While the lockdown has held us captives in our own houses for months, we have taken to streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video for the slight difference that keeps us apart from the dead, entertainment. The thing has become so common that a person not having a subscription of at least one of these streaming platforms often finds himself out of the conversation. But there is one question that still lingers: Which streaming platform is the best?
Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, these days, have dawned more like a cultural phenomenon with the huge crowd of audience that they influence. Netflix alone boasts an enormous 158 million subscribers, which keeps on increasing. This huge number is mostly due to Netflix’s original and syndicated TV shows and movies, as not to forget, its simple user interface.
Amazon Prime Video claims a large viewership too, a towering figure of 75 million users worldwide. Although the latest figures would be much, much larger, it pales in comparison to Netflix.
In this ultimate showdown of Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Video we will list down the pros and cons of these online streaming platforms and make it easier for you to decide.
Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Video: Pricing and Perks
One of the main differences between Netflix and Amazon Prime Video is that Amazon’s streaming services come standard with Amazon Prime membership which includes some more perks like Amazon music and premium delivery services. An Amazon Prime membership costs $10.99 per month in the US or an annual fee of £79 per year in the UK. It is also available in Australia for an introductory price of AU$4.99 per month. In India it is available for Rs.129 monthly plan and Rs.999 annual plan.
The cheaper Netflix plans stand at $9/£5.99/AU$9.99 while its HD standard plans cost $13/£7.99/AU$13.99. In India the plans range from Rs.199 to Rs.799. However the Ultra HD and the 4K Premium plans cost $16 / £9.99 / AU$17.99.
There are some more perks that an Amazon Prime membership bestows upon you. The most famous of Amazon’s service is its free shipping, with same-day, next-day, or two-day delivery options available depending on your location.
In addition, you also get access to free Kindle e-book from the Kindle First service and another free book available in Amazon Kindle Lending Library, plus you also get Prime Music, which streams millions of free music tracks.
For those who are strictly interested in streaming services, you can also subscribe to Prime Video without an Amazon Prime membership for $8.99 / £5.99 per month; however this can be availed only in the US and UK. Moreover, it is only marginally cheaper and the whole subscription can bring you a host of awesome features.
But, where a Prime membership grants you access to a generous quantity of shows, music and e-books, a Netflix membership has an upper hand in terms of quality of the shows. All you have to do is just peep into your pockets and decide which streaming is a better investment when it comes to Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Video.
Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Video: Compatibilty and Features
Both services can be accessed through your web browser, iOS and Android phones/tablets, smart TVs, games consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One X, streaming boxes and dongles like the Roku Premiere+, Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV devices, and compatible Blu-ray players.
To make access easier, Netflix also has its own Google Chromecast app which is not yet there for Amazon Prime Video. However, you can cast Prime Video from your laptop or smartphone to your TV using the streaming dongle.
In terms of picture quality, Prime wins over Netflix with its 4K streaming services. If you want to access 4K shows and films then you have to pay extra for it which costs $3 / £2/ AU$4 more than its Standard plan. This is something that makes Amazon triumph over Netflix. It provides more than 4K content, and it doesn’t charge any extra for the privilege. Thus, people who have a compatible device, can stream in ultra HD straight away.
Netflix offers seamless picture quality with its dynamically-scaling feature. It means that it keeps on adjusting the picture quality based on your bandwidth and net speed. With the right bandwidth and compatible hardware you can hit the 4K Ultra HD quality on your screen.
Both streaming services allow you to download content if you want to watch your favorite shows offline. Netflix grants 30 days access to downloaded content. Amazon Prime videos also allow you a 30 day period to access downloaded content. However, you must finish watching the content within 48 hours once you have started, after which it is automatically deleted.
Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Video: User Interface
Navigating in Netflix becomes amazingly seamless with its clever algorithms. The streaming service provides tailored contents for you suggesting shows based on your past viewing habits. Sure, these algorithms are subject to errors- and often caters to Netflix originals – but the Netflix algorithm is still one of its best features. Its intuitive interface makes it easy to serach shows by genre, director, actor and more.
Amazon Prime Video seems to have taken inspiration from Netflix’s user interface, owing to the striking similarities between the two streaming services. However, navigation still isn’t quite as seamless as it is in Netflix. But Prime Video is striving to keep up with the streaming behemoth.
Amazon Prime Video has a particularly useful feature called X-Ray, which, much like its name, gives trivia information about what’s happening on screen as you watch.
Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Video: Content
Due to the ongoing pandemic, as theaters remain closed, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have become the ideal platforms for reaching out to the audience. New shows, movies and series are flooding in profusely each week. Apart from this both Netflix and Prime Video flaunt a great array of originals and classics to get stuck into.
This is verified by the fact that Netflix Original movie Roma bagged awards at the Oscars back in 2019 for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film and The Irishman has been nominated for a number of similar awards in 2020.
Amazon Prime Video also boasts a huge library of content. There is an opulence of TV series like The Man in the High Castle, Mr. Robot, Transparent and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. It also has an extensive range of 18,000 movies and 4,500 TV shows which is a towering number when compared to Netflix’s 11,000. Moreover, Amazon is quick at getting the rights to new releases like Mary Queen of Scots, Crazy Rich Asians, and Bohemian Rhapsody.
However, there is one sour glitch. Most of these newer films and TV shows aren’t actually included as part of the Prime Video subscription, so the suscribers either have to buy or rent these titles for watch.
Our Take on Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Video
Considering the fantastic range of content and features, either streaming platform is a brilliant choice. Ultimately, the decision has to be made by you keeping your comfort and cash in mind.
If you want a simple, and easy-going streaming platform for the sole purpose of watching and renting movies then Netflix is the go-to choice. However, if you are a regular Amazon buyer and are inclined towards accessing some more perks, the Amazon Prime Video is made for you.
Price-wise, if you subscribed to Prime just for the shows and movies, there’s not much difference between the two platforms, however, Amazon Video does give you the option to pay for new films a unlike Netflix, which is a nice option.
And the most easy way to decide is to keep in mind which shows or what type of content you want to watch. The two streaming platforms rarely have any crossovers which makes it fairly simple for you to decide which ones you want to watch. The best method will be scroll down their libraries before you make your choice.