- Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Video
- Device support
- User experience, audio, and video
- Live TV and extras
- Editors' Recommendations
- Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: which streaming service is best for you?
- Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: price and availability
- Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: user interface
- Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: content
- Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: takeaway
- Amazon Prime Video vs Netflix: Which is the better deal?
- Plans and pricing for Amazon Prime Video vs. Netflix
- Comparing the Amazon Prime vs. Netflix experience
- User experience
- App usage
- Device compatibility
- Amazon Video vs. Netflix content
- The final cut
- Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: Which is the Better Streaming Service?
- The Netflix Experience
- The Prime Video Experience
- Comparing Netflix and Prime Video Pricing
- Netflix Pricing
- Prime Video
- Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: Devices
- Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: Content
- Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: Security
- So, Which One is Better?
Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Video
When it comes to on-demand streaming video services, there is none bigger than Netflix. It’s far and away the most popular service of its kind both in the U.S. and internationally. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only option.
As the market for these services matures, more competitors are emerging all the time. One of the most compelling for a lot of people is Amazon Prime Video, simply because so many people already have a relationship with Amazon.
And yet, as much as these two services both compete for our entertainment dollars, they’re radically different from each other in several areas including price, content selection, and extra features.
So, if forced to choose just one, which one do you choose? It’s not necessarily an easy decision, so we’ve assembled a cheat sheet that lets you compare the two on some of the most important criteria.
So get your scorecard and your wallet ready … and let’s get ready to rumble.
We’ll kick it off with one of the biggest differences: How much you’ll have to pay if you want to watch. Netflix’s pricing model is very easy to understand: There are three tiers of service, called Basic ($9 per month), Standard ($13 per month), and Premium ($16 per month).
All three give you access to Netflix’s entire catalog of ad-free movies, TV shows, and specials. The only things that change as you pay more are the quality of the video and the number of devices that can be used to stream simultaneously.
Basic, as the name implies, gives you a single stream and limits you to standard definition (480p). Standard gives you a second simultaneous stream, and both are available in HD (up to 1080p).
Premium lets four devices watch at the same time, and content can be streamed in up to 4K Ultra HD with HDR, as well as Dolby Atmos (when the show or movie is available in these formats).
Amazon Prime Video is even more straightforward. A $119 annual Amazon Prime membership gives you ad-free access to the full Amazon Prime Video catalog, plus several shopping-related benefits that Amazon throws in for that price (and even Amazon’s music service).
This annual membership lets you stream in the highest quality that your TV, streaming device, and an internet connection can support, including 4K Ultra HD with HDR, as well as Dolby Atmos. As with Netflix, this will vary by movie or TV show.
All Prime Video memberships let you stream up to three titles at the same time, but you can only stream the same title on two devices at a time.
Even Netflix’s most affordable price plan is about the same as Amazon Prime Video, which means that on a purely financial basis, Amazon Prime Video wins this round.
Winner: Amazon Prime Video
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Having a streaming membership doesn’t make much sense if it isn’t compatible with the devices you own.
Amazon Prime Video is compatible with a wide variety of devices and platforms, including web browsers on a PC or Mac, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon’s own Fire TV and Fire devices, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & 4, Nintendo Wii U, various models of connected Blu-ray players, smart TVs, and Google’s Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra.
Netflix, as the progenitor of the streaming media space, has the most device compatibility of any service. With support for all of the same devices as Amazon, as well as several others including Nintendo 3DS and Windows Phone, we’ll hand this one to Netflix. But now that Amazon and Google have buried the hatchet and Chromecast has been added to the list, it’s closer than ever.
Netflix has thousands of licensed Hollywood movies, TV shows, documentaries, and specials.
But over the years, it’s Netflix’s original productions, The Witcher, Stranger Things, and The Umbrella Academy, that have been stealing the spotlight and increasing Netflix’s desirability.
The only content creator that consistently beats Netflix in quality is HBO — fans of shows Game of Thrones, Veep, and Barry know exactly what we mean.
In fact, over the years, Netflix has been steadily reducing its catalog of movies as it increases its TV show arsenal, and its originals are a big part of that growth.
Unfortunately, with the launch of the Disney+ streaming service, Netflix is slowly being stripped of some of its most popular movies.
