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(IT World)   The election's over, so Democrats and Republicans can get back to arguing over important stuff, like Netflix streaming vs. Amazon Prime   (itworld.com) divider line 24
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2012-11-07 09:38:53 AM
What's wrong with both?
 
2012-11-07 09:39:06 AM
I prefer Amazon Prime because of the other benefits (free shipping) that come with it, and because it's not blocked at work.
 
2012-11-07 09:42:14 AM
Just found out that The West Wing is on Amazon. I just might have to look into it.
 
2012-11-07 09:43:58 AM
More smut on Netflix. Amazon does a better job delivering TV episodes. I guess easy access to every episode of DS9 is better than lesbian nuns.
 
2012-11-07 09:45:25 AM
I find this surprising matches me to a T. Might have been ghost writered by Nate Silver
 
2012-11-07 09:54:06 AM

ck1938: More smut on Netflix. Amazon does a better job delivering TV episodes. I guess easy access to every episode of DS9 is better than lesbian nuns.


Not *enough* smut (needs moar "Lake Consequence" style shows) and all episodes of every star trek series, including the original animated series, are available.

/watching Season 3 of voyager so I am only getting kind of a "meh" kick...
 
2012-11-07 10:08:45 AM
"Democrats, on the other hand, prefer the wide variety of PBS programming available on Netflix, from Downton Abbey to Ken Burns."

Both Ken Burns documentaries and Downton Abbey are available on Amazon Prime. Does Netflix come with 2 day shipping?
 
2012-11-07 10:30:21 AM
Isn't the print vs e-books one wrong? Democrats are the self-proclaimed "progressives", so shouldn't they like e-books instead of "old fashioned" Republicans?
 
2012-11-07 10:38:04 AM
all i know is i want all my content digital and across multiple devices seamlessly, i don't really care who provides it
 
2012-11-07 10:51:26 AM

stevetherobot: What's wrong with both?


Pretty much this. Though I will complain about Amazon VOD. I don't like that you don't get a summary of the program/movie on the selection screen and that the focus rectangle is on the left side as opposed to the center as is the case on Netflix.
 
2012-11-07 12:32:50 PM
I'm such a big profit center for Amazon they don't charge me for prime. The charges and fees they took out of me last year totaled over $80k, and that was a bargain compared to not paying that.
 
2012-11-07 12:59:25 PM
Try watching Netflix on Linux and tell me how that works out for 'ya.
 
2012-11-07 02:35:00 PM
Been thinking of picking up a month of Amazon Prime to check it out.

How's their streaming HD?
 
2012-11-07 02:55:40 PM

robohobo: Been thinking of picking up a month of Amazon Prime to check it out.

How's their streaming HD?


Good. I did a compare of Thor and Transformers 3 on Prime and Netflix. Prime was much better. And you can also choose to pay for a new movie. The HD version of the Dark Knight Returns cartoon was very good. Blu Ray is better but Prime picture quality is best for streaming.
 
2012-11-07 03:02:08 PM

ck1938: robohobo: Been thinking of picking up a month of Amazon Prime to check it out.

How's their streaming HD?

Good. I did a compare of Thor and Transformers 3 on Prime and Netflix. Prime was much better. And you can also choose to pay for a new movie. The HD version of the Dark Knight Returns cartoon was very good. Blu Ray is better but Prime picture quality is best for streaming.


Thanks for the info. Amazon doesn't look like it has much in the way of free tv for Prime, not much I'd watch anyhow, but they seem to have a decent amount of movies. I'll have to try streaming through both my computer and the PS3, see which works better.

Related question for anyone, any thoughts on of those mini-micro computers as far as using it for streaming/games? I'd like to get some media-center dedicated, able to run full HD and such.
 
2012-11-07 03:21:00 PM
I think there's one thing we can all agree on: they are both better than sh*tty Hulu Plus where commercials interrupt your show/movie every 6 minutes.
 
2012-11-07 03:23:47 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: ck1938: More smut on Netflix. Amazon does a better job delivering TV episodes. I guess easy access to every episode of DS9 is better than lesbian nuns.

Not *enough* smut (needs moar "Lake Consequence" style shows) and all episodes of every star trek series, including the original animated series, are available.

/watching Season 3 of voyager so I am only getting kind of a "meh" kick...


For some reason Netflix only lets me have visibility to 60% of the episodes of most series. So when I try to catch up on Season 4 most of the key episodes are missing.
 
2012-11-07 03:44:19 PM
I use both. Some stuff is on Netflix. Some stuff is on Amazon. Some stuff is on both. Since I don't pay for cable TV, I get all my (legal) entertainment from streaming services and rentals.

Redbox sucks, by the way. All they seem to stock are the newest crap movies and a bunch of utter trash from The Asylum. More and more I find myself renting from Vudu or Amazon instead of going to Redbox.

And Family Video isn't all that hot, either. Good prices, but their general selection is a lot of recent junk (including the aforementioned shiatty videos from The Asylum), and their Blu-ray Disc selection is skimpy and unimpressive.

Actually, I think The Asylum is the real problem with all video rental and streaming services right now. They're gumming up the libraries with shiat. I have to pick through a bunch of bad ripoff movies and stupid reality TV shows (not The Asylum, but on the same wavelength, intellectually) to find anything worth watching. There should be a filter on all video services that lets me block certain content from showing up in any search.

