NetflixOnline Video NewsThe launch of Amazon Prime in India – Should you pick it over Netflix?

Akshay Chandra4 years ago

After launching prime membership program in India at the beginning of this year, Amazon started the year 2017 early with the launch of their on-demand video streaming service called Amazon prime video – India.

Unlike Netflix, which required users to feed in their plastic card details even for a “free first-month trial,” Amazon Prime Video is letting anyone avail for free. This makes Amazon prime video the least expensive video streaming service in India for the first month.

Here are some benefits of this new on-demand video streaming service.

If you register now, you can have a full year membership just for ₹ 500.

Upon registering, you can also avail the benefits of Amazon Prime’s unlimited FREE fast delivery and 30-minute early access to top Lightning Deals.

FYI – The OnePlus 3T sold out in less than a minute during Amazon Prime sale.

After the promotional over ends, it will cost Indians just 499 per month. Still cheaper than Netflix.

Amazon will even tie up with Dharma Productions, T-Series, Vishesh Films and more to deliver local content of their existing and upcoming films.


Amazon Prime Video along with acclaimed filmmaker SS Rajamouli, Graphic India, and Arka Mediaworks, recently announced a new multi-episode animated series titled – “Baahubali: The Lost Legends”.

The Worlds most illegally downloaded show in history “The Grand Theft Auto” (7.9million) is available for free.

Amazon prime’s original series got 6 nominations and won 2 in 68th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Indians can access Bollywood classics, 30 Anime series, and 45 kid’s programs like Chhota Bheem, G.I. Joe Renegades, Oggy and the Cockroaches.

There is a collection of movies in regional languages like Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and Bengali.

And of course, there’s an insane of Hollywood content ranging from old Hollywood classics like lethal weapon, die hard to new blockbuster movies like Mission impossible, Terminator Genesis. 

Is Amazon Prime Video better than Netflix?

In general, Netflix got the lead of arriving first with a wide range of content that’s still missing in Amazon prime video India.

You can browse Netflix on Chromecast. But, for Amazon prime video – India, it’s not accessible for both Indian and US audiences.

(Chromecast – lets you play photos, videos, or music from laptops/tablets/phones on your TV.)

Netflix got better online streaming quality as amazon prime video India lacks in HD quality streaming.

Subtitles are provided in regional languages like Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and Bengali for every video.

You can edit your Subtitle Preset in the way you want. (Check image below)

Subtitle Preset

In terms of Content, the answer depends on what you’re looking for in a service. If you are a Netflix fan, then you will love the wide range of Amazon Original series like Transparent, Bosch, Mozart in the Jungle, The Grand Tour, Hand of God and The man in the high castle.

Unlike Netflix, Amazon prime video India provides old T.V series enough for triggering your college series binge nostalgia. Series like Seinfeld, Fringe, Person of Interest, Shameless, Supernatural, Two and a Half Man, Dexter, Mad Men, NCIS, and Californication, the mentalist etc. are available for streaming.

amazon benefits

Free E-books, Amazon Prime Music, Student discount, and Amazon Prime as a gift kind of offerings are yet to arrive in India. Thus, Amazon prime video services in the US differ from what they offered in India. But this is the first month of the trial period. So, Indian can expect more US like services and packages soon enough.

What would you prefer?

Now that we have compared every aspect of Amazon prime video India and Netflix’s content benefits, it’s up to Indian audiences to select a web service that’s cheaper than Netflix and offers free shipping and prime benefits of Amazon’s vast retail network. This situation is more like Content + retail benefits VS a content library that’s hard to compete.


Akshay Chandra

Being an artist, movie buff and a media enthusiast, content writing is my career train. I am a proud alumni of Symbiosis Institute of Media Communication (Pune) and currently working for Vidooly.

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