In the coming months, it’s expected that all new Marvel, Disney, and Star Wars franchise installments will become Disney+ (and/or Hulu) exclusives, and it’s unknown how long Disney will let Netflix continue to license existing titles, the massively popular Avengers and Star Wars movies.
If you’re purely looking at Netflix as an alternative to renting Blu-rays or going to the theater, this might not sound a good development. But, even stripped of these titles, it’s hard to beat Netflix’s offerings if you value high-quality entertainment from virtually every genre.
Amazon has a much larger total library of movies and TV shows, according to a June 2020 report from Reelgood — more than 12,000 movies in fact — dwarfing both Netflix and Hulu. But size isn’t everything.
Amazon’s most recognizable Hollywood films tend to be older, Inception, Clue, and The Cabin in the Woods, and among the good, there are plenty of mediocre titles (or worse). Amazon has also been making investments in its own original content, The Marvelous Mrs.
Maisel, Fleabag, Jack Ryan, and The Man in the High Castle. In the long term, this is probably the right strategy, but so far, Amazon just can’t compete in that arena.
User experience, audio, and video
Amazon’s interface can be a bit unwieldy. It varies in style and usability from one device to another, with the best experience (no surprise) on its own Fire TV media streamers, while the execution on some smart TVs is less intuitive.
The web interface for Prime Video is presented as a section within Amazon’s online store, rather than its own, stand-alone experience. This can be a bit jarring, especially when you’re trying to figure out how to search for a movie.
The big search bar at the top of the screen is the right place, but it sure does look you’re about to search Amazon.com, not Amazon Prime Video. Amazon does not offer multiple user profiles for Prime Video, and its video recommendation engine isn’t especially sophisticated.
Complaints that it can be hard to find something decent to watch are not uncommon.
One feature trivia lovers will appreciate is Amazon’s X-Ray. It lets you access cast photos, bios, filmographies, soundtrack info, and trivia, without leaving your playback screen.
Video quality is generally very good on Amazon Prime Video, and it’s remarkable that the service doesn’t charge more money for titles that are available to be streamed in up to 4K with HDR and Dolby Atmos.
Wherever the content allows, soundtracks are offered in Dolby 5.1 surround.
Still, some people have observed that Prime Video’s quality can vary, even with very fast internet connections, so your experience may vary.
Netflix, meanwhile, has one of the most consistent interfaces, with only slight changes from one device to another that are usually designed to embrace the strengths of a certain platform, its mobile-optimized apps for Android and iOS.
You can have multiple user profiles, each with its own unique recommendations, a kids-only profile to keep things perfectly PG-rated, and if you get tired of browsing the wide range of categorized content, an excellent search function is never far away.
As good as it is, Netflix’s interface has one glaring drawback: The company insists on automatically showing you previews every time you shift focus to a new movie or show thumbnail.
They’re distracting at best and thoroughly annoying at worst, and there’s no way to disable them.
Not every title has a preview, but if you’re hopping between recent releases (or any Netflix original), you’ll only have a one-second window to move on before the preview starts. Keep that mute button handy.
Video and audio quality on Netflix is superb.
The company has mastered the art of adjusting its level of video compression to match your internet connection speed, so unless you intentionally set the video quality to a lower level to conserve data, you should get crystal-clear picture and sound — especially if you’re on the Premium plan. As with Amazon Prime, 5.1 Dolby surround is available for most movies and shows, unless Dolby Atmos is offered as a higher level (assuming your A/V gear supports it).
With top-quality audio and video, as well as a user interface that we love (despite the annoying previews), Netflix grabs this one, too.
Live TV and extras
One of the appealing parts of Netflix is that it’s an all-in proposition: One monthly price gives you access to everything. But if you’re a cord-cutter, you may want something more as you try to fill the gap left by your now-canceled cable subscription.
It’s worth noting that Amazon Prime Video gives you access to two types of premium content not included in the $119 annual Prime membership. There’s a rent or buy section that provides a good selection of both newer movies and classics, at prices as low as $4.
