Amazon Prime worth getting?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MrXiro, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. MrXiro, Aug 1, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2012

    macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I have an Apple tv 3 with Netflix and am using my sister's Hulu plus account. I recently picked up a Sony Streamer for cheap and have both Netflix and Hulu on there to put in my bedroom (atv3 is in living room) and it has the option for Amazon Prime video... Wondering if the choices they have are worth getting over already having access netflix and Hulu Plus (which I hate... Nothing good to watch and 8 bucks a month should have either NO commercials or a hell of a lot less, like 2, one at the start and one at the end.)

    Anyone have all three or can actually recommend Amazon Prime?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2007
    got it, recommend it.

    2-day shipping for everything, and Amazon Prime video has some decent stuff. Only downside is you'll probably buy more stuff. :D
  3. macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    I have Netflix and Amazon Prime, and honestly the video part of Amazon Prime does not add much if anything on top of what you get with Netflix. Now the free shipping and free Kindle Lending Library are well worth the price of Amazon Prime IMO, and I just view the videos as a little freebie. But getting Prime for the video only? Nah.
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    1. Hulu plus is good (stop being a baby about the ads you say two are okay and most have 4 for a 45min episode, thats under 2 mins, quit whining). There are plenty of things to watch that are excellent and not available on either Netflix nor Amazon. I get horrible OTA reception and Hulu+ allows me to watch new shows like Grimm, Once Upon A Time, Supernatural, and the Daily show (excellent!) making the $7.99 price worth it.

    2. Amazon prime is not worth the movie selection alone, I'm still on the free month trial and will not renew since I don't have to have my items shipped by the 2nd day. Most of the stuff on Amazon prime is on Netflix but much more condensed since its not filled with either extremely old movies or bargin bin crap as filler.
  5. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Whining? Quit being a jerk.

    I know for a fact its more than 2 min a show as I've been getting a full minute or more of commercials per break and they have 7 breaks per 42 min. long show. Is it as much as the original broadcast? No, but in the age where I pay for DVR and have the ability to skip watching them In general, 7-10 minutes (dont forget buffer time) on a paid streaming service is too much. I had no issue for basic HULU with the same amount but when I am paying for it, it is really not justified. Let's not forget you also need to pay for your own Internet service as well.

    I'm sure you'll argue until you are blue in the face about how it's a great deal and I am glad you are happy to pay it (for the people who run Hulu that is). I for one don't use it much at all in comparison to my Netflix and am glad I am lucky that my sister is willing to pay for it. For the amount of content they offer for the price along with the amount of commercials it is it is unreasonable to me. Were they to add more content so that their service was a worthwhile alternative to cable or satellite maybe then I could actually believe in Hulu's amount of ads.

    As for Amazon... I tested it out a year ago and it had nothing for me... Sounds that it is still about the same now then. That is sad because with today's new iPad app I was really hoping their service had improved. O
  6. M87
    macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
    The shipping is great, but I've never once watched a video on amazon. Seems like they have the same, if not crappier, selection as netflix.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    I got it for the shipping also, 3.99 overnight is great for someone like me who loves instant gratification......

    I have watched a few movies on their streaming service, they have some titles that netflix doesnt have, but I also like crappy 80's
  8. macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2012

    A friend of mine allowed me to use his account a while ago and I like the streaming. The whole delivery system kicks butt. The software checks your internet connection every time you stream a movie, then adjust the signal to maximize the PQ. PQ looks very good. "BUT" there is not that much content to watch. The content is very very limited.
  9. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Completely subjective as is any question of worth on any topic. You can browse their selection and see what's Prime eligible. I find Prime worthwhile just for expedited shipping. As with any subjective matter, YMMV.
  10. macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2006
  11. thread starter macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Taken out of context of course it is... But as this is an AppleTV and Home theater section I was asking in regards to the video streaming service and as stated, in comparison to Hulu and Netflix as well as in conjunction with them.

    Why would one care about "shipping" when asking about video streaming service?
  12. macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    Because it's included as part if the service you are asking about, and therefor should be evaluated in the "worth" consideration.

    You're coming across a bit abrasive in a thread you started, when people are trying to post helpful information for you.

    All of this information could easily be found out by yourself if you simply looked at Amazon to see what is available on Prime, and decide for yourself if it is worth it to you, rather than ask the opinion of anonymous forum people. But, since you did ask, take your own advice and don't be a jerk.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2010
    If you want HuluPlus to still exist, you're going to have to accept that they're going to show you commercials. They can't justify the service solely on subscriptions. Even with the commercials, the $7.99 is worth it, because, for example, a site like will not let you view brand new episodes without proving you have a cable subscription.
  14. macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2012
    Can't comment on Hulu, but we've got Amazon Prime and Netflix.

    It seems like the available content on both streaming services changes often, depending on contracts, phase of the moon, etc. I can't say I find Amazon Prime streaming all that useful, although every now and then there's something worth watching.

    Basically, get Prime if you order a lot (or plan to) -- it's totally worth it for the free shipping and not having to wait. For streaming, that's sort of nice but doesn't influence the value equation for me personally.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2003
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    For the total package, yes. The video quality and offerings are improving.

  16. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2008
    Netflix: completely worth it, especially for me because I have young kids and Netflix's kids show selection is fantastic. Many seasons of sesame street, blues's clues, or dinosaur train available at a moment's notice on our main TV or our iphone? Yes please.

    Hulu: Best way to do this is to jailbreak your ATV2, install XBMC, install the Hulu plugin from Bluecop's repository. This allows you to watch Free Hulu (the kind that is officially ONLY available to watch on a computer, not a set-top box) OR Hulu Plus if you pay for a subscription. ALSO you can set XBMC to not play the commercials. As far as I know this is the only way to watch Hulu on your TV without having to watch ads. I use this everyday to watch the Daily Show commercial-free.

    Amazon Prime: My wife paid for this for the shipping benefits. Worth it for us because we order a lot on amazon. It is not worth it just for the streaming video alone, though. I checked out the instant video streaming selection and it's no better than Netflix's. Used to be less extensive than Netflix's, actually. Not sure now.
    (Note there is an Amazon Prime Video plugin for XBMC on a jailbroken Apple TV 2 as well.)
  17. macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2011
    Echoing the others, the selection isn't worth it for video alone. If you like ordering on-line then the free 2-day shipping pays for itself.

    Since I live in an area with horrid internet (seriously, best "hi-speed" I can get is 1.5 Mbps) I will chime in with the fact that Netflix streams very well and looks good, Amazon video was choppy and pixelated in comparison.

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