its own Google Chromecast app. At present, Prime still doesn’t have an official app, but you can watch Prime Video from your smartphone, or laptop, and TV using the streaming dongle.
Both offer a good picture quality, but Amazon Prime Video still wins with 4K streaming. 
Netflix offers a range of shows and movies in 4K, and you’ll need to pay additional to access Netflix’s 4K content.
Both platforms allow you to download shows and movies for watching the content offline.
After 30 days of downloads on Netflix, the content will expire, even if it’s on the device that isn’t connected to the web. The same is with Prime Video. However, once you start watching the download content, you have to finish it 48 hours before it expires.
4. Content
Netflix has a massive range of originals, classics, and exclusives to get stuck into, and is quickly becoming a reputed distributor of original TV series and movies.
It’s most popular originals include Stranger Things, Orange Is The New Black, Bojack Horseman, Daredevil, and House of Cards, and more latest editions include, The Witcher and Lost in Space.
And it’s not just about original content; Netflix’s success is also due to the variety of syndicated content it pulls out, starting from thrillers like Breaking Bad to Kids shows and movies.
Prime Video also has a vast library of content. There’s a treasure of exclusive series such as The Man in the High Castle, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Transparent, Mr. Robot, and syndicated series like Recreation, The Office US.
It has a wider range of movies than Netflix, i.e., around 18,000 movies and 4500 TV shows, while Netflix has approximately 11,000.
Amazon mostly gets the rights to new releases much faster than any other streaming services, with films like Crazy Rich Asians, Mary Queen of Scots, and Bohemian Rhapsody.
But most of the latest movies and TV shows aren’t really included as a part of Prime Video subscription; you have to either purchase or rent these to watch. Hence, this is the part where it can get a bit confusing, so you must be careful if you are not watching films that are not included in the subscription.
Key Takeaway
These streaming services offer a fantastic bunch of content, but you must ask yourself which one is the best suitable for you based on the features described above.
For instance, Are you seeking a use-friendly and one-stop shop to stream TV shows and movies? Choose Netflix. Do you shop from Amazon frequently? You might want to save on delivery costs and also enjoy streaming services. Hence, Choose Amazon Prime. Hence, based on such self-questions, you can make the right choice for you.
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Harnil Oza is the CEO & Founder of Hyperlink InfoSystem. With a passion for technology and an immaculate drive for entrepreneurship, Harnil has propelled Hyperlink InfoSystem to become a global pioneer in the world of innovative IT solutions. His exceptional leadership has inspired a multiverse of tech enthusiasts and also enabled thriving business expansion. His vision has helped the company achieve widespread respect for its remarkable track record of delivering beautifully constructed mobile apps, websites, and other products using every emerging technology. Outside his duties at Hyperlink InfoSystem, Harnil has earned a reputation for his conceptual leadership and initiatives in the tech industry. He is driven to impart expertise and insights to the forthcoming cohort of tech innovators. Harnil continues to champion growth, quality, and client satisfaction by fostering innovation and collaboration.

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