There’s also Amazon Channels, which is a way of subscribing to third-party cable networks HBO, Epix, Starz, and CBS All Access. These channels often offer the option of watching shows live, as they would normally air over cable or satellite, plus you can access all of the content on-demand after the initial air date.
The prices vary, but the à la carte arrangement can be attractive for those who simply want HBO in their lives and don’t want to create a new subscription in a separate app to do so.
Amazon Prime also gives you the perks of having access to some free content too. Every Amazon Prime account can watch the NFL’s Thursday Night Football coverage live. With X-ray, you can see game stats, past plays, team info, among other things. There’s also IMDB’s ad-supported Freedive streaming service.
Lastly, it shouldn’t go unnoticed that a Prime membership does come with some other useful bonuses, just some of these are free two-day shipping on many Amazon products, Prime Music (which is an above sub-par if not stellar music-streaming service), and unlimited photo storage.
Since Netflix has nothing extra to bring to the table, it’s pretty clear why this is the better pick.
Winner: Amazon Prime Video
Content is king, so we shouldn’t be surprised that Netflix is the big player to out-perform. With its enormous variety of ad-free movies and TV shows, it is a strong competitor. It’s by far the most popular service out there, not to mention, its original content features some of the most famous actors in Hollywood.
Netflix invests so much in its licensed and original content, always giving viewers something to watch. Netflix developed the online streaming model. As a result, its interface is consistent and easy to use, letting users find the content they want to watch seamlessly.
It’s plain to see why Netflix is our number one choice for online streaming video.
Netflix Standard might be more than some viewers are willing to pay. Lucky for you, if you already enjoy Prime Delivery, you might already have a Netflix alternative. If you joined Amazon Prime for Prime Delivery and Prime Music, you already have Prime Video. You’re ly to find some titles you might be into, especially if you’re already paying for it.
If you can’t make up your mind about what streaming service to use, why not give them both a shot. Having multiple streaming services is common these days. By using a few different streamers, you can be sure you won’t miss any of the great original content that’s out there, and you’ll have access to your favorite classic movies and shows.
Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: which streaming service is best for you?
Choosing the best streaming service for you can be tricky. In fact, it's never been trickier considering that Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are no longer the two best options on the market.
In 2019, Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus both launched. And although the new services may not have as many TV shows and movies as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in their vaults, they offer up great content both new and old with big plans for the future.
However, if you're looking to sign-up for just one streaming service, we recommend sticking with the two current favorites and choosing between either Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. But how do you decide which is for you?
Both have back catalogues of great movies and TV shows and offer fantastic original content too. They're also both available on lots of different platforms, whether you want to watch on your TV, your smartphone, or your laptop.
To help you decide, we’ve put together this handy guide to the top two streaming services available today.
Netflix is arguably more than a streaming service these days; it’s become a cultural phenomenon, with an enormous 158 million of us subscribing to chill and binge. (A number that's ly to have increased as we enter 2020.)
This huge number is largely down to Netflix’s wealth of original and syndicated TV shows and movies, as well as its simple user interface.
That’s not to say that Amazon Prime Video isn’t popular too. We don't have recent stats on Amazon's subscriber numbers, unfortunately, but a year ago it had reached 75 million users worldwide. Even taking into account the fact the latest figures would be much, much larger, it pales in comparison to Netflix.
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Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: price and availability
Currently, the cheapest Netflix plan stands at $9 / £5.99 / AU$9.99, while its HD Standard plan (the most popular) costs $13 / £7.99 / AU$13.99.
For fans of Ultra HD streaming (and Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos), the 4K Premium plan is available for $16 / £9.99 / AU$17.99.
One of the main differences between Netflix and Prime Video is the fact that access to Amazon's streaming service comes standard with an Amazon Prime membership.
This means the streaming service comes as standard alongside Amazon Music and premium delivery services, which costs $10.99 per month in the US or an annual fee of £79 per year in the UK. It’s also now available in Australia for an introductory price of AU$4.99 per month.
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So, what does an Amazon Prime membership get you? The most famous of Amazon’s service is its free shipping, with same-day, next-day, and two-day delivery available depending on your location.
You also get access to a free Kindle ebook every month from the Kindle First service and another free book from the Amazon Kindle Lending Library, as well as Prime Music, which offers free music streaming of millions of tracks.
