Amazon Prime vs Netflix, Streaming Wars Have Truly Begun

Paid subscribers in Amazon Prime Video and Netflix

Movie fans like me have a reason to celebrate with the ad online streaming for movies and TV shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant device.

On any device, you can watch your favorite series and follow up on the latest releases.

Unlike Amazon Prime Video, Netflix hosts a larger content library and apps for many devices and platforms.

Also, it has closed captions for TV shows and movies than Amazon.

But films and TV shows that are over a year old cannot be found on Netflix unless they fall under Netflix’s productions.

If you want latest movies and show instantly, use Amazon Prime for the best experience. Both offer a one-month free trial, but they differ in various ways;


Amazon Prime instant video offers free 2-day shipping, and Prime Music has online DVD and Blu-ray disc rentals.

On the other hand, Netflix has older TV shows under their production.


For $$ per year, Amazon Prime Instant gives you access to unlimited free 2-day shipping, one Kindle book free per month, free same-day shipping on certain items and orders over 35 dollars.

With Netflix, there are various options per month which include (Netflix Plans) $12 to stream on 4 screens simultaneously, $9 for streaming on 2 screens together in HD, and $8 to stream on one screen at a time in the normal or standard definition.

In addition, $8 per month for DVD-by-mail service is available and $2 per month extra for Blu-ray-discs.

Library Size

Netflix has an extensive library of about 100,000 movies and TV shows compared to Amazon Prime Video that streams more than 40,000.

In an attempt to catch up with Netflix, Amazon is investing in expanding its content. Luckily, both of them are ad-free.

Video Quality

This depends on internet connection, but Amazon Prime is better with DVD quality files, streaming HD at 720p and TiVo download at 1080i.

For Netflix, you need 1. 5 M bit per seconds for a connection, 5 M bits per second to stream HD at 720p, and 1080p HD has been introduced.

Basically, without good connection, there is no smooth streaming of movies online.


More than 10 million Amazon Prime Video subscribers were recorded by March 2013.

While Netflix had about 30 million subscribers plus 7.75 million internationally by June 2013.

Clearly, Netflix is more famous compared to Amazon.

Programs Streamed

Netflix doesn’t stream a show until it’s next season begins while on Amazon.

Most shows that are available, are those that ended years ago; generally, current TV shows are not available on Amazon.


Amazon Prime Instant Video is a service offered by in the United States to provide television shows and movies for rental or purchase.

On the other hand, Netflix offers it’s services beyond the United States to the Caribbean, Canada, United Kingdom, Latin America, and Ireland.

Also, it has a flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States.


As “Amazon Unbox,” Amazon Prime Instant Video was launched on 2006 which was later rebranded in 2008 as “Amazon video on demand” and later in 2011, it became “Amazon Instant Video”.

Streaming on Netflix was launched in 2007.


Though they share common shows and films, Amazon has exclusive content you won’t find on Netflix including HBO shows like Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and The Wire.

On the list are Nickelodeons best films like Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Square Pants, and Go! Among others.

Likewise, Netflix has exclusives like How I Met Your Mother, Madmen, and Breaking Bad among the AMC shows.

Both have their productions, but Netflix was in the business before Amazon launched it’s own TV series in 2013.

Device Compatibility

Though Amazon Video is supported by many devices, it doesn’t receive similar reception from Chromecast, unlike Netflix that has a native app for Apple which Amazon lacks.

If you have an Apple TV, streaming with Netflix does not demand the use of other devices but to use Amazon Video, you will need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod for your Apple TV.

Downloading Videos

For offline viewing, Amazon allows download of videos, unlike Netflix that offers downloads of a limited number of videos as of 2016.

Before then, Netflix did not provide this service, and it’s working on making more of its content available for download.

As far as popularity goes, I believe Amazon Video has a long way to go.

It’s limited to the United States compared to Netflix which is available in many countries.A majority of people prefer Netflix for availability and content.

It accounts for a greater percentage of internet usage than Amazon which is growing with time.

Online streaming of movies and TV shows gives subscribers a chance to be ahead;

While others eagerly await the return of Prison Break 5 or any other continuing/new series, you are an episode ahead of them.