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Started by Verdigris on Jun 25, 2017 5:55:57 PM
Amazon Prime or Netflix?

Similar prices but which has the best selection of material likely to be of interest to a JtTer? Any hidden catches?

CaptainBlack - 25 Jun 2017 18:12:26 (#1 of 235)

I agreed to an AP free trial. Think it's shite. Netflix all day.

Ginmonkey - 25 Jun 2017 18:15:17 (#2 of 235)

We have Netflix. Signed up for a free trial and stayed. There is a good mix of programmes and an increasing amount of new ones made by them that are in the main decent. It is also much more user friendly than some interfaces (All4 I am looking at you!)

Dayraven - 25 Jun 2017 18:17:28 (#3 of 235)

Catalogue views for both:

I'd say Netflix has a stronger set of its own shows, Amazon maybe has better buy-ins. The far larger size of Amazon's catalogue is misleading, it goes deeper into absolute floor sweepings than Netflix.

Tadagee - 25 Jun 2017 18:19:38 (#4 of 235)

With AP you get a the free next day delivery too.

Electro2 - 25 Jun 2017 18:23:34 (#5 of 235)

Amazon has announced it will offer live television channels via its Prime Video service...for an extra fee.

Natascha - 25 Jun 2017 18:27:50 (#6 of 235)

If I had to have one or the other, it would be Netflix.

I have both. Don't ask, but television is one of my loves and this is what I do; I don't go on expensive overseas holidays, I don't spend huge amounts of money on anything other than my cats. I know nobody cares, but I do feel very guilty for the pleasure of subscribing to three TV streaming services (I can throw NOW TV into the mix, as well).

If I *had* to drop one, it would be Amazon Prime. It has the occasional gem, and an excellent catalog of old series; I saw Geeks and Freaks through Amazon Prime rather than Netflix (where you can also find it, now, but couldn't at the time I was hunting it down).

Some of the gems on Amazon Prime that you can't find elsewhere include Preacher (second series dropping soon) and an excellent SF thing that really hasn't had the reception it deserves - Expanse. It also throws up random pilots, and I enjoyed The Grand Tour (although I wouldn't have joined on the strength of it). However, these are all available to buy on DVD, and if you MUST see something that is only on Amazon Prime, you can usually also download / buy it on a ppv basis.

It's harder to decide which should go out of Netflix and Now TV - although if you subscribed to Sky, you'd get much of what is good on Now TV. Netflix has the Marvel Hell's Kitchen / Defenders series, though, and there is some really interesting, cutting edge stuff going on in various series such as the AO (which is less interesting for what it is and more interesting for the fact that it has eschewed the concept of equal-length episodes). It's on Netflix that television-for-streaming rather than television-for-a-weekly-slot-on TV is being developed; where what we used to deem 'television' is being developed more and more as the idea of a series of comics or chapters in a book. So if I had to choose one, I think it would be Netflix only; you also get the films on Netflix that you have to pay extra for on Now TV.

Ginmonkey - 25 Jun 2017 18:32:39 (#7 of 235)

Meh no need to feel guilty, your money so spend it how you like.

Natascha - 25 Jun 2017 18:33:04 (#8 of 235)

(Now TV has the HBO series e.g. Girls, Veep, Silicon Valley and GoT; Netflix has Kimmy Schmidt, Riverdale, Designated Survivor, all the Marvels, Master of Nothing .. )

Natascha - 25 Jun 2017 18:36:48 (#9 of 235)

I do, though. I can't justify it other than as an extravagance, and then I think about people who can't afford anything and don't have basic things such as a secure home, access to clean water and food. This is, of course, a humble- brag.

Ginmonkey - 25 Jun 2017 18:46:43 (#10 of 235)

Yeah but you not spending £7 a month on Netflix isn't going to change that.

darkhorse - 25 Jun 2017 18:49:25 (#11 of 235)

We have Netflix, but don't get our money's worth, because of the lack of spare time to watch stuff.

Sometimes I make the kids watch "My Little Pony" to get our money's worth (and even that you can get on Tiny Pop on freeview).

thePiMan - 25 Jun 2017 18:49:37 (#12 of 235)

I have Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, top line Virgin TV package, Kodi for stuff not on them and an IPTV subscription for the live footie that isn't on the official channels. I can never have enough paid TV

AppleCatcher - 25 Jun 2017 18:56:26 (#13 of 235)

NowTV is easily cancellable isn't it. I'll get it when they release the new series of GoT.

AppleCatcher - 25 Jun 2017 18:56:53 (#14 of 235)

We too have amazon and Netflix and I don't even like tv all that much.

thatshallot - 25 Jun 2017 18:57:18 (#15 of 235)

I've read a few freebie books via Amazon Prime using the Kindle app. Handy for the commute.

Natascha - 25 Jun 2017 19:04:26 (#16 of 235)

Yeah, you do get other stuff with Amazon Prime - it's nice to be able to order Feliway in the evening and be pretty sure of getting it the next day.

Natascha - 25 Jun 2017 19:04:54 (#17 of 235)

But then I feel guilty about ordering stuff from Amazon, because of the shitty conditions their workers have.

TableTopJoe - 25 Jun 2017 20:20:47 (#18 of 235)

If you attempt to watch Amazon Prime Video on a MacBook it will become hotter than the sun.

AlanII - 25 Jun 2017 20:59:12 (#19 of 235)

Netflix. AP was interesting to me only for the HBO content which, isn't available outside North America.

rgtstoppedcounting - 25 Jun 2017 22:11:40 (#20 of 235)

an excellent SF thing that really hasn't had the reception it deserves - Expanse.

You sure that's on Prime?

Saw the 1st series on Scifi, didn't think 2nd had UK distribution yet...?

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