In the US and UK, you can also subscribe to Prime Video without an Amazon Prime membership for $8.99 / £5.99 per month; however, doing this is only marginally cheaper than buying the full membership, and for just a few dollars more, you get access to a host of fantastic services.
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Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: user interface
One of the best things about Netflix is how it uses clever algorithms to tailor its content to you, recommending shows and movies you might your past viewing habits. Sure, these algorithms can get it wrong – and often caters to Netflix originals – but the Netflix algorithm is still one of its best features.
Another reason for Netflix’s popularity is its intuitive user interface, which makes it easy to navigate shows and films you’ve saved to your ‘list’, as well as making it easy to search by genre, director, actor and more.
Prime Video is curated in a similar way, seemingly taking inspiration from Netflix’s user interface; navigation still isn’t quite as seamless as it is in Netflix, but Prime Video is catching up with the streaming behemoth.
Amazon Prime Video also has a nifty feature known as X-Ray, which gives actor and trivia information about what's happening on screen as you watch.
Both services are available in your web browser, on smart TVs, iOS and Android smartphones/tablets, games consoles the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One X, streaming boxes and dongles the Roku Premiere+, Amazon’s Fire TV devices, Apple TV, and compatible Blu-ray players.
Netflix also has its own Google Chromecast app. Currently Prime still doesn’t have an official app, but you can cast Prime Video from your laptop or smartphone to your TV using the streaming dongle.
In terms of picture quality, both services offer content in a range of definitions – but Prime video wins out when it comes to streaming in 4K.
While Netflix does offer a range of shows and films in 4K (and some in 3D if you have a compatible device) you’ll need to pay extra to access Netflix’s 4K content, though, which costs $3 / £2/ AU$4 more than its Standard plan.
This is where Amazon triumphs over Netflix; it offers more 4K content, and it doesn’t charge any extra for the privilege. So, as long as you have a compatible device, you can stream in ultra HD straight off the bat.
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One cool feature of Netflix picture quality is its dynamically-scaling streams mean you don't need to choose the quality level you want to watch at. If your bandwidth is low it will deliver just the standard definition versions, but if you've got the hardware and the correct subscription plan, it will go all the way up to 4K Ultra HD resolutions if available.
If you want to watch content offline, both services allow you to download selected shows and movies.
Netflix downloads stay in your library for 30 days at a time, and will automatically expire at that time – even if it's on a device that isn't connected to the internet.
Prime Video titles also have a limited viewing period that varies between different titles; generally, you’ll have around 30 days to watch your downloaded content, and once you start watching it, you have to finish it within 48 hours before it’s deleted.
Netflix's Bojack Horseman (Image credit: Netflix)
Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: content
Netflix has a huge range of exclusives, originals and classics to get stuck into, and is fast becoming a respected distributor of original movies and TV series.
This is especially true since Netflix Original movie Roma took the award for Best Cinematography, Best Director, and Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars back in 2019 and The Irishman has been nominated for a number of similar awards in 2020.
Its best-known original series include Orange Is The New Black, Bojack Horseman, Stranger Things, Daredevil, Maniac, and House of Cards, while more recent editions include Lost in Space and The Witcher.
Of course, it’s not only about original content; a huge part of Netflix’s success rides on the enormous variety of syndicated content it puts out, from thriller Breaking Bad to its extensive range of kids shows and movies.
Prime Video's Jack Ryan (Image credit: Amazon Prime Video) (Image credit: Amazon)
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Prime Video also boasts a huge library of content. In terms of TV shows, there’s a wealth of exclusive series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, and Mr. Robot, as well as syndicated shows The Office US, The Walking Dead, and Parks and Recreation.
It also has a more extensive range of films than Netflix, with rough estimates placing it as around 18,000 movies and 4,500 TV shows, compared to Netflix’s 11,000. Plus, Amazon often gets the rights to new releases much quicker than any other streaming service, with movies Mary Queen of Scots, Crazy Rich Asians, and Bohemian Rhapsody already available to watch (at least in the UK).
However, most of these newer films and TV shows aren’t actually included as part of the Prime Video subscription, which means you have to either buy or rent these titles to watch them.
