Amazon launches it Video on demand service Amazon Prime Video and it’s giving tough competition to Netflix.
Let us compare the both services in every aspect.
Netflix and Amazon Prime Video both offer a 30-day trial. You can go ahead and kick off your free trials by following the links below:
Netflix’s pricing starts at $9.45, and that’s for the standard subscription model offering HD streaming on two devices at once. For Netflix Premium, you’re looking at $11.99 per month for 4K Ultra HD quality and the use of four devices at once.
Amazon Prime Video is a bit cheaper than Netflix, at $7.45 per month. Or, you can sign up to Amazon Prime for $99 per year, which also includes extras such as free next day delivery, Amazon Prime Music and more. This works out at $8.19 per month, and is better value than Netflix if you order from Amazon fairly regularly and are happy with the video library on offer. Like Netflix, with Amazon Prime Video, you can stream to two devices at once.
Netflix offers better account features for anyone sharing their subscription. You can set up multiple accounts for different users to keep your recommendations and watch lists separate, and there’s also a dedicated kids section for child-friendly content.
Everything you see on Netflix is available to stream, only Prime Video content with a ‘Prime’ banner can be watched as part of the subscription. Other videos are available to watch but come at an additional cost to buy or rent.
It’s also worth noting that the basic Netflix subscription at $9.32 doesn’t include 4K content, while the Amazon Prime Video service does at no extra cost. You can also download for offline viewing on of Amazon’s offerings (not an option for Netflix users) meaning you get more for our money with Amazon.
Here is the devices list compatibility for the both services:
|Netflix||Amazon Prime Video|
|Smart TV||Sony, Samsung, Sharp, LG, Philips, Panasonic, Toshiba||Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic|
|Games Console||Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U||Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U|
|Tablet||Android, iPad||iPad, Android, Amazon Fire|
|Smartphone||Android, iPhone, Windows Phone||Android, iPhone|
|Blu-ray player||Sony, Samsung, LG, Philips, Panasonic, Toshiba||Samsung, Sony|
|Home cinema system||LG, Sony||LG, Samsung, Sony|
|Set-top box||Sony, YouView, Virgin Media, TalkTalk||Samsung|
|Media streamer||Apple TV, Philips, Roku, Western Digital, Virgin Media, Google Chromecast||Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV (via AirPlay from iPad or iPhone)|
Price, features and device compatibility is all well and good, but they mean nothing if there’s nothing you want to watch. Films and TV shows are on offer with both services, plus original content you won’t be able to find on rival services. Which is better in this respect will depend on your personal taste.
It’s a bit easier to browse Amazon’s current library without having a subscription, so you can get a better idea of the content without even having to sign up for the free trial. Just search in Amazon’s website in a browser. You’ll find that it too is high quality, and offers a broad range.
They each have around the same amount of content, with more close to 4,000 films and TV shows each, too.
Clearly we can see that Amazon is the winner now and though it has some minor shortcomings, if Amazon rectify that then it can topple Netflix off the ranks.
But the content is better on Netflix and you can all of your favorite movies and TV shows on Netflix.