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 Posted:   Sep 26, 2011 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Today's note on the Amazon home page (http://t.co/3qTZXKzi) indicates they've got even more streaming content, esp. olf TV shows.

I'm considering joining either Amazon Prime or Netflix to start getting streaming content.

Do you folks have one of these services? Opinions?

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2011 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I quite enjoy Netflix streaming even after the recent split. There are a good number of titles on there and now that they split with starz titles are not going to be available to stream for a month then disappear.

If you really care about watching new release movies, probably neither service is for you. Occasionally netflix will put up a newer movie but most of the time its going to be something that was a small release or a foreign film.

However, Netflix, and now it sounds like Amazon as well, has a fairly large selection of older TV series and anime as well as a good amount of older films available. Plus if you have a PS3/360/Wii you can stream directly to your TV.

I think both of them have 1 month free trials so it can't hurt to try each one for a month and see how you like it. Of course the additional benefit of Amazon prime is the free 2 day shipping so if you order a lot of modern scores that are available on amazon or buy other things from them frequently, it will pay for itself in faster shipping if that matters to you.

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2011 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I've been an Amazon Prime member for years because I love the free two-day shipment policy and the fact I've been able to rack up discount points as well for purchases. But last night was the first time I ever used my membership to watch a streaming video for nothing, and I have to admit it's a great way to preview stuff from things not released on DVD yet. They have the final season of "Hawaii Five-O" already up and finally I could see the much-derided final episode "Woe To Wo Fat" for the first time. I never tried Netflix, but this service I think is nice and convenient on all levels.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Has anyone tried Amazon Prime for streaming lately? If so, what do you think? I know they have been adding a lot of content, but most of that content seems to also be available on Netflix. I just started the one month trial period. I have been streaming it on the Wii, and the interface is pretty clunky and everything seems to be slower on amazon than it does when I stream Netflix through the Wii. Based on my use so far, I am leaning towards sticking with Netflix, but I want to give Amazon a fair chance. What am I missing?

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

I have them. My thoughts are that you join Prime for the free two day shipping all year long, and the streaming is a bonus.

Netflix has more content overall, and they have original programming now. Stream quality is pretty much the same on both, but the Netflix interface is far superior to Amazon on my set-up. You can easily search, browse, look by category, and browse through the recommendations that they list for you. If you have Netflix, or especially Netflix and a Tivo you might never leave your house again. It is a recipe for coach-potato delight, there is a never a lack of something to watch.

Do make sure you have an excellent ISP with fast downloads. I have road runner and I can stream an entire movie in about 10 seconds.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

My thoughts are that you join Prime for the free two day shipping all year long, and the streaming is a bonus.


Not that anyone asked, but this is exactly what I did. Still a member. Still haven't joined Netflix.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

My thoughts are that you join Prime for the free two day shipping all year long, and the streaming is a bonus.


Not that anyone asked, but this is exactly what I did. Still a member. Still haven't joined Netflix.


Yup, that is a good deal Neil, for the $79 bucks it is worth the shipping deal alone. Although I do recommend the $9 something a month for Netflix, at least you guys might want to try it in the summer if you have time.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 7:34 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Alright so I am comparing services too. The basics I can gather so far.

Netflix:Approx 8 dollars a month for unlimited streaming. Though Netflix seems to be at least a year behind on television episodes. In other words what is airing today may take up to 12 months or more before it's available.

Amazon Prime: Approx 80 dollars a year for unlimited streaming. They have currently aired content, however you actually have to pay extra for new content. $2.99 per episode!!! (Is this correct?)

iTunes: Mostly pay per season or episode and some streaming. Great if you like to cherry pick favorite episodes of a particular series. (Which I do) Also it's the only service where you can keep a physical copy of your purchase. Thus if for some reason Apple loses a license you can still watch the programs you purchased.

Not too impressed with the video quality via streaming Netflix or iTunes content via Apple TV. Netflix picture quality is pixelated and iTunes streaming just stops randomly while playing. Though that could be my wireless set up. If your a sports fan and drop cable your pretty much out of luck. Though Apple TV has season passes for MLB and Hockey.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I'd say it is your wireless setup. It may also be the time when you are trying to access it. I have largely been satisfied by the quality of Netflix streaming but it depends on a number of different things.

I don't think you are going to find any service out there that is going to let you stream new shows as they air. I don't think the studios are ready for that. They can barely stand to let you stream stuff through the web site even though the quality isn't that great.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 10:04 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Thanks for the feedback. I signed up for my free trial with Netflix and played a current film. It actually streamed very well. No glitches what so ever. Only a few scenes seemed pixelated. But as you suggested I might do better going the Ethernet cable route over wireless, which is doable.

It seems the most playback issues I am having is with Apples own iTunes videos. Weird as the primary function of Apple TV is playing iTunes purchases. But that's another story as I don't need ATV for streaming Netflix.

If you get right down to it there appears to be no perfect service. There's a lot I would like to watch on Netflix (Doctor Who, Primeval, Torchwood) but there's a lot not available as well. (How the Earth Works, Wonders Of Life,Wonders of the Universe)

I see Netflix more as a companion with cable and ATV than a replacement. Which undermines cutting expenses.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2013 - 2:02 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

SirusJr: Re: "I don't think you are going to find any service out there that is going to let you stream new shows as they air. I don't think the studios are ready for that. They can barely stand to let you stream stuff through the web site even though the quality isn't that great.