This is where using Prime Video can be confusing; you have to be really careful about which movies and shows are included in your subscription and which are part of Amazon's video storefront. Amazon is pretty good about flagging Prime Video content and warning you before you make a purchase, but the fact that the two types of videos are mixed together can make things confusing.
According to Amazon, it also offers free streaming of Thursday Night Football. A spokesperson told us that “games are included with Prime and viewers are able to stream the games live with X-Ray, which allows viewers to access stats, past plays, team info and more”.
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Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: takeaway
With both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video offering such a fantastic wealth of content, either platform is a brilliant choice – but you should ask yourself a few questions before making your decision.
Are you looking for a really simple one-stop-shop for streaming TV shows and movies? Opt for Netflix. Do you regularly buy online from Amazon and want to save money on your shipping costs? Try Prime Video – it's built-in to your Prime subscription so there's nothing really to lose.
Just to confuse things even more, if you're a huge fan of Marvel or Star Wars, look to Disney Plus instead.
Price-wise, if you subscribed to Prime just for the shows and movies, there’s not a huge difference between the two services – but Amazon Video does give you the option to pay for new films a la carte, which is a nice option.
As there isn’t a huge amount of crossover between the content available on each platform, looking at which TV shows and movies appeal to you the most is a pretty good way of choosing between Netflix and Prime Video: If you’re a RuPaul’s Drag Race devotee, Netflix will be your best bet, but if you the look of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, you should go for Amazon Prime Video – both services offer a great variety of content, so be sure to look through each library before you make your choice.
Amazon Prime Video vs Netflix: Which is the better deal?
Netflix and Amazon Prime Video lead the video-on-demand (VOD) streaming market in the number one and two positions of active users. Both services produce original shows and movies, have won awards for their content, and provide access to popular licensed programs that cycle through their catalogs.
Un some other streaming services, Amazon Prime Video only has one plan. Its one-size-fits-all offering comes with a Prime membership and includes plenty of perks, such as standard 4K Ultra HD video quality. Netflix, on the other hand, offers a three-tier model, with Basic, Standard, and Premium options.
Plans and pricing for Amazon Prime Video vs. Netflix
Amazon Prime Video comes with an Amazon Prime membership. But you can opt to purchase a standalone video membership for $8.99/mo. With Netflix, there are three different plan options – Basic ($8.99/mo.), Standard ($13.
99/mo.), Premium ($17.99). The main differences between the tiers are that the higher levels offer HD and/or Ultra HD, plus additional screens that you can watch on simultaneously ( 1 for Basic, 2 for Standard, 4 with Premium).
|Amazon Prime Video||Netflix Basic|
|Free trial length||30 days||N/A|
|Number of titles||40,000+||8,000+|
|Original content available?||Yes||Yes|
Comparing the Amazon Prime vs. Netflix experience
As two of the leading VOD streaming services in the US, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix share several functionalities, such as multiple profiles and personalization options.
Netflix has a sleek, nicely-optimized user interface that is easy to use on several different devices. Amazon’s interfaces are more complicated and less integrated — making browsing and overall navigation a bit more difficult. This may be because Prime Video is one of the numerous services housed within the Amazon marketplace, while Netflix is 100% vested in your VOD experience.
Even though Amazon’s user interface falls short compared to Netflix’s, its app actually works quite well with Amazon devices, Alexa and the Echo speaker. Whether you are casting through an Amazon Fire TV Stick or watching with a mobile device, Amazon manages your other streaming services, CBS All Access, HBO GO, Netflix, and more.
Netflix offers continuity across devices, while Amazon Prime Video, on the other hand, does not. Amazon’s interface shines when it comes to the company’s own content, but the platform is also a viable interface for other apps. And one of the best parts of the Amazon Prime Video app is the number of channels and apps that are available.
Amazon Prime Video:
- Amazon devices
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android devices
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- iOS devices
- Smart TVs
- Web browsers
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android devices
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- iOS devices
- Nvidia Shield
- Smart TVs
- Web browsers
Netflix allows you to customize up to five profiles on one account. You can set parental controls on each profile.
The service also permits you to limit available viewing options by requiring a special code to access certain types of content. Creating profiles with Amazon Prime Video is a little more complicated.
