Netflix Vs Amazon Prime - Which would you ditch?

Netflix Vs Amazon Prime – Which would you ditch?

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I don’t know about you but every now and then I like to review the monthly subscriptions I have going out of my bank account. I find it helps me to check if there are any areas where I can make savings. It’s amazing how easy it is to sign up for a free trial of a service with the intention of cancelling it within the trial period, only to end up keeping it for months longer than you intended too. This happened to me recently with Netflix and Amazon Prime.

My Amazon Prime Vs Netflix Dilemma

For quite a few years I’d been a loyal Amazon Prime* user. About a year ago, though, I decided that I could live without it and cancelled it. However, recently I started it up again while the kids were on their summer holidays, as I thought they’d probably want a few extra films to watch. Prime were also showing the US Open tennis and I quite fancied watching a bit of that too. 

Around the same time I also decided to do a trial of Netflix. I’d never used Netflix before but I heard about a few shows that were coming to (and already on) the service and these lured me into giving it a go. 

A few months went by and if I’m being honest, I didn’t really like paying for both of these services. I’d gotten used to living without either of them, now I suddenly found myself paying for them both! Sure, at £7.99 a month for Amazon Prime and £8.99 for Netflix (without 4k content) they aren’t exactly going to break the bank but still, I don’t like wasting money. I really didn’t think I needed both. This gave me a bit of a dilemma, though. Should I cancel Netflix or Amazon Prime? Here are a few factors I took into account.

The Price

The first and most obvious thing to look at is probably the cost. 

Netflix cheapest package is £5.99 per month to watch the service on just one screen. This package doesn’t include HD content, never mind 4K. This just makes it not worth bothering with as far as I’m concerned. Realistically, the cheapest Netflix package that I would go for would be the one priced at £8.99 a month. This one doesn’t include 4K content – which isn’t ideal given that I have a 4K TV – but it does at least have HD. 

Amazon Prime, however, comes in at £7.99 if you pay monthly. If you are willing to pay annually then it’s possible to bring the cost down further. I’ve even seen the price as low as £59 for the year if you can sign up on Amazon Prime Day or some similar event. This price includes some 4K content at no extra cost too. 

Clearly, Amazon Prime wins out if you are looking at it purely from a price point of view. This would mean it makes sense to cancel Netflix.

The Content

The next up on the list of priorities when it comes to choosing which service to keep will likely be the content. 

This one was a little more difficult, especially when you have a family of 4 who all like different shows. I’m not going to list all of the different shows on each platform here as they are always changing. What I would say is that both do provide great content for the price you pay. 

If I had to pick one to keep then for me it would again be Amazon Prime. This is simply because they have a great selection of movies and TV series to choose from. There’s plenty of 4K content available with Prime and they have also started to show more live sports content recently, which is great for sports lovers like me. They’re even showing some Premier League matches in December this year. 

The Extra Benefits

By now you can probably already tell that I decided to keep Amazon Prime over Netflix. The thing that really sealed the deal for me were the extra benefits that you get with Prime.

First up, there’s the free one day delivery service – or even same day if you live in an area where this is in operation.

Recently, I’ve also found myself using the other benefits of Prime more and more. I have an Amazon Echo in the house and having Prime Music has meant that I don’t have to fork out for a service like Spotify. If you do want more in this area than the 2 million songs available on Prime Music, then Prime members also get a discount on Amazon Music Unlimited. 

Then there is Prime Reading. My wife loves to read but doesn’t have time to do it all that much. She personally finds that there is usually a good book which she can pick up on Prime Reading for free, saving her having to buy one. On top of this, they also now offer free magazines in digital form.

Another great benefit I use is the free cloud storage for all of your photos via the Amazon Photos app. This gives you unlimited photo storage as well as 5GB of video storage if you have Prime. Personally, I feel it would be the icing on the cake if they offered unlimited free video storage as a part of Prime too, but I understand it’s all about money. If this were included then I don’t think I’d ever cancel Amazon Prime again.

It’s Amazon Prime All the Way for Me

If you are trying to decide whether to keep Amazon Prime or Netflix, then my personal opinion is that Prime offers the better value for money. Of course, they don’t offer the same content, so this might lead you to a different conclusion. For me, though, I’d keep Amazon Prime over Netflix any day of the week.

Which would you ditch? Amazon Prime or Netflix?

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