Comparing Netflix and Amazon Prime: One of them boasts more Rajinikanth, Salman
Amazon announced that it would make available its video streaming service Amazon Prime to Indian audiences starting Wednesday in a bid to challenge rivals Netflix and Hotstar. We investigate which service offers better Indian entertainment.Updated: Feb 24, 2017 11:15 IST
Amazon announced that it would make available its video streaming service Amazon Prime to Indian audiences starting Wednesday in a bid to challenge rivals Netflix and Hotstar.
Online streaming - especially legal online streaming - is still a rather novel concept in our country. But bingeing TV shows is not. The only measure of Prime’s success is the quality of programming it will offer.
We will compare both services on the basis of their original content soon, but for now, let’s compare them based on the variety of Indian movies and TV they offer.
First, compare the home pages:
As things stand, Prime certainly has a more populist approach, while Netflix’s Indian library is slightly more dated and more niche. There’s also word that Prime will be censoring its content, unlike Netflix, which is going to be a deal breaker for many.
In terms of navigation and interface, Prime’s library has more regional sections whereas Netflix’s library often doesn’t yield results if one searches with keywords. For example, we tried searching for Tamil movies, and got zero hits.
Amazon’s rating system includes IMDb ratings, while Netflix relies completely on user ratings for movies and shows. But this is probably because Amazon owns IMDb. However, we would have liked a social media feature on both sites.
It’ll be interesting to see how they alter their libraries now that the competition is heating up.
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First Published: Dec 15, 2016 11:53 IST