Amazon vs. Netflix – Netflix Wins

Mar 7, 2009 by

12-23-08-roku_netflix_4 I have been a subscriber to Netflix for several years now. For $8.99 a month I receive 1 movie at a time with the number of movies I can watch in a month only limited by the time it takes to order, watch, return and receive the next movie. A conservative estimate is that I watch about 2 movies a week for a total of 8 movies a month. Doing the math you can see that works out to a little over $1.00 per movie. I have yet to find a better deal than that anywhere.

Now that I have a Roku digital video player, I can stream movies from Netflix directly to my HDTV. For no additional fee I can choose from a library of over 12,000 movies and TV shows. If I had nothing better to do I could stream several movies every day in addition to watching the DVD’s that I receive by mail. The on demand movies do not count towards my monthly limit of only 1 movie at a time.

Now Roku has upgraded my player so that I can now stream movies or buy them directly from Amazon Video on Demand. Amazon offers about 10,000 movies and TV shows for streaming or to buy.  The one nice thing about Amazon is that you can select directly from the Roku menu while you have to first select Netflix movies from their web site before they are viewable from the Roku menu. But that nice feature is overshadowed by the cost of streaming videos from Amazon.

Unlike Netflix, where the streaming videos are available for no additional cost, Amazon charges from $3.99 to $0.99 for every movie or TV show you want to watch. If I streamed 8 movies a month from Amazon at an average price of $2.99 each it would cost me $23.92. That is much more than the $8.99 a month that I pay for my Netflix service. When you consider that I can also stream as many movies as I want per month from Netflix for no additional cost, you can see that Netflix is a much better deal than Amazon. The only advantage that Amazon may have is that they have more premium choices available for streaming than Netflix. But I can always watch the premium movies from Netflix on DVD.

I don’t see how Amazon can hope to compete against Netflix, especially for Netflix members like me that have the Roku player. Amazon will have to substantially reduce the costs for streaming their movies if they hope to get any of my money. Netflix and Roku are a winning combination that are unbeatable by anything else available. If you know of anything that offers what Netflix and Roku offer, please leave a comment as I would be very interested in it.

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