However, back to the point, being Amazon vs. Netflix... I like Amazon Prime because the shipping and access to the Kindle Lending Library are nice bonuses that you can't get at Netflix. But Netflix has a slightly better selection (right now) and is on EVERY set-top box, portable device, and gaming console. Amazon VOD is only one about half of them at this point.

And one more thing: A big "f♥ck you!" to Microsoft/Xbox 360 for making people pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership in order to use Netflix or any other video service. That's utter bullshiat. No other set top box, portable device, or console makes people pay an additional fee to access Netflix. That was the #1 factor in me dumping my Xbox 360 (after having had several since launch day) and switching totally to the PS3.
 
2012-11-07 05:08:44 PM

ZeroCorpse: I use both. Some stuff is on Netflix. Some stuff is on Amazon. Some stuff is on both. Since I don't pay for cable TV, I get all my (legal) entertainment from streaming services and rentals.

Redbox sucks, by the way. All they seem to stock are the newest crap movies and a bunch of utter trash from The Asylum. More and more I find myself renting from Vudu or Amazon instead of going to Redbox.

And Family Video isn't all that hot, either. Good prices, but their general selection is a lot of recent junk (including the aforementioned shiatty videos from The Asylum), and their Blu-ray Disc selection is skimpy and unimpressive.

Actually, I think The Asylum is the real problem with all video rental and streaming services right now. They're gumming up the libraries with shiat. I have to pick through a bunch of bad ripoff movies and stupid reality TV shows (not The Asylum, but on the same wavelength, intellectually) to find anything worth watching. There should be a filter on all video services that lets me block certain content from showing up in any search.

However, back to the point, being Amazon vs. Netflix... I like Amazon Prime because the shipping and access to the Kindle Lending Library are nice bonuses that you can't get at Netflix. But Netflix has a slightly better selection (right now) and is on EVERY set-top box, portable device, and gaming console. Amazon VOD is only one about half of them at this point.

And one more thing: A big "f♥ck you!" to Microsoft/Xbox 360 for making people pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership in order to use Netflix or any other video service. That's utter bullshiat. No other set top box, portable device, or console makes people pay an additional fee to access Netflix. That was the #1 factor in me dumping my Xbox 360 (after having had several since launch day) and switching totally to the PS3.


You can't even open up a web page on the new IE browser without being a Gold member. That's just wrong.
 
2012-11-07 05:28:49 PM
Amazon needs a better interface on google tv , and iOS support. That is the only thing keeping me with Netflix
 
2012-11-07 06:37:50 PM

wildlifer: Amazon needs a better interface on google tv , and iOS support. That is the only thing keeping me with Netflix


There's an Amazon VOD app for the iPad.
 
2012-11-07 10:39:22 PM

Mad_Radhu: ZeroCorpse: I use both. Some stuff is on Netflix. Some stuff is on Amazon. Some stuff is on both. Since I don't pay for cable TV, I get all my (legal) entertainment from streaming services and rentals.

Redbox sucks, by the way. All they seem to stock are the newest crap movies and a bunch of utter trash from The Asylum. More and more I find myself renting from Vudu or Amazon instead of going to Redbox.

And Family Video isn't all that hot, either. Good prices, but their general selection is a lot of recent junk (including the aforementioned shiatty videos from The Asylum), and their Blu-ray Disc selection is skimpy and unimpressive.

Actually, I think The Asylum is the real problem with all video rental and streaming services right now. They're gumming up the libraries with shiat. I have to pick through a bunch of bad ripoff movies and stupid reality TV shows (not The Asylum, but on the same wavelength, intellectually) to find anything worth watching. There should be a filter on all video services that lets me block certain content from showing up in any search.

However, back to the point, being Amazon vs. Netflix... I like Amazon Prime because the shipping and access to the Kindle Lending Library are nice bonuses that you can't get at Netflix. But Netflix has a slightly better selection (right now) and is on EVERY set-top box, portable device, and gaming console. Amazon VOD is only one about half of them at this point.

And one more thing: A big "f♥ck you!" to Microsoft/Xbox 360 for making people pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership in order to use Netflix or any other video service. That's utter bullshiat. No other set top box, portable device, or console makes people pay an additional fee to access Netflix. That was the #1 factor in me dumping my Xbox 360 (after having had several since launch day) and switching totally to the PS3.

You can't even open up a web page on the new IE browser without being a Gold member. That's just wrong.


I'm really hoping Sony gets its act together with the PS4. Microsoft's petty greed is sickening. Noticed that even Minesweeper in Windows 8 makes you watch ads now, I mean come on...
 
2012-11-07 11:48:50 PM
I'll watch most of the old episodes on Netflix because the interface is far better. I'll catch up on the latest episodes on Amazon.

I searched for an Amazon Android VOD app, did I just miss it?
 
2012-11-10 04:03:25 AM

JustHereForThePics: I'll watch most of the old episodes on Netflix because the interface is far better. I'll catch up on the latest episodes on Amazon.

I searched for an Amazon Android VOD app, did I just miss it?


That's the puzzler. Their Kindle Fire is a lightly modified ICS device, but they still haven't ported their VOD software over to Android yet, despite having had an iOS version for a while now. The only reason I can think of holding it back is to give the Fire HD tablets a leg up on the Nexus tablets, while they consider the iPad to not be a direct competitor because of the much higher price point (the iPad Mini is really a joke compared to the FIre HD because of the terrible screen - DisplayMate basically wrote it off as a piece of crap compared to what is available on cheaper devices).
 
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