Amazon Instant vs Netflix Instant

I was wondering how Amazon’s instant movie library compared to Netflix so as a test case I decided to revisit my earlier post listing the most romantic movies on Netflix.

In that post I had  noted how the Netflix instant list was small and getting smaller.  Only about 17 of the movies in that 100 list were available to stream. So I was really surprised to see that Amazon instant actually had most of them.

Cassablanca ? YES

Gone with the Wind ? YES

Moonstruck ? YES

All titles that Netflix doesn’t stream.

Keep in mind these are  $2.99 for a one time rental sure, but at least they had them. If you rent less than 2 per month that makes Amazon a better deal then adding the Netflix DVD by mail plan at $7.99. And if you’re like me you watch what’s available and only have the occasional need for a specific title.

In reality I was looking for the movie Boiler Room on Netflix when I realized Amazon had it and Netflix didn’t.

My conclusion? I’ll keep the Netflix instant plan in place and use Amazon for the occasional specific title I want.

I realize there are many variations of this plan. Let me know if you think you have a better one in the comments below.

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2 Responses to Amazon Instant vs Netflix Instant

  1. Len Mullen says:

    I look forward to switching from Netflix to Prime and I feel that Amazon is working hard to help me decide to switch. I won’t pay for both, though, and, right now, Netflix has more my family wants to watch.

    • Greg says:

      You can try Prime out for free for 30 days. Just make sure to mark your calendar to TURN IT OFF before they charge you. I did that, installed the channel on the Roku and ironically never used it during the trial period.

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