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Netflix vs Amazon Prime

post #1 of 18
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I'm looking into possibly switching from Netflix Instant Watch to using Amazon Prime to stream TV/movies. I'm going to look into the differences between their selections, but I was wondering if any of you guys have opinions on these two services, I'd love to hear them.

post #2 of 18

As a Prime customer I get lots of streaming content on Amazon. I'd been working through Deep Space 9 until I started having major streaming issues, then switched to Netflix.

 

At first I found that Amazon beat Netflix in terms of streaming quality, but now they seem to be on par (wonder if Netflix is loosing subscribers, thus freeing up bandwidth, or if they are investing on improving their technology infrastructure).

 

In terms of content, I'd say that both services have lots of "free" (if you are a Amazon Prime customer) TV content and older films. Amazon has a slight edge in that you can stream just released movies before Netflix gets them. Also Netflix has a constantly changing roster of streaming content. I have both Streaming and DVD Netflix services so it's less of an issue for me.

 

Which brings us to cost: Amazon is clearly the winner here, since Prime is one annual fee. There is plenty of content available with Prime membership to keep you occupied. If you simply must see Thor via streaming, you pay $1.99-$4.00 (I think) per movie for amazon streaming.

 

So, the questions to ask yourself are

 

1) is the price difference between Amazon and Netflix important (both are pretty damn cheap)

2) The content you like. You can watch Mad Men via Netflix, but not Amazon. Both services offer all the Star Trek series, etc. Do you want to watch just released films etc.

 

 


Edited by Cylon Baby - 12/31/11 at 9:13pm
post #3 of 18

I have Amazon Prime because of work (always a novel to read and I don't buy 25 bucks at a time. Love the free shipping), so the streaming is a bonus for me. It works well. I only wish Xbox would get an app for it so I could watch it on my downstairs television.

 

 

As far as content, I like both, a lot. Which service I use depends on what I want to see.

post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by MrTyres View Post

I have Amazon Prime because of work (always a novel to read and I don't buy 25 bucks at a time. Love the free shipping), so the streaming is a bonus for me. It works well. I only wish Xbox would get an app for it so I could watch it on my downstairs television.



That's the big drawback for me.  I love having Netflix on my Xbox (and the wireless Blu-ray I just bought).

post #5 of 18

OK so I just want to say that the big advantage of AMAZON PRIME is supposed to be FREE TWO DAY SHIPPING. I ordered a DVD on the 30th of December last year, and it's not scheduled to arrive till January 5 2012

 

Huh?

post #6 of 18

Not all items are Prime eligible.

post #7 of 18

And not all Prime items are in stock to be shipped on the date of your order. I'm thinking you most likely missed the fine print. I've ordered a ton of items on Prime and it's rather uncanny how they arrive sometimes even earlier than promised. Never had a delivery even in doubt.

 

Mistakes do happen though.....

 

As for Netflix vs Amazon, for the movies I seek out, Amazon has a pretty meager selection. Netflix has somewhere around 23,000 titles. I can't imagine that Amazon has nearly that many...and from my fruitless searches there, I don't have to....

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Originally Posted by Richard Dickson View Post

Not all items are Prime eligible.



 


 

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And not all Prime items are in stock to be shipped on the date of your order. I'm thinking you most likely missed the fine print. I've ordered a ton of items on Prime and it's rather uncanny how they arrive sometimes even earlier than promised. Never had a delivery even in doubt.

 

Mistakes do happen though.....

 

As for Netflix vs Amazon, for the movies I seek out, Amazon has a pretty meager selection. Netflix has somewhere around 23,000 titles. I can't imagine that Amazon has nearly that many...and from my fruitless searches there, I don't have to....


I ordered this one on top. I was pretty sure it was a PRIME item. Oh well

 

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post #9 of 18

Ahhh, that sucks, Kate. Looks like a third party vendor is about to lose their Prime tag with Amazon. Contact them and see what's up. Be sure to leave the proper feedback too. Having your item tagged as a Prime-eligible item is high advertising for shoppers. It's not to be taken lightly.

 

 

post #10 of 18

The pricing for Amazon vs. Netflix looks sweet until you take into account that you'll have to pay four bucks for every new release at Amazon. At that rate, I'd rather snail-mail the stuff.

post #11 of 18

I'm highly enjoying my free month of Prime that I got with my Kindle Fire. Enough that after it ends, I will be signing up for Amazon Student...which gets you the Amazon Prime shipping benefits, plus others, for free for 6 months, and then you get the full Amazon Prime for 39.00/year for up to 4 years.

post #12 of 18
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Ahhh, that sucks, Kate. Looks like a third party vendor is about to lose their Prime tag with Amazon. Contact them and see what's up. Be sure to leave the proper feedback too. Having your item tagged as a Prime-eligible item is high advertising for shoppers. It's not to be taken lightly.

 

 



Well, I thank you for your concern, it helps salve the disappointment. With that said, I think I'll just let this slide. The odds of me ever dealing with this seller again are probably low, just like my motivation to send out emails trying to track down my $3.11 order. It's the tail end of the holiday season so I can understand there might be a backlog, it's just frustrating when you're paying for a service that advertise especially fast delivery times

 

Oh well

 

I will leave them some pointed feedback when it finally gets here though. I will explain the entire situation to other users, so they can make up their own minds

post #13 of 18

Kate,dear, if you ordered it late Friday (as in too late to ship) it would normally ship Monday. Yesterday was a holiday in the eyes of UPS and FedEx, so it ships today.

3+2=5

Ships the 3rd, delivers the 5th.

 

post #14 of 18
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Kate,dear, if you ordered it late Friday (as in too late to ship) it would normally ship Monday. Yesterday was a holiday in the eyes of UPS and FedEx, so it ships today.

3+2=5

Ships the 3rd, delivers the 5th.

 


Fair enough, that makes sense. It just was frustrating having my first prime purchase turn out this way, though I'll more than allow the holiday season as a complicating factor in all this

 

And I don't remember when I ordered it on Friday, but yes it was probably late at night

post #15 of 18

Good detective work by Raspberry. Kate, you and I owe ExpressMedia a public apology, in the town square. Cupcakes and licorice will be served to all attendees.

 

 

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post #16 of 18
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Good detective work by Raspberry. Kate, you and I owe ExpressMedia a public apology, in the town square. Cupcakes and licorice will be served to all attendees.

 

 

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I'll give 'em a friendly review when it comes time!

post #17 of 18
Just wanted to give a shout out to EXPRESS MEDIA for having delivered my ALEXANDER DVD on time. They get a rep
post #18 of 18

So, Amazon Prime is now on XBOX. It streams just as well and very similiar as HBOGO. It has all my purchased shows as well.

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