There are a wide variety of streaming services to choose from, but the two that offer the most robust selection of options are Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant.
Netflix is the grand-daddy of them all at it is still the most patronized streaming service available. Although Netflix cycles through some of their movie titles and offers new ones every six or seven weeks, most television shows can be streamed a year after broadcast.
Now that they have entered into the original programming business, you can see some of the most critically-acclaimed series that are available nowhere else.
Amazon Prime Instant streaming service is very similar to Netflix in many regards. They both have free movies available to their subscribers.
Netflix still being the big beast in on the block, it faces a growing field of challenges from its competitors here being the Amazon which has currently raised its game making it more convenient than Netflix in some areas. The two streaming companies are in high competition with each other and Amazon’s general price point may give the company an edge.
Amazon differs from Netflix where many first-run shows on broadcast and basic cable TV are available from Amazon, at a price this bringing competition for Netflix where first -run shows on broadcast and basic cable TV you have to wait a year for them to be available.
When you order a movie or a series after it premieres, in Amazon, it gives you options both standard and high definition formats. The cost runs from the $4 dollar to $6 dollar range, but that is an option you cannot get on Netflix.
Like new movies? There is no need to wait a whole year for them to show up on Netflix. You can rent or buy them on Amazon Prime to add to your video cloud library for the same cost or even a little lower than the price you would pay for getting it through traditional channels.
Amazon also has titles available for rental/purchase that Netflix does not have, and they have it in high definition as well. Their investment selection doesn’t cycle the same way as Netflix’s streaming selection, and almost any movie is to be found in Amazon’s growing video library. So what’s the downside, you ask. Why should I even consider Netflix at all?
The main downside is that you will have to pay extra money in addition to your subscription fee if you want to see new shows and recently released on movies on home video. So Amazon Prime Instant will end up costing you more if you want to experience all the advantages it has over Netflix. Adding insult to the injury, there are countless titles on Netflix that come included with their base streaming subscription that you have to pay for on Amazon.
So if you have to choose just one, Netflix is the cost saving but still fantastic option. But if you don’t mind having an extra expense to have a home viewing experience closer to that of cable TV, then Amazon Prime is the option for you.
But even though Amazon Prime Video is more preferable for international viewers, Netflix’s originals still carries more cache. Both streaming companies are planning massive investments in original content over the next year so this race, although heated, is just getting started.
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