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Wondering Which Video Streaming Service Is Best? Compare Amazon Prime & Netflix

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netflixIf you want top quality entertainment at an affordable price, two of the best bets in the market are Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix. We look at the pros and cons of both video streaming services to help you decide the most suitable one for your taste. Read on for a detailed comparison of the two.

About Amazon Prime


Amazon Prime offers the best of HBO original films, mini-series, and series as part of its package. Top shows include In Treatment, The Pacific, Rome, Deadwood, True Blood, Big Love, Band of Brothers, Six Feet Under, The Wire and The Sopranos. However, older seasons of currently televised shows such as Veep and Girls will be available only after three years after their first airing on TV.

Amazon’s original shows may not be as popular as Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, but they have met with quiet success. Amazon’s political satire Alpha House featuring John Goodman has received good reviews, and it will continue airing its popular BBC period show Ripper Street.


Many users think the three-year waiting period to view current series is too long. Because of this, they cannot watch popular shows like Girls, Game of Thrones, True Detective, Silicon Valley, The Newsroom, and Veep. Another major disappointment is the fact that popular older shows like Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Sex and the City are not currently available on Amazon Prime because of other licensing contracts.

Only ‘select seasons’ of Boardwalk Empire can be watched. Plus, the studio movies available to HBO Go subscribers are also not included on Amazon Prime.


The price of the Prime service is $99/year including free shipping for Amazon purchases.


You will be able to watch HBO Go as well as Netflix from 2014-end on Fire TV, which is Amazon’s set-top box for streaming.

About Netflix


Netflix has a strong lineup of popular TV shows including The Good Wife, Parks and Recreation, and Breaking Bad. Plus, as mentioned earlier, their own original series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black have been well received.

Netflix announced that it has signed up the creator of Arrested Development, Mitch Hurwitz, to make more seasons of the well-liked series. The creator of Friends has come up with a new comedy titled Grace and Frankie starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Netflix also signed a contract with Marvel Comics last year. It spends more than $1 billion annually for content acquisitions.


Netflix costs $8.99/month which is more than Amazon’s price without the free shipping offered by the latter. Netflix recently lost the licensing to about 1,800 titles in its library. And, Amazon is fast catching up by producing top quality original programming including a rumored deal with HBO for exclusive content for Amazon Prime.


Netflix offers 6,916 film titles compared to Amazon Prime’s 2,452, and 3,613 TV titles compared to Amazon Prime’s 936. As these figures indicate, for the basic monthly fee, Netflix offers much more content. Keep in mind that the number of titles keeps changing as content is constantly added and removed based on licensing deals.

To sum up, Netflix offers a range of quality original programming along with a wonderful interface. Amazon Prime offers a number of shows that are not available elsewhere. We hope this comparison article has informed you adequately about the strengths and drawbacks of both video streaming services to help you make an educated decision.

Louie Andre

By Louie Andre

B2B & SaaS market analyst and senior writer for FinancesOnline. He is most interested in project management solutions, believing all businesses are a work in progress. From pitch deck to exit strategy, he is no stranger to project business hiccups and essentials. He has been involved in a few internet startups including a digital route planner for a triple A affiliate. His advice to vendors and users alike? "Think of benefits, not features."

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