Netflix vs. Amazon Prime: The Ultimate Comparison

  • What are Netflix and Amazon Prime?
  • Netflix vs. Amazon Prime: Subscription, Prices, and Number of Devices
  • Netflix vs. Amazon Prime: Content

Today’s streaming has surely become more convenient and satisfying with the improvements that we have seen in the streaming industry. Currently, there are a lot of Subscription Video On-Demand (SVDO) service providers from which we can choose from based on our needs and wants for video streaming. 

The vast majority of the giants in the streaming service industry nowadays have grown through the tough competition in the market. Some of which are Foxtel, Binge, Disney+, Stan, Kayo, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.  Development and change is a must in this kind of niche because it is a do or die game. Either you do it, develop changes, take the risk, and hopefully be successful or stick to the old business figure and be left out. Nonetheless, with such competition of course there will be a winner. Luckily, it is always us, the customers, who always win because we are the ones  who make use of and enjoy their developments. 

Among these various online video streaming service providers are the heavyweights Netflix and Amazon Prime. These two will be our competitors for this head to head comparison to see which between Netflix and Amazon Prime will remain standing in the end. 

In this guide, Compare Broadband will help you know more about the nature of each streaming service provider, and compare them with regards to their prices and subscriptions, features, number of devices, quality of videos, and content of their libraries. 

What is inside?

  • What are Netflix and Amazon Prime?
  • Netflix vs. Amazon Prime: Subscription, Prices, and Number of Devices
  • Netflix vs. Amazon Prime: Content
  • Netflix vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should I Choose?

What are Netflix and Amazon Prime?

Both of these streaming giants are U.S born. In addition, the two are subscription-based streaming service providers which offer on-demand titles for viewing consumption. This means that in order for one to avail the service of Netflix or Amazon Prime, they need to subscribe to their service first. The subscription will vary depending on the price and features offered. Nonetheless, a reliable internet connection or NBN connectivity is a must if you will be availing any of the two. Their services rely heavily on internet connection. 

Netflix has undeniably grown and flourished in the past recent years. The glorious number of active subscribers it has accumulated as of writing has already reached 182 million subscribers. The content library it has which we will tackle as we go along will surely give you an eyegasm. Aside from the pool of established TV shows and Netflix Originals, this streaming service also offers a flexible subscription plan to fit the different needs of its customers. 

Amazon Prime, on the other hand, is not just a shopping membership subscription. While it is true that subscribing to Amazon Prime gives you the perks of hassle free shopping and so much more shopping and shipping discounts, there are still more of it. We could say that Amazon Prime Subscription is an all-around subscription. But why? It is because a subscription in Amazon Prime will make you eligible for freebies including Amazon Prime Music, Amazon Prime Games, Amazon Prime Photos, Amazon Prime Reading, and on top of that, Amazon Prime Videos. Amazing, right?! Well, here’s what you will get after availing their service. Nonetheless, we will focus more on the Amazon Prime Videos on this guide.

Surprisingly, this arm of Amazon Prime, the Amazon Prime Videos, has also so much to offer that it could actually stand against the other heavyweights in streaming services. With the pocket-friendly subscription payment and a vast library of contents, we would be amazed how Amazon has gathered all of the titles it holds. 

Netflix vs. Amazon Prime: Subscription, Prices, and Number of Devices

Netflix and Amazon Prime have gone separate ways when it comes to subscription plans. The former, Netflix, has a three tiers of subscription plans for its customers: the basic plan, the standard plan, and the premium plan. Each tier has different features to offer which includes the video quality and number of devices that could simultaneously use the account. 

Netflix basic plan, standard plan, and premium plan cost $9.99, $13.99, and $19.99 respectively. You should take note that for each tier, the quality of video you can play and the number of devices that can screen share will differ. Basic plan can play videos at a Standard Definition(SD). The standard plan will let you stream video at High Definition (HD) while sharing your account to another device. Lastly, the cream of the crop premium plan can play videos at 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) plus 3 more devices to use the account. Nonetheless, regardless of your subscription plan, you will have access to all of the contents Netflix has to offer may it be a studio produced TV Show or a Netflix Original. 

These are not lock-in subscription plans which means you can stop the subscription anytime you want.  However, Netflix Australia does not currently offer free trials for its Aussie customer since March 2020. 

The latter, Amazon Prime, has a single subscription plan to offer to its customers. The subscription plan could be monthly or annually. If you will go for the annually, of course you will be able to save a couple of bucks in your pocket. The subscription costs $6.99 per month which is roughly $49.00 for an entire year. With this subscription plan, you will be eligible for the following services: Amazon Prime Music, Amazon Prime Games, Amazon Prime Photos, Amazon Prime Reading,and most importantly, Amazon Prime Videos. 

The Amazon Prime Videos will offer you a vast library of contents which some are rare to find. 

You can also stream videos using a single account with a maximum of 3 devices simultaneously as long they play different titles. 

Amazon also offers free 30-days trial service for its newly pledged subscribers. However, you should take note that upon signing up, Amazon Prime will ask for your payment details which includes your card details. The billing cycle of the service starts right after the trial period ends. Worry not, though! You can cancel your subscription right before your trial service  ends if you don't want to continue the service anymore. 

With the different subscription schemes Netflix and Amazon Prime employs, we cannot directly compare them. However, these things are for sure. If you are a shopaholic person who loves playing games, listening to music, reading books, and watching movies then Amazon Prime is the right fit for you. On the other hand, if you are a hardcore binge-watcher who would like to focus on watching solely with different choices for the qualities of videos while sharing it to 4 people, then Netflix got you. 

Netflix vs. Amazon Prime: Content

Deciding which is the champion when it comes to content is a tough decision to make. Not to mention that it would be subjective. So for this section, we will try to look at their contents via numerical differences and the variance of offered contents. 

Netflix currently approximately have 3,500+ available movie titles and 1,800+ TV shows ready to be watched. Well, the number has surely blown up this high because it needs to keep up with its growing number of subscribers. New and fresh titles should be offered for its clients. Different TV shows like Lucifer and The Teachers are offered in Netflix Australia. Not only that! You should take note that Netflix has been making its name known with the originals it produces. Some of the original must-watch in Netflix are Stranger Things and To All the Boys I’ve Loved before. Netflix has also managed to secure rights on international blockbusters like La Casa De Papel and Elite. 

Amazon Prime Videos holds 354+ available TV shows and 5,979 watchable movies. This video streaming service provider also houses originals which include The Man in the High Castle and Jack Ryan and Bosch. The bulk of Amazon Prime Videos Library contents are invested towards the lesser known or rare movie titles and shows which could be dated back in 1960s or 1970s. 

Just by looking at the number, Amazon prime won this match. The vast library storage of Amazon with its rare gems collection could be its edge against Netflix. However, as I have said a while ago, judging the content will be subjective. If the rare games are Amazon Prime’s pride, then Netflix has these freshly picked movies that could be blockbusters for the newer generations. With regards to numbers, Amazon won for now. But, we can’t tell if the crown stays until tomorrow. 

Netflix vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should I Choose?

Well, it will all depend upon your needs and how much you are willing to spend. If you are looking for a one stop shop, then Amazon is the best option you have with the bunch of freebies it offers. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a much better streaming service provider with fresh options and unique video features, Netflix could be your pal. In the end, no matter what you choose, you will surely get to experience a unique streaming encounter with the features each has to offer.