iTunes HD vs Amazon HD

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  1. 2020mike, Apr 17, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013

    2020mike macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2012
    I wasnt able to find anything on the forum or on Google that compares iTunes HD against Amazons HD for movies. If you have used both would you say they are pretty even in sense of quality? I know Amazon only streams HD to certain devices where it seems like iTunes is 1080P across the board. It seems like Amazon has better prices on their digital movies but I want to get the best quality even if it means paying a few extra bucks. I know neither will compare against a blu-ray but im talking strictly streaming. Thanks in advance.
  2. craigsharp macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2008

    I found this the other day on AVSForum... it's a pretty good comparison...
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    I haven't found Amazon to be any cheaper in most cases, they're at least as likely to be more expensive than iTunes in fact. I just checked as a sample all the 2012 Oscar best-picture nominees - other than Amour, which isn't available from either, all were exactly the same price for HD from Amazon and iTunes.

    So then I checked some older films - the best picture winners from 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010 - again in HD for each.

    1950 - All About Eve - Amazon $19.99, iTunes $14.99
    1960 - The Apartment - Amazon n/a, iTunes $14.99 (rental price same on both)
    1970 - Patton - Amazon $9.99, iTunes $14.99
    1980 - Ordinary People - Amazon $19.99, iTunes $9.99
    1990 - Dances with Wolves - Amazon $14.99, iTunes n/a (rental price same on both)
    2000 - Gladiator - Amazon $17.99, iTunes $17.99
    2010 - The King's Speech - Amazon $9.99, iTunes $9.99

    So Amazon cheaper on one, iTunes cheaper on two. Each service missing one title for purchase.

    Between the two I prefer the downloaded file approach of iTunes. I don't need to worry about connection speed, I can transfer the file to my laptop or iPad to watch offline, I don't have to worry that Amazon's servers may be having problems when I want to watch a movie. However if you have Kindle Fire or Google TV or other hardware that doesn't play well with iTunes, that could affect your decision.

    As often as not I'll end up buying the physical DVD or Blu-Ray and ripping it. For example Gladiator is $17.99 from iTunes or Amazon instant video, but Amazon has the Blu-Ray for $14.99 with free 2nd day shipping as an Amazon Prime member. That just seems silly to me but there it is.
  4. amy88 macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2012

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