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Saturday Review: Netflix vs. Amazon Prime

You learned last week that we don’t have cable or satellite and get most of our television and movies from streaming services. Today, I’m going to give you our run-down on two of the most popular services – Netflix and Amazon Prime. We have both.

Let the battle begin!

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First up, Netflix.

Cost: $8.99 per month/$107.88 per year

What you get: 10,000+ titles with unlimited streaming; shows from AMC and the Discovery Channel; access to original series; access on iOS devices, Android devices, major game consoles, FireTV, Roku, Smart TVs, Chromecast, Apple TV

Awesomeness: Netflix original series are generally excellent and – naturally – not available elsewhere. In a survey done by Lifehacker in March, Netflix had twice as many of the 250 most popular television shows. You have the ability to add the classic DVD service to your subscription to open up your choices even more.

Drawbacks: Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. New movies and shows are added as content contracts are negotiated and tastes change, but this means things are removed too. Your favorite movie might disappear. Additionally, there is usually a pretty significant lag time before new seasons of television shows are available.

Now, Amazon Prime.

Cost: $99 per year

What you get: 40,000+ titles, some with unlimited streaming, some individually priced; shows from HBO, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central; access on iOS devices, Kindle Fire, major game consoles, FireTV, Roku, Smart TVs

Awesomeness: Free two-day shipping comes with the Prime subscription; this applies to a huge amount of products available on Amazon. Kindle eBook lending and music streaming too! Want to watch movies and shows not available in the regular streaming? You can buy them or – in some cases – rent them. Your purchases are easily accessed in your library.

Drawbacks: The shows you can purchase by episode aren’t cheap. If you are trying to keep up with the current season of a show, expect to shell out $2-$3 per episode. Once you start doing this with a lot of shows, you reach a cost point where you are better off going back to a regular television provider.

Verdict: Well, there isn’t really a clear winner. It is all about finding the service that works best with your budget, watching habits, and taste. Personally, our household enjoys having both.