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Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Video

John Turnbull

Posted on January 14, 2019 09:50

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Who offers more bang for the buck?

So Netflix increased their monthly fee, again. Since I've been a member it has gone up from $9.95/month to $14.95/month, almost a 150% increase. Amazon Prime Video is holding steady at $7.95/month. Now value-for-cost is subjective, so I decided to look at which option provides the best entertainment for its price.

Netflix:

Admittedly I have a soft spot for Netflix because I've been there since it took those red boxes out of the grocery stores and went to streaming. It was my first foray into cutting the cable package teat once and for all. Initially, it had a good mix of new releases and classic movies in genres that interested me and sprinkled in some original programming, more hit than miss (House of Cards, Orange is the New Black).

Now it has shifted to emphasize it's original programming, copying the HBO model (AMC is heading that way, too). It seems they're passing the costs of producing these onto the customer.

While I laud the effort to create original programming and the subsequent opportunities for script writers, I still want to see blockbuster movies and old classics, especially ones that should be seen (Citizen Kane, for example). So the shift to its homegrown talent is wearing thin. Plus, and perhaps more annoying, the programmers have decided to make the show availability regional. For example, Canada has a decidedly different selection list than the US. For some reason, Netflix has deemed "Bollywood" as a predominant craving in Canada. While I have nothing against these movies, they are certainly not my first choice. Perhaps if Netflix wants to go this route, they should have a basic package for a basic price and offer customizable viewing options for a small, additional fee.

Amazon Prime Video:

Amazon too has original programming. But it seems that they are more selective in their output as the hit/dud quotient leans towards the former. They aren't great with new "blockbusters", but their selection of older movies and TV is far superior to Netflix. Amazon has obviously made a concerted effort to make their overall programming scheme more family-orientated, making their genre selection limited - at least in comparison to Netflix. APV also adds considerably less content per month, which can be a detriment for those (like myself) who rely on these streaming sources entirely (except for jacking sporting events online for free -LOL) in place of cable.

So which streaming service is better? Despite my loyalty, I find myself watching Amazon a lot more than Netflix of late. Netflix has reigned supreme too long because of their lack of competition in the field they basically created and it has gone to their heads. If they want to stay on top, they've got to smarten up. For value versus quality, go with Amazon Prime Video.

John Turnbull

Posted on January 14, 2019 09:50

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