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Netflix vs Amazon Prime: Who’s Winning?

April 14, 2020
Comment Chloe

Discover who’s winning in the ultimate battle of Netflix Vs Amazon Prime!

As the internet grows ever more ubiquitous, video-on-demand services are growing in number, with more and more services out there bringing movie and TV streaming right into your homes. Netflix and Amazon Prime, however, remain among the biggest names in the streaming business (not least due to being among the most long-running).

But which of these leading streaming services is better for you? Here’s a few factors to consider.

Price

The first factor one considers when choosing any brand – what will you pay for each one? Well, the thing about subscription services is that pricing can get a little complicated at times.

When it comes to Netflix, pricing is three-tier. All three tiers offer access to the same content, but are somewhat different in their features. The first tier, Basic, costs $9 per month, and allows streaming on only a single screen, with a maximum quality of only 480p. The next tier, Standard, costs $13 per month, and allows streaming on up to two different screens at a time, in HD quality. The final tier, Premium, costs $16 per month, can be streamed on four screens at once, with quality that goes up to 4K Ultra HD.

By contrast, Amazon Prime’s pricing is a lot simpler. There are two pricing options: $13 per month, or $119 per year (though discount options are available to students and EBT and Medicaid holders. These options all offer the same features and quality.

As you can see, deciding which service’s prices are better for you is dependent on a number of things – what sort of quality you want, how many people will be using the account at once, how much you are willing to spend, and so forth. The good news is that both services offer a month-long free trial, giving you the chance to test both, and give you some better idea of which one you prefer.

Device compatibility

The most important factor besides price – the fact is that it won’t make much sense to choose a streaming service that doesn’t work on devices you have available.

Thankfully, both of them being as old as they are, Netflix and Amazon Prime are likely both compatible with at least one of the devices you have in your home. However, Netflix wins out on this one just ever so slightly, due to the fact that (at least for now) it’s compatible with Nintendo 3DS and Windows Phone, while Amazon isn’t.

Content

As most folks realize by now, the content of streaming services frequently shifts – more so than ever nowadays, in fact, as more and more streaming services are starting up and laying claim to exclusive rights to certain intellectual properties.

But generally speaking, the content libraries can be distinguished in this way: Amazon Prime has the larger library, but a lot of its content is older movies and series. Netflix has a smaller library, but is more likely to be hosting the very latest and most popular content.

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