Amazon Prime Video vs Netflix

Entertainment Nov 19, 2020

There are too many streaming services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Apple TV+, YouTube Premium, HBO, Disney+, and also some country-specific services.

This post is about comparing two main services (Netflix and Prime Video) and deciding which one is better according to many factors.

Amazon Prime subscription gives you some perks like free shipping, kindle, Prime Gaming, etc. So, if you are based in US then Prime might be your priority if you will use all those perks, otherwise I will compare only Prime Video subscription with Netflix.


Let's begin with price comparison. Prices shown for US-based in $USD.

 Netflix BasicNetflix StandardNetflix PremiumAmazon Prime
Video Quality480p Max1080p Max4K Max4K Max
Simultaneous StreamsOneTwoFourThree
Same Program StreamOneTwoFourTwo
Monthly Price$9$14$18$13
Yearly Price$108$156$192$120


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Amazon has a lot more movies on offer as compared to Netflix. Knowing that, you might assume Amazon is the better choice for film lovers. Unfortunately, many of the movies Amazon offers are B-grade oldies or straight-to-video fare you’ll likely never want to watch. Littered among those movies are some bigger hits, but even those will likely be at least a few years old.

Meanwhile, Netflix offers fewer films, but the ones it does offer are usually of a higher caliber.


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So, which one should you pick? If you want to get the most out of your dollars, my suggestion would be to go with Amazon Prime. If you want to spend the least amount of money possible, I suggest going with the Basic Netflix plan or the stand-alone Amazon Prime Video tier.

Ultimately though, I highly recommend going with the Basic Netflix plan and the full version of Amazon Prime. If you do, you’ll get the incredible selection of content Netflix offers as well as the content and perks Amazon Prime offers. If you can afford to spend $228 per year — or around $19 per month if you budget it out for yourself — this is the ideal situation.

Otherwise if you live outside US then you'll get all subscriptions much cheaper, but depending on country Amazon perks might be irrelevant for you because of shipping options, so then you can enjoy only Prime Video tier instead.