Amazon Prime or Netflix Instant? You don’t necessarily need to choose one over the other, but if you did, the determining factors would be pretty particular, as there’s no clear cut better option.
Maybe you prefer the widest possible selection, or maybe you prefer a more particularly curated selection, or maybe price is the most important to you.
If you’re looking for a side-by-side comparison to help you choose, you could always check out this article, written by Jill Duffy for pcmag.com. But again, you don’t really have to choose. You could be like the many who opt to subscribe to more than one, since subscribing to Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime at the same time is still considerably cheaper than your average cable package.
What Is Amazon Prime?
For starters, a subscription to Amazon Prime is $79 a year, which is slightly cheaper than a year-round subscription to Netflix Instant. And unlike Netflix Instant, if it’s not available to stream for free on Amazon Prime, you can always rent or buy it right away at a minimal cost. Movies like Flight starring Denzel Washington, or Beasts of the Southern Wild, or Moonrise Kingdom are just a click away.
In addition, an Amazon Prime subscription guarantees free two-day shipping on Amazon orders, as well as access to a free lending library full of Kindle books.
We’ll delve a little deeper into what recommends Amazon Prime over other streaming services further down in this post. For now, let’s focus on FlashRouters, and how we can help you enjoy Amazon Prime even more.
How Can FlashRouters Improve My Amazon Prime Experience?
Streaming services can be incredibly unreliable when you’re using the wrong router. There’s nothing more frustrating getting well into a movie or television show, only to have the narrative momentum cut off at the knees when your Wi-Fi is compromised.
That’s why we at FlashRouters are devoted to bringing you the best possible internet experience with our routers, which are all flashed with DD-WRT firmware.
DD-WRT firmware is an open-sourced firmware designed to upgrade and enhance your router. Using a router that we’ve flashed with DD-WRT firmware allows you boost and enhance your wireless signal, thus diminishing the possibility of interruptions during your Amazon Prime viewing experience.
As you might have guessed, the benefits of DD-WRT routers don’t end there. In addition to the boosted wireless signal, DD-WRT offers advanced QoS, or Quality of Service, controls, which allows you determine how you’d like to allocate bandwidth throughout your various network connections. So, if you’re looking to utilize the most bandwidth on whichever device you use to stream Amazon Prime, our routers can allow you to do just that.
DD-WRT is also useful if you’re looking to enjoy Amazon Prime from outside the US. Since Amazon Prime is limited outside of the US, you will need to subscribe to a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, which will allow you to enjoy US-based websites by changing your IP address to one in a country of your choosing.
DD-WRT routers feature VPN integration capabilities, which makes the process of utilizing a VPN subscription service infinitely easier. For more information about VPN’s, check out our Introduction to VPN.
These are just a few of the features offered by our DD-WRT firmware-flashed routers. Visit our DD-WRT FAQ page to learn about even more benefits.
(Editor’s note: FlashRouters now offers the option of routers flashed with Tomato firmware.)
Movies Offered On Amazon Prime (But Not Netflix Instant)
Though a great deal of Amazon Prime’s catalog and Netflix’s catalog overlap, a quick search of Amazon will yield a lot of titles that Netflix either never offered or don’t offer anymore. Here are some selections from Amazon Prime that are essential to any good movie collection:
Wayne’s World – Let’s start light (since there are some heavy and gory choices ahead): Mike Myers and Dana Carvey’s immortal Wayne and Garth share the distinction of being two of the only Saturday Night Live characters to ever make their way into a good movie. Always worth a re-watch.
You Can Count On Me – This beautiful, bittersweet drama stars Laura Linney as a tightly wound mother whose wayward brother (Mark Ruffalo) re-enters her life after a long period of estrangement. Touching, minutely realized, and often hilarious.
Citizen Kane – What more needs to be said about this masterwork? Orson Welles’ epic character study, loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst, has been called the best film of all time so often that any further commentary would be redundant.
The Wicker Man – Perhaps you’ve been too busy mocking the remake with Nicolas Cage to ever give the original it’s fair shake. That’s understandable, but we can assure you that this version is wonderfully twisted, darkly comic, and unshakeably macabre. Great songs too.
Gaslight – This classic psychological thriller is so potent that it’s title spawned a term. To “gaslight” someone is to try and drive someone insane by making them think they’re going insane. Makes you curious, doesn’t it.
Big Night – Do not watch this movie on an empty stomach. Though the primary story of two immigrant brothers (Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub) struggling to keep their restaurant afloat in America is perfectly touching, you’ll likely remember the ongoing display of beautiful, authentic Italian dishes most of all. Maybe the best food movie ever made.
Evil Dead II – Probably the all-time great, campy horror classic, this movie is titled like a sequel, but it’s more accurately described as remake of the first Evil Dead. This time though, there’s more gore, more slapstick, and more scenery chewing from Bruce Campbell. Unmissable.
The Descent – An intense, bloody, and claustrophobic horrorshow. If tight spaces bother you, then you will want to stay far, far away from this tale of cave-divers who are trapped and hunted by freaky cave-creatures.
The Friend of Eddie Coyle – This gritty, tense crime drama features some great late-period acting from the inimitable Robert Mitchum, who plays an over-the-hill criminal desperate to avoid going back to jail for another long stretch.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – On a list populated by some of film’s most notorious and beloved camp classics, meet the granddaddy of them all. Even if you leave aside the delicious meta-textual material about stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford hating each others breathing guts in real life, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is simply one the most entertainingly nutty movies that exist. Blanche (Crawford) is a movie star in the care of her psychotic, former child-star sister Jane (Davis), whose brand of nursing can charitably be called unconventional. There’s plenty to recommend it, but most of all, Davis’ full-tilt lunacy is truly something to behold.