A short time ago, a subscription streaming service was a radical idea, one which many thought had no chance of competing with good old TV. How things have changed. We’re almost spoilt for choice with what streaming service to subscribe to, with choosing one meaning we’re missing out on some great original programming from another platform. Deciding which platform provides the best service is not easy and obviously depends on the person. Comparing the three powerhouses of Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Go involves more than just the selection of films and tv shows but also price, quality and additional features. In this article, we break down each of the streaming services to help you decide which one is best for you.
In terms of pure content, Netflix are pretty hard to beat. Not only do they have a ton of licensed content from other networks such as The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Dexter, but their original content is quite simply exceptional. Netflix have invested billions to establish a catalogue of their own programming with some critically acclaimed titles amongst them. Stranger Things, Arrested Development and House of Cards are all Netflix originals which have helped to build a streaming service which is innovative and always has the next big hit lurking around the corner. With Netflix currently billions in the red, the only worry is that they may not be able to keep up with their current pace of creating content.
Amazon is the king of online shops. Their delivery service is second to none and are even introducing the possibility of drone delivery on certain products. But how does Amazon Prime compare to other platforms? Well, in terms of content, there are some great shows on Amazon Prime, such as The Man In The High Castle, about an alternate reality where the Nazis and the Japanese won the Second World War. However, Netflix is still king of content, although Amazon Prime is slightly cheaper. What Amazon Prime wins with are their additional features. Users can borrow one book a month from the Kindle Lending Library for no extra cost, as well as free one-day delivery on millions of items. For frequent shoppers on Amazon, Prime definitely comes out on top.
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HBO Go is the newest kid on the streaming block and that can show sometimes in its lack of content depth. But what it lacks in quantity is more than made up for with quality TV programmes. It’s like being a kid in a candy store, with critically acclaimed TV shows like The Sopranos, The Wire and True Detective, not to mention the cult phenomenon Game of Thrones. When it comes to films, HBO has a pretty good selection of recent big name films and a great animated choice for kids. Ice Age films, the Lego Movie and Puss in Boots.