Indecision 2011: Netflix v. Amazon Instant Video

And you thought the Dems vs. GOP debate was bad....

Ah the great debate: Netflix v. Amazon Instant Video. Now, with all the crap Netflix has been getting (some of it VERY well deserved), you may think I will automatically side with Amazon Instant Video. Wrong. Each service has its pros and cons, so I think I’ll let you decide this one…

Netflix Pros: It has a much larger selection than Amazon Instant Video, it is very easy to use, Instant Queue>Amazon’s Wishlist

Netflix Cons: More expensive than Amazon Prime at $7.99/month or $95.88/year, I have had some streaming issues, the site has crashed on occasion, and you can’t buy/rent a new movie directly from the site.

Amazon Instant Video Pros: With a student-discount Amazon Prime account video streaming and free shipping is only $39/year (FYI: You can sign up for a free student Prime account that just includes free 2-day shipping for one year), it has many of the same titles as Netflix, you can rent newer titles online instantly

Amazon Instant Video Cons: It USED to be included in the free student Prime account (I’m not bitter I promise…), I can’t stand the look of it and find it difficult to use, the suggested movies/shows section just doesn’t make the cut compared to Netflix’s.

I personally prefer Netflix because of their selection (oh hi Twin Peaks) and user-friendly system, but if you just want an instant video service for occasional use, I’d go with Amazon Instant.


5 comments on “Indecision 2011: Netflix v. Amazon Instant Video

  1. Nick says:

    If you have the new Amazon Kindle Fire color tablet, go with Amazon Instant Video.

  2. Do you have the Fire? I’ve been starting to create my Christmas list and I was thinking of adding a Kindle to it but wasn’t sure which one would be best.

    • Nick says:

      If you do a lot of you purchases on Amazon, I definitely recommend the Kindle. If you’re just looking for an e-reader, then stick with the traditional Kindles, like the new Touch or the cheaper older versions which are still excellent. If you want color and multimedia, then go with the Fire, still cheaper than more loaded tablets like the iPad (although it’s just a glorified color touchscreen e-reader and video player)

  3. The Mad Blogger led the anti-Netflix revolution and was instrumental in showing them the light, and helping them to see the folly of their ways. All policies are reversed.

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