If you are a Prime member, you can link your membership with that of your significant other — Amazon Household lets you share your digital library and wallet.
When it comes to add-on features, Amazon Prime knocks it the park. It surpasses Netflix in this area because it does what Amazon does best — it functions as a marketplace. The service offers several add-on channels you can purchase to further customize your experience, Showtime and STARZ.
The setting controls for Amazon Prime Video are accessible on Android and iOS devices by navigating to My Stuff at the bottom of your screen and then hitting the Settings icon. Netflix requires you to click on the Account menu option to access your settings.
As a premium streaming service, Amazon Prime Video does not have DVR storage Sling TV. Instead, you can download videos as you wish. Netflix may not have DVR storage either, but similar to Amazon Prime Video, you can download shows and movies for offline viewing.
Netflix offers simultaneous streaming — the number of devices depends on your plan. The Basic plan only lets you stream one device at a time. The Standard option gives you two streams, and the Premium offering provides four. With Amazon Prime Video, you can stream up to three videos simultaneously, but you can only watch one title on two devices at the same time.
Amazon Video vs. Netflix content
Amazon Prime Video and Netflix diverge when it comes to content. Amazon Prime Video offers more titles, while Netflix shines when it comes to original programming. Both streaming services have won awards for their original shows and movies.
With Amazon Studios, you have Manchester by the Sea, The Salesman, and Paterson. Netflix features titles such as Icarus, Roma, The Irishman, Stranger Things, The Crown, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Netflix tends to be a bit slow when it comes to licensing shows — it is typically a season behind.
Amazon, on the other hand, gives you the option to rent or buy episodes of new content following initial broadcast — an option not provided by Netflix. Amazon is a good bet if you enjoy watching hard-to-find shows and movies.
Amazon Prime Video also provides access to several HBO shows Deadwood, Succession, The Sopranos, and The Wire.
The final cut
Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are two of the best VOD streaming services on the market. Amazon Prime Video offers an incredibly large content library, and Netflix excels when it comes to original programming.
While both are great options, if you are already part of the Amazon universe, you might prefer Amazon Prime Video. Amazon Prime Video offers a 30-day free trial period.
This will give you plenty of time to give that service a try and see how it compares to Netflix.
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Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: Which is the Better Streaming Service?
Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are two of the most widely used streaming services available in the US. As more people gravitate to online streaming, the market becomes more competitive. This confusion means that many consumers are left to wonder which of the two “cut the cord” industry players are better.
Of course, both services have different content, so having both isn’t a bad idea. But, making a selection between the two can be difficult if you’re only using one. When deciding on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, this article provides a detailed description of both services so that you can determine which one is best for you.
The Netflix Experience
Today, Netflix is primarily digital. Using the smartphone app, a web browser, a Roku device, or even a Chromecast device, users log in and click ‘play’ on anything that Netflix offers. There are no rental fees, purchase fees, or registrations to enjoy anything on Netflix. You subscribe monthly to the service and watch whatever you want.
Netflix navigational elements feature a scrolling carousel with several rows of labeled sections, such as:
- “My List”
- “Trending Now”
- “Netflix Originals”
- “Reality TV”
- “Action Movies”
- “Crime TV Shows”
- and tons more
To browse the catalog, you scroll through the rows in each section. There is no “View All” option at the end of each row, in Prime Video. However, Netflix includes a “Categories” bar between the sliding carousels to find all related content within each category.
The Prime Video Experience
The interface is simple to use and is similar to Netflix, featuring a sliding carousel of content or apps in each row.
There is a “See All” option at the end of the lists, which Netflix does not include.
The service does offer a lot of free content, but some movies and shows are an additional cost, whether through rentals, subscriptions to third parties, or purchases. Anyways, Prime members get plenty to watch through the long list of Prime content available.
As for simultaneous usage, three users can watch different content at once, but only two devices can stream the same video simultaneously.
Comparing Netflix and Prime Video Pricing
Both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video offer a 7-day trial at the least, but they often give you 30 days to enjoy it. If you want to test before you buy, this is the opportunity to see what each offers and how they function. If you’re a student, Amazon also offers a free six-month trial, so there’s no reason not to pick up Amazon Prime Video if you’re still studying.
