Amazon Prime Video is finally here. As the average broadband speed in India grows, and with the entry of free services from Reliance Jio, video streaming is becoming the norm for many users. The entry of Amazon Prime Video promises to change the game, and it means a new rival for Netflix. We compare the content and services of the two video streaming services, so you can choose which one to pick.
For context, Netflix was launched in India in January 2016, while Amazon Prime Video was launched on December 14. The Amazon Prime Video is bundled with the Amazon Prime service in India. Both services will give you 30 days of free trial, after which you will be charged on a monthly/annual basis for online streaming. Both video services are available on Android and iOS mobile apps, which can be additionally streamed on other devices like laptops, smart TVs, gaming consoles and desktops.
Netflix in India comes with three different subscription plans – Basic, Standard and Premium. The Basic subscription plan starts at Rs 500 and comes with no support for HD or Ultra HD video streaming. It will let you watch unlimited movies and TV shows of your choice, but limits simultaneous screens to just one.
The Standard subscription is chargeable at Rs 650 a month, which in addition to the Basic plan gives you HD viewing and the ability to watch on two screens. So the plan allows you to share your subscription with one family member or friend who can stream on Netflix simultaneously without paying extra.
Netflix Premium account will set you back Rs 800 per month and will give you access to Ultra HD content, and allow up to three other family members and friends to stream content at the same time, which is a total of four screens simultaneously.
On the other hand Amazon Prime Video subscription has a flat out fee of Rs 499 per annum, and is part of the Amazon Prime membership for the e-commerce giant in India. This comes up to around Rs 42 a month. The Amazon Prime membership rates are expected to go up to Rs 999 annually, which will come down to Rs 83 a month – still a fraction of what you pay for Netflix.
You need to remember that with Amazon Prime subscription, you also get guaranteed free one-day, two-day and standard shipping, while also giving you 30-minute early access to lightning deals on Amazon India website. You and your family members can watch Prime Video on three different screens simultaneously with a single membership.
Best bit is Amazon Prime Video content is available in HD and Ultra HD to all Prime users using the service.
So if you’re looking for a more budget friendly service for the entire family, then Amazon Prime Video turns out cheaper. Also Amazon is accepting cash on delivery, debit card, etc for signing up for the service. In India, not every debit card or credit card is getting accepted by Netflix, which is an issue.
Netflix charges a premium amount for its subscription, and it does that because it offers some truly great content for its users. Some of the top TV shows that people are watching these days include Narcos, Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, Black Mirror, Stranger Things, and The Crown – all Netflix originals. New releases on the app include latest seasons of Better Call Saul, Blacklist, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Spotless and more.
Netflix original shows like House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black and Narcos have not only gained global acclaim, but have done well with the Indian audience too.
The entire TV show collection on Netflix is richly divided into many sub-categories like New Series, Anime, Asian TV shows, British TV shows, Crime TV shows, Indian TV, Kids TV, Romantic TV shows, Science & Nature TV, Action and Adventure, TV Drama, TV Horror, TV Sci-Fi and more.
You can find almost all of your favourite TV shows neatly stacked in the the Netflix app. The app goes far enough to have a section called ‘Binge-Worth’ TV shows that it believes will have you hooked.
Netflix has even wrapped up comedians like Jimmy Carr, Chris Tucker and Russell Peters for hour long standup shows. In addition to movies and TV shows, Netflix also features documentaries like Making a Murderer, Captive, Roman Empire, Conspiracies, etc.
It is in the regional movies and TV show list that Netflix starts to disappoint a little. The new releases list of movies include MCREAM, Talvar, Uturn, BA Pass, Dhanak, Raman Raghav 2.0 among others. A lot of good Bollywood titles of 2016 are nowhere to be found.
Amazon Prime Video also has its own original content which has received critical acclaim like Transparent – with a 91/100 rating on Metacritic along with shows like The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle, Bosch, Red Oaks and others.
Amazon’s TV show ‘Mozart in the Jungle’, chronicling the scandalous lives of classical musicians won the Golden Globes awards in 2016 for best Best Television Series in Musical or Comedy category.
Amazon’s latest TV show, The Grand Tour features the three top British car show commentators Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May of Top Gear fame. Each episode of The Grand Tour reportedly costs $250 million to make.
Other TV shows featuring in the app include classics like Seinfeld, and popular shows like 2 Broke Girls, Smallville, NCIS, Supernatural, Anger Management, Two and a Half Men, amongst others.
Latest Hindi movies on the Amazon app include Kabali, Sarabjit, Fan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Dil Dhadakne Do, Shaandaar, Talaash and more. For now, Amazon Prime Video has the edge in regional content in India, which might appeal to a lot more people.
So which one to get?
Honestly if you hate live TV and don’t care for the shows that Indian television industry has to offer, there are some seriously good options offered by Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
If budget is an issue, then of course Amazon Prime Video has the edge for now. But if you can afford both and love to watch riveting television, then it makes sense to have these services. After all this is the future of television.
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