With the wide availability of online subscription services (SVOD) that provide users with thousands of opportunities to watch both television shows and movies instantly with just a small monthly subscription and internet access, the need for off-line movie rental of physical discs is rapidly becoming obsolete. These online services offer users the ability to watch video for a nominal fee. However, with three top services available vying for your hard earned dollar, which one should you choose?
Netflix offer their customers the ability to watch TV shows and movies anywhere they like for as little as $7.99USD per month. They offer new subscribers a full first month for free. Their subscription plan is unlimited so users can watch as many streaming videos as they like. Videos will stream instantly over the Internet to a user’s television and other devices such as Xbox 360, PlayStation three, and Wii. Users can even enjoy streaming video from their Apple mobile devices, Android devices, and Windows devices. This includes both phones and tablets.
Enjoying the Netflix service will only require downloading their application to your machine or device and logging into your Netflix account. Their service operates at the monthly subscription that begins at sign-up with the first month being free. Netflix claims it’s possible to cancel subscription at any time and most Netflix users will agree they had no trouble canceling their subscription. Netflix is said to have more than 30 million customers all around the world. In fact, Netflix is the number one online subscription service for watching movies and television over the Internet. Using the Netflix service is extremely simple. A user just the searches for what they would like to watch on their device or machine and video will begin to stream. With the ease of use and affordability, it’s no wonder Netflix is the number one streaming video subscription service on the Internet.
Amazon Prime is another excellent subscription service. They offer their subscribers video streaming of thousands of movies and television shows with no limitations. Subscribers also receive Kindle books they can borrow from the Kindle owner’s lending library. Borrowing period will last for one month. In addition to these services, Amazon subscribers can also enjoy free two day shipping on many items purchased from Amazon.com. Amazon Prime offers subscribers a one-month free trial. Once the free trial is complete, subscription will cost $79 per year. This is a little cheaper than the Netflix subscription. However, users of Amazon prime a must pay for services a year in advance where Netflix allows users to pay by the month. This alone could make all the difference in the world.
Amazon Prime offers its users more than 2000 television programs they can watch without limits. Streaming each episode would cost other users a $1.99 to $2.99 per episode. Although that fee is very affordable, signing up for the Amazon prime subscription service can lead to a large amount of savings for those who would tend to watch a lot of videos through Amazon. Additional savings can be found through the Amazon prime subscription by taking note of the streaming movies they have available. Amazon prime offers their users more than 13,000 movies that can be watched without limits. These movies can be rented by other customers for anywhere from $1.99 to $9.99. However, there are many movies selections they cannot be viewed unless you are an Amazon prime customer.
Hulu Plus is included as yet another top video streaming services online. Much like Netflix, Hulu Plus can be streamed from popular mobile devices as well. This is the biggest difference between these three services. Netflix and Hulu Plus can be accessed through many more devices and machines than Amazon prime. Hulu Plus offers their subscribers a one week free trial and the service will cost $7.99 per month thereafter. We found no difference between the amount of streaming television shows and movies available. However, the biggest noticeable difference between these three services lies in the advertising. Hulu Plus has light advertising even in their paid subscription service. This is not much of a damper on the thousands of video they have available. Hulu Plus will also provide users with unlimited access to streaming video.
We were very pleased with all three services we reviewed. The differences are very minor but may be enough for users to decide which service is best for them. All services are very affordable at less than $10 per month for unlimited video streaming access. Users will have no difficulty finding their favorite television shows or movies to watch. Amazon prime services are a little bit cheaper although monthly subscription is not an option; users will have to pay a year in advance. Amazon prime also offers their users ability to borrow books. This is one service that Netflix and Hulu Plus do not offer. However, Netflix and Hulu Plus are available on many more devices including gaming consoles. Choosing which service is right for you may simply depend on the machine you wish to watch streaming video.