On my AT&T U-verse I'm able to stream much network programming just days after it is broadcast. For example, I forgot to record an episode of "Revolution" on the DVR, so got the free HD on demand less than a week later, in time to watch it before the next episode. Saw just the last minutes of a new episode of "Law & Order: SVU" and did the same. And saw an episode of "Haven" and was able to go back and watch 5 or 6 earlier ones. And while I've had both Netflix-by-mail AND their streaming forever, I've long been tempted to drop the streaming, since I often go weeks without streaming a single program. Netflix's streaming can be awfully limited.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2013 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Both services are worthwhile for us; we find they complement one another pretty well.

Netflix:Approx 8 dollars a month for unlimited streaming. Though Netflix seems to be at least a year behind on television episodes. In other words what is airing today may take up to 12 months or more before it's available.

While obviously streaming is totally different from DVDs, stuff tends to get added to Netflix as though it were on DVD... meaning that a season's worth of a currently-running TV show tends to appear there shortly after the season is over (as opposed to something like Hulu or iTunes, which can get a new episode as soon as it's shown), but once that season is done the whole thing does suddenly appear there all at once. I wonder whether it has something to do with the fact Netflix started out with DVD rentals, and is perhaps still set up that way. It's not quite the same, though, in that there are at least a few TV shows there that lack certain specific individual episodes.

Which is not to say it's not a great service all the same. We do love Netflix in our house.

Amazon Prime: Approx 80 dollars a year for unlimited streaming. They have currently aired content, however you actually have to pay extra for new content. $2.99 per episode!!! (Is this correct?)

It depends on the show. Some stuff on Amazon is free for Prime members, while other stuff isn't, and can be either rented or bought for its own fee. If something is rented or bought, of course, it doesn't require a Prime membership; you can get just that and nothing else.

As noted, of course, Prime is arguably worthwhile for reasons having nothing to do with streaming anyway. With it plus the other benefits, I'd say it's a very good deal.

iTunes: Mostly pay per season or episode and some streaming. Great if you like to cherry pick favorite episodes of a particular series. (Which I do) Also it's the only service where you can keep a physical copy of your purchase. Thus if for some reason Apple loses a license you can still watch the programs you purchased.

Not too impressed with the video quality via streaming Netflix or iTunes content via Apple TV. Netflix picture quality is pixelated and iTunes streaming just stops randomly while playing. Though that could be my wireless set up.


I'd guess it's your wireless set up, or something else. We don't have any problems with pixelation on Netflix.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2013 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I'm going to buy a cable and try a direct hookup to my router. (Other wise I have to buy a $35 dollar wireless adapter for my television) My cable company confirmed the router strength is very good. I think the Apple TV box is weakening the signal.

In my case I think Netflix might be great for catching up on old shows and movies. Maybe keep it for 6 months. When I am done watching the content I missed out on drop the service for 12 months then sign up again for the newer stuff.

It's certainly a much better deal than pay per view.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2013 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

Not too impressed with the video quality via streaming Netflix or iTunes content via Apple TV. Netflix picture quality is pixelated

It does sound like a connection problem, because my picture is crystal clear - but if you go into settings on the Netflix website, you can change the quality of your streaming picture to a higher quality, all the way up to HD - if your set-up can handle it.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2013 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Thanks I will look into my settings.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2013 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: "Not too impressed with the video quality via streaming Netflix or iTunes content via Apple TV. Netflix picture quality is pixelated"

Never had that problem in the 3 or 4 years I've had Netflix streaming. In fact, I used to watch a couple of movies unavailable on DVD ("The Promise" and "The Tamarind Seed") and was tempted to not even buy them when they were finally release on DVD. In the case of "The Promise," Netflix's picture was widescreen and very clear; whereas the DVD looked like it came from a poor VHS source with elements on both sides cut off -- Stephen Collins knocks over bowling pins at the carnival but we can't see them. Frankly, the DVD was so bad I sent it back to Amazon, preferring the Netflix streaming! (I DON'T work for Netflix!) But they finally released the other one, "The Tamarind Seed," on DVD, and, unlike "The Promise," had no problems. Again, I've experienced no problems with Netflix streaming.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2014 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Amazon is thinking of raising it's rates for Prime by $20 to $40 dollars a month! (Edit: Annually not monthly)

I never tried Prime. The two day shipping is only good on full priced retail items (I only buy used bargain CD's and videos) and I heard their streaming service is pretty bad. Plus you have to pay extra for current programs. If it goes up I might sign up just to give it a try and maybe get grandfathered into the current price plan. (if they do that)

Netflix is talking about raising rates and creating a tear system. But I believe existing Netflix customers will be grandfathered with the current price structure.

Edit: My Netflix streaming problem resolved itself. The quality of the stream has been very good for a month and a half.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2014 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Amazon is thinking of raising it's rates for Prime by $20 to $40 dollars a month!


But isn't it a yearly fee? I just renewed Prime for the year on Jan 12th for $79.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2014 - 11:58 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Amazon is thinking of raising it's rates for Prime by $20 to $40 dollars a month!


But isn't it a yearly fee? I just renewed Prime for the year on Jan 12th for $79.

Greg Espinoza


Sorry, I meant to say up $20 to $40 dollars a year.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2014 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Seems like now is a perfect time to join, before the rates go up.

http://amzn.to/1aNSXDm

That being said, I've been enjoying Netflix now that I finally bit the bullet and signed up. But Amazon Prime also has its place (it's got more Doctor Who) and I love the 2 day shipping.

 
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