Nowadays, fewer and fewer people are renting movies from the video rental store and there are people who broke up with their cable companies because they didn’t like the list of channels included in their TV plans. Soon, video streaming services invaded the market, which made the people forget about the cable providers. Two of the big names in the video streaming sector are Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, and below we’ll compare them in order to see which one has more to offer.
Netflix is compatible with computers and Macs (via the web browser), many Smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, consoles such as PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U and Wii, video streamers such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, WD TV, Chromecast and mobile devices running on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Also, it’s compatible with YouView boxes etc.
The Prime Instant Video runs on computers, Macs, the same consoles, some Smart TVs (manufactured by Sony, Samsung, LG and Hisense), some Amazon devices – Fire Phone, Fire Tablet, Kindles, and on mobile devices running on Android and iOS.
Netflix has three plans: Basic (£5.99/mo, £72 a year), Standard (£6.99/mo, £84 a year) and Premium (£8.99/mo, £108 a year), which have in common the same content, but additional channels are offered along with the more expensive plans. The Basic plan doesn’t offer HD content, so you will need to opt for the Standard plan, which also offers you the possibility to watch content on two screens, simultaneously. The Premium plan offers Ultra HD (4k) video content, which can be watched on up to 4 screens.
Amazon Prime Instant Video costs £79.99 a year and the videos come with a 1080p resolution. The users get also free One-Day Delivery for items they buy from Amazon.
Each service offers a variety of original TV series. So, with Netflix you’ll watch House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black and many other regular TV series, while Amazon offers original content aka shows created by the company and which are available under the name of Amazon Originals. Besides, there are lost of TV series offered through the Amazon Prime Instant Video library and the list includes Arrow, The Walking Dead, The Office etc.
Only Amazon supports offline viewing options, which means that the shows can be downloaded and watched in offline mode, on Android or iOS devices.