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Netflix and Amazon offer the best value to film buffs, according to new streaming study



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  • A new study from online-streaming guide Reelgood shows
    how close Netflix and Amazon are in the streaming
  • The two services are neck-in-neck in having the most
    “quality” movies for how much subscribers pay, and there’s no
    clear winner.


If you love movies, it may be hard to choose between streaming
services, but a new study at least breaks it down to two you
should definitely consider: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

The study, from online-streaming guide Reelgood, looked at the size of five streaming
service movie catalogs: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO,
and Showtime. To help determine the overall value of each
streaming service for movie buffs, the study then examined which
service offered the most movies for the amount users pay, as well
as the amount of “quality” movies compared to
what you pay — and it turns out Netflix and Amazon are

Reelgood found that Amazon Prime has the most total movies, at
over 10,000. It characterized “quality” movies
as being in the top 20,000 most popular titles on
Reelgood, and having IMDb scores of 6 or higher.

Amazon has the most quality movies, according to the study,
at around 1,100, but Netflix is not far behind.

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But then the study went a step further to
categorize high-quality movies, which it defined
the same as “quality,” but with a 7.5 or higher score on

In this instance, Netflix and Prime were tied at a little
over 100 titles each.

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The study also found which service gets you the most movies for
your buck, which looked at the total number of movies
you get for each dollar spent with a subscription
. The
clear winner was Amazon Prime at nearly 1,300 movies, while
Netflix trailed at less than 500.

Users pay $99 a year for Prime Video (which translates to roughly
$8 a month), while Netflix subscribers pay $10.99.

Reelgood broke that down to look at quality and high-quality
movies for your buck, too. Amazon beat out Netflix for having the
most quality movies for dollars spent but Netflix led in
high-quality movies. 

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The study doesn’t present a clear winner for film buffs looking
to get the most out of their streaming-subscription plans, but it
does show just how heated the streaming wars are becoming. One
thing is clear, though: Showtime has some catching up to do.

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