As stated previously, Netflix charges monthly, while Prime Video has several options. With Prime Video, you create an account and purchase only the content you want to watch, pay monthly for an Amazon Prime account, or pay yearly. If you choose an Amazon Prime membership, you get free two-day shipping, Prime’s music service, and much more!
Netflix bills users monthly using PayPal or a debit card. You can cancel the service at any time, and you can have up to four users watching at one time, depending on which package you purchase.
Netflix offers three tiers of service. The first is a basic package for $8.99/mo. You get unlimited streaming on content, Standard Definition streaming, and one device can stream content at a time.
The second tier offers a little more at $12.99/mo. This package gives you two streaming devices at one time and High-Definition streaming.
Lastly, the highest tier is $15.99/mo. You get four streams at one time and 4K streaming. The cost is higher than other options, but there’s more value for the avid binge-watcher.
Amazon Prime will let you pay to watch per movie or series. The costs vary here, but if you don’t want to pay for a subscription, this is your option.
If you’d a little more benefit without the commitment, you can purchase Amazon Prime for $12.99/mo and cancel any time. Also, students, Medicaid recipients, and those on EBT can get discounts, so there are many options for savings.
If you choose the yearly payment options, you’ll dish out $119 each year, which automatically renews twelve months from your enrollment date.
Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: Devices
Both services now connect to a wide range of devices, so there’s not much difference between them here. Netflix is, essentially, available on almost anything that has an internet connection and access to a display of some kind.
Amazon’s Prime Video service is also as ubiquitous. Paired with Amazon’s Fire Stick, it is the perfect duo, and thanks to updates, users can now stream with a Chromecast as well.
For streaming services, you can enjoy both options on just about any device.
Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: Content
It’s all about the shows, and both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have more than their fair share of aces up their sleeves. In Netflix’s corner is House of Cards, Narcos, Stranger Things, Orange Is the New Black, The Crown, BoJack Horseman, and Daredevil, to name just a few of its Netflix Originals.
There are Netflix originals and existing content from movies and TV shows to documentaries and musical performances. Content changes often, but most stay around for a while to give everyone a chance to watch them.
Over on Amazon Prime, you have Bosch, The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Mr. Robot, Hand of God, American Gods, Sneaky Pete, and more. If you have a particular show in mind, that will inevitably push you towards a specific service (which can also be a source of annoyance).
With a growing arsenal of award-winning original programming (similar to Netflix Originals) and a ready-made user base of Amazon Prime customers, Prime Video is bringing the fight to Netflix.
Prime Video users can stream their favorite content using the smartphone app, a web browser, or a Chromecast just Netflix. Amazon also features a line of Fire TV products with Prime Video built-in. Prime offers original content, newer content, and classics, so there is no difference here other than selection.
When it comes to films, Netflix boasts an ever-evolving catalog of cult classics, relatively new movies, and some exclusive indie films.
Amazon Prime Video also offers up a similar catalog, but it’s arguably more focused on TV shows than films, and its movie catalog isn’t as extensive.
It’s worth noting that Prime Video also requires you to pay to watch some films despite having a Prime membership.
The total number of TV shows and films available on both services continuously changes as content gets added or removed.
Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: Security
So, for most people, the account security isn’t a deal-breaker, but it is worth noting that Netflix doesn’t offer two-factor authentication where Prime Video does. Both services allow users to log unauthorized devices remotely so you can have complete control over the moochers in your life.
So, Which One is Better?
Both services have a lot to offer, but there’s a reason that Netflix is so popular. With Netflix Originals Orange Is the New Black, YOU, and Stranger Things, it’s tough not to keep your subscription active.
Another benefit of Netflix is that there aren’t any additional costs involved. If you choose the lowest tier plan, you’ll never pay more than $8.99/mo.
On the other hand, Amazon Prime offers many books, movies, music, and discounts; it’s undoubtedly a worthy service for $12.99/mo.
Overall, the consensus is that Netflix is the better option if you focus solely on streaming content. Not only do you have newer and older movies, but you also get Premium channel specials such as Shameless and Game of Thrones.