Netflix vs Amazon Prime: What Service Is Best For Offline Viewing?

Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly available yet we still often are without internet. For example, you are on a long trip, and you need something to watch. This raises the question is Netflix or Amazon Prime better for offline viewing? Let’s take a look…

Number of Downloads

Amazon

Amazon has a public rule of 15 to 25 Prime Video downloads depending on where you live, but there are a few exceptions. Amazon Original shows and movies are excluded from that limit, and any movie or TV show you buy or rent is also excluded from that limit.

Netflix

Netflix also has a limit on how many downloads you can have but, unlike Amazon, they do not publicly disclose these limits.

Content Availability

Amazon

As best we can tell everything on Amazon Prime Video is available for download, so if you see it you can download it.

Netflix

Only part of the Netflix catalog of shows and movies can be downloaded. Even some Netflix Originals like Arrested Development cannot be downloaded. Yet Netflix has been slowly expanding their lineup of content that can be downloaded.

Supported Devices

Amazon

  • Fire tablets (except Kindle Fire 1st Generation)
  • Fire phone
  • Android phones and tablets
  • iOS devices

Netflix

  • iPhones, iPads, or iPods running iOS 9.0 or later
  • Phones or tablets running Android 4.4.2 or later (including Fire tablets)
  • Tablets or computers running Windows 10 Version 1607 (Anniversary Update) or later

So what is the best service?

The best service depends on two things. First, do they have the content you want? Second, will it support the device you want?

With Netflix, you can download on Windows 10 computers. That may make Netflix a better option for some people. Amazon seems to have a slightly larger catalog of movies and TV shows that can be downloaded, but if it does not offer the movie or show you want, does it matter?

In short, both are great but both have drawbacks.

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