Feb 04, 2013

Amazon Instant Video or Netflix on the Wii U?

We got a Wii U recently, and I'm trying to pick a streaming video service for it. I used to have Netflix, but canceled my subscription back when they nearly doubled prices for streaming and a single DVD at a time by mail. Now I'm starting to feel old when people start discussing shows like Breaking Bad and Walking Dead and I'm left with nothing to add since I haven't seen an episode in months. As a result, I think it is time to go all Donald Trump and spend $10 or so a month to be able to offer relevant comments in conversations about pop culture. Anyway, are Netflix and Amazon Instant Video pretty comparable, or does one have an advantage over the other? Thanks!

I use Netflix, but Amazon is good too. Can you use Amazon Prime's shipping? Then I'd go with them. If not, try Netflix again.

Don't forget, there is one advantage that is unique to Amazon Prime - it means free 2-day shipping on your orders from Amazon. This can essentially make Amazon Prime pay for itself over a year if you do a lot of your shopping through Amazon. If you are a Downton Abbey fan, Amazon has the edge there as well, since they will be the only source for streaming seasons 2 and 3. 


They are similar but different. The cost is pretty close, although you have to pay $79 for a year's membership in Amazon Prime in a single payment vs $7.99 a month for Netflix. Netflix has a generally wider selection of movies and shows, but there is a lot of overlap between them and Amazon. Amazon has the edge in the newest stuff, but you have to pay an additional charge for either a 24 hour rental or a purchase for much of it, since new releases generally aren't included with Amazon Prime membership. For what it's worth, I was curious about what other people thought, and both articles I looked at comparing Netflix and Amazon (here and here) preferred Netflix overall. I have both, and I prefer Netflix as well. I would guess my use of the two services is 80% Netflix, 20% Amazon.   

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