Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: How to compare

The entertainment industry has evolved drastically over the last few years owing to the streaming websites, with growing choices for accessing online content. Digital media has made its way through a remarkable evolution over the last few decades. New platforms and streaming sites have emerged that allow movie/series lovers to watch video content over the Internet.

The growth of online streaming in internet usage which has changed the multimedia and entertainment ecosystem. Several names come to mind when talking about online streaming but no one can beat Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. These are one of the widely used video streaming services and people’s favourite choice.

With online Streaming sites coming into a discussion, the inevitable question of which of them are best sites also comes into the picture. There is a multitude of content to watch on the Internet depending on the taste of the viewer.

Overview of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

Netflix is an online streaming video-on-demand subscription service which provides its viewers to access to a massive list of movies and TV shows from around the world for a nominal monthly or annual fee.

It was founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph, the entertainment company has grown from a DVD mail-order service to a global Internet TV sensation. Netflix has undergone several ups and downs since its inception in 1997 but evolved dramatically over the years to become the global leader of mainstream media. It’s the most common digital name today.

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Amazon Prime Video is a digital subscription-based video-on-demand streaming service owned and operated by Amazon that offers a myriad of movies, TV shows, documentaries, comedy specials, and so on. It costs $99 a year which allows viewers to enjoy unlimited video streaming and ad-free music on the top of Amazon-exclusive deals plus free two-day shipping after a 30-day free trial.

Streaming sites in Indian Market Share
Streaming sites in Indian Market Share

Netflix vs Amazon Prime

Netflix Amazon Prime video
Netflix broadcasts 4k and HDR content and it excels in video and sound quality. Even though the best streaming services lags behind physical media, this is where Netflix stands out Amazon Prime Video fails to play high-resolution HD content on low-speed connection
Netflix gives a month free trial before actually charging for its services and its charges are comparatively higher Amazon Prime Video gives a 30 days trial free before charging for the services and the charges are comparatively lower
Netflix supports wide range of devices including gaming consoles Amazon Prime does not support Gaming consoles
Netflix has extensive library of titles including the in-house titles The library and content of Amazon Prime isn't as extensive as compared to Netflix
Netflix is more expensive. In India, Netflix's basic plan starts at Rs 500 to Rs 800 per month. Prime is cheaper than Netflix. Users are charged Rs 999 annually and Rs 129 monthly for Prime.
31,066 of Amazon Prime’s movies were not Rated, which means the movies are too old for rating or are too small to go through the rating process. Just 897 Netflix movies were not rated.
Netflix provides limited downloads to the user Amazon Prime Vidoe does not limit the user for the video downloads.

Netflix vs Amazon Prime: Comparison of Content

It’s always about good content. Both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have more than their fair share of amazing content. In Netflix’s case is House of Cards, Narcos, Orange Is the New Black, The Crown, BoJack Horseman, and Daredevil, to name just a few of its Originals.

On Amazon Prime, you got Bosch, The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Mr. Robot, Hand of God, American Gods, Sneaky Pete, and many more. A particular show in mind will push the viewer towards a particular site.

When it comes to movies, Netflix caters an evolving catalogue of classics, relatively new movies, and some exclusive indie films. Amazon Prime Video also offers up a similar catalogue but it’s more focused on TV shows than films. Note that Prime Video also requires you to pay to watch some films despite having a Prime membership.

The total amount of TV shows and films available on both services continuously gets updated and evolve from time to time.

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Which one has better Plans?

For a college student with a valid .edu address, one can pay just $49 per year for Amazon Prime. Everyone else has to pay $99 (or $10.99) per month for Amazon Prime. Prime customers can use up to 3 screens at a time.

Netflix charges $7.99/month for one screen option, $10.99/month for two screens plus HD access and $13.99/month for 4 screens plus Ultra HD access.

Since Prime Video also comes with free 2-day shipping for all Amazon products and sweet deals on subscription services, Amazon is the winner in this category.

Is Netflix better than Amazon Prime?

No matter how hard we try not to compare these two giants, we will always get into fights defending one of them, sometimes even with ourselves.

Over time, the meaning of the phrase "Netflix and chill" has evolved. It has gained popularity on the internet and users are actually using Netflix more to chill and enjoy the engaging content. What Netflix does is it premiers every episode of a season at once, tempting audiences to binge-watch a series upon release.

You might've seen everyone going crazy about shows they can’t get enough of (Black Mirror, 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things, for starters), these are Netflix originals. The original movie selection includes 2020 Oscar nominees like The Two Popes, Marriage Story and The Irishman.

Netflix has become such a trusted source in the industry that content that shows in it are instantly boost in attention just from being on the service. So, the question is no longer whether someone wants Netflix, they already have it one way or the other.

However, Amazon evidently suggests that it is quantity more than quality. However, Netflix also has more titles in IMDb’s lists of the top 250 TV shows and movies, which combine user ratings and popularity to determine its rankings.

Annual Video Budget of Amazon Prime Video and Netflix
Annual Video Budget of Amazon Prime Video and Netflix 

The Bottom Line

The cheaper plans get picked up all the time. Amazon Prime Video is an amazing service, and it saves users from buying expensive Netflix membership. On the other hand, people who do not want to compromise on the good content, they easily love Netflix.

Currently, Amazon Prime is not as entertaining as Netflix but some users are fine it. Amazon Prime Video has more than enough content to keep the streaming habits going strong. The choice is subjective here.

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