When it comes to watching video streaming online, possibilities are endless. But it may be very difficult to find the right service to suit both your needs and your budget. That’s why we’re here to help, and we have two proposals for you: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. While both services are worth mentioning and given a chance, clearly you should choose the best one.
When it comes to on-demand streaming services for video content, there is none more popular than Netflix. But popularity is not always a synonym for quality, and you deserve only the best.
Netflix has a very rich collection of licensed movies, TV shows, documentaries, and more. But we must admit that Netflix has significantly reduced its catalog of movies to the detriment of TV shows. However, the service offers video content from pretty much every genre.
On the other side, Amazon Prime Video has a library of movies and TV shows bigger than Netflix. Amazon has over 12,000 movies, but you know what they say that quantity isn’t everything. Amazon has a lot of mediocre and poorly-rated movies. Furthermore, the most popular movies that the service offers are generally older than those from Netflix. This is a huge downside, and we have to claim Netflix the winner for this part.
Those days are long gone when we could see a movie or TV show only on an old and bulky TV. Everybody wants nowadays to enjoy their favorite content on a phone, tablet, or laptop.
Amazon Prime Video is doing great in this area, as it’s compatible with a wide variety of devices and platforms. We can mention web browsers on a PC or Mac, Roku, Apple TV, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & 4, Nintendo Wii U, Amazon’s own Fire TV and Fire devices, connected Blu-ray players, smart TVs, and Google’s Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra.
You thought that’s impressive? Netflix is capable of all that as well, and it has the benefit of offering support to even more devices. We could mention here the ‘ancient’ Windows Phone OS.
Netflix wins this round as well.
Even if you’re the next Bill Gates or you’re very poor, you have to admit that price is an important criterion when you consider buying any services or products. In the case of Netflix, things are simple. There are three tiers of the service: Basic, Standard, and Premium. The Basic option is the cheapest, as it’s worth only $9 per month. The Standard is the next in terms of the amount demanded, as it demands $13 for each month. We’ll let you figure out for yourself which one of the three tiers demands the amount of $16 for each month of subscription.
While all three tiers of Netflix allow access to the full library of movies, TV shows, and specials, there are two significant differences: the video quality and the number of devices that can be used simultaneously for the streaming. For a decent quality, you should at least choose the Standard option, as it provides you streaming in Full HD (1080p). The Basic version only allows 480p quality, and the Premium option allows a staggering quality of 4K Ultra HD with HDR.
Amazon Prime Video wins this round easily because it offers access to its full catalog, and at the highest quality that your device can support. An annual fee of $119 is required, and this also includes some benefits related to shopping and even access to the music service of Amazon.
Netflix has the more attractive features and newest content, but choosing it is not as financially worth it as in the case of Amazon Prime Video. The decision is all yours, as you are free to take into account the aspects of the two services that suit your needs the most.