Amazon Prime vs Netflix: Which is the better streaming platform for you?

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Although Netflix
is arguably the original media streaming service, it is by no means
alone in the industry. There are
many streaming services out there
all vying for your monthly
subscription dollars. One of those services is Amazon
Prime Video
, which begs the question: which service should you
get?

The Amazon Prime vs Netflix decision isn’t easy. After all, an
Amazon Prime subscription doesn’t just give you access to
streaming movies and TV; there are many
more perks
on offer too.

However, if all you care about is which service you should pay
for when it comes to watching movies and television shows, you can
examine the strengths and weaknesses of each platform and come to a
conclusion.

Let’s take a look at who wins the Amazon Prime vs Netflix
fight!

Video quality

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With display resolutions on TVs, smartphones,
laptops, and all other electronics getting better and better, you
want to be certain that the media you stream matches the quality of
your display. After all, what’s the point of having a crisp 4K
computer monitor if what you’re watching maxes out at 480p?

When it comes to Netflix and media quality, you have some
options. There are three subscription tiers offered by Netflix and
each one allows you to stream at different resolutions:

  • Basic — HD (480p max)
  • Standard — Full HD (1080p max)
  • Premium — Ultra HD (4K max)

Obviously, the price goes up the higher your streaming quality
goes (more on that later). Also, it should be noted that only
select content on Netflix will have a 4K option.

Amazon Prime is much more straightforward: your
annual Prime subscription fee
allows you to watch any available
content at the highest quality possible, which in some cases would
mean 4K resolution.

Both services will also stream with HDR support and Dolby
Atmos
sound quality, assuming your home theater setup supports
those features. In the case of Netflix, support for those features
is only available with the Premium tier subscription.

Streaming device support

There are
so many streaming devices
available nowadays. You’ve got your
standalone devices like a
Roku
or Fire TV, as well as
smart TVs with various apps pre-installed. You’ve also got
laptops,
smartphones, and tablets, all of which might have different
operating systems and different features and limitations.

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With that in mind, you want to subscribe to a service that
offers the best compatibility with all the screens in your
life.

At this point, both Netflix and Amazon support all the major
platforms, with both services having apps for the majority of
streaming devices as well as specific apps for Android, iOS,
Windows, etc.

However, if you were to get picky, Netflix is supported on more
devices than Amazon Prime. For example, you can watch Netflix on
your Nintendo 3DS or even your
old Nintendo Wii. If you have some very niche needs when it comes
to your streaming devices, Netflix will likely be the most reliable
option here.

Number of streams

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Both Amazon and Netflix limit the number of simultaneous streams
you can have going on your account at any given time. This prevents
you from sharing your account with your extended family or large
friend network —
though many still do it
.

That being said, the two companies understand that you might
want to have one stream going on your living room TV while your
kids have another stream going on
the family tablet
. As such, they offer options.

Since Netflix has tiered subscriptions, your simultaneous
streaming limit goes up with the more you spend each month:

  • Basic — One stream only
  • Standard — Two simultaneous streams
  • Premium — Four simultaneous streams

Amazon does things a little differently. Each Amazon Prime
member can stream on up to three devices at once. However, you can
only stream the same media on two devices at once. Netflix
doesn’t have this limit — if you’re a Premium tier Netflix
subscriber, you could stream the same program on four devices at
once without issue.

Content

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If you’re going to pay for a streaming service, you want the
one with the most content. Ultimately though, when you examine
Netflix, Amazon Prime, or any other service, which one jibes the
most with your taste is going to be pretty subjective.

For example, Amazon has
many more movies
on offer as compared to Netflix. Knowing that,
you might assume Amazon is the better choice for film lovers.
Unfortunately, many of the movies Amazon offers are B-grade oldies
or straight-to-video fare you’ll likely never want to watch.
Littered among those movies are some bigger hits, but even those
will likely be at least a few years old.

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Meanwhile, Netflix offers fewer films but
the ones it does offer
are usually of a higher caliber.

When it comes to television series, Netflix is by far the
winner. Not only does it have a larger selection of series content,
but its
original shows
are also some of the most popular programs of
the past decade, including Stranger Things, House of Cards, Orange
is the New Black, and more.

To its credit, Amazon has some great original shows too,
including The Man in the High Castle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,
and Jack Ryan. However, none of those shows have earned the
popularity and critical acclaim bestowed on multiple Netflix
series.

Additional perks

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Although Netflix still has a
DVD mail out service
, its three tiers of subscription plans
don’t have any additional features or perks. You pay a flat fee
each month which allows you to stream as much content as you want,
and that’s it.

An Amazon Prime subscription, on the other hand, comes
with so many additional perks
. You get free Prime shipping for
anything you buy from the company as well as access to a free music
service called Amazon Prime Music. There’s also unlimited photo
storage, the Kindle
lending library which essentially gets you free ebooks, and even
discounts at Whole Foods supermarkets, which
Amazon owns
.

Sure, none of those perks have anything to do with streaming
movies or TV shows, so you might not care about them. But if you
want to get the most out of your subscription, Amazon Prime offers
much more than Netflix.

Price

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Amazon Prime vs Netflix: Which is the better streaming platform for you?