Video Streaming Compare

Comparison of Video Streaming Services for 2012 Q1

Analysis and highlights of video streaming matrix

Updated April 1st, 2012

Amazon Instant
Hulu Plus
All you can watch for select catalog with Prime Membership; rental or purchase for larger catalog
All you can watch for monthly fee
Rental / Purchase Movies on Apple TV. Purchase available on computer with iTunes. No TV Show rentals
All you can watch for monthly fee. Now separate plan for DVD by mail
Rental or purchase per title in a variety
of qualities: SD, HD and HDX
Best Video Quality
720P for streaming. 1080P for downloads of some titles to the TiVo Premiere.
1080P for 3rd gen Apple TV / 720P for earlier gens
1080P on several devices / 720P on others
1080P / 24 fps
Best Audio Available
Dolby Digital 5.1
Stereo only
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital Plus on select devices.
Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 or 7.1
Number of Titles
49,400+ movies and 7,100+ TV Seasons for purchase and/or rental. 1,500+ Movies and 931 TV Seasons ( 12,100+ episodes) on Prime Streaming.
2,100+ Movies and 1,900+ TV seasons (32,800+ episodes) Some seasons are incomplete. Some “TV” is Internet-only like Gary V’s Wine TV
13,400+ movies and ??? TV seasons.
9,500+ movies and 4,100+ TV seasons  (41,000+ episodes)
13,500+ movies and 1,400+ TV Seasons
Number of HD Titles
727 movies / 1,599 TV seasons for purchase/rental; additional 335 movies and 222 television seasons on Prime streaming
828 movies and 743 TV Seasons (some not fully in HD 12,267 episodes)
5,423 movies and 1,238 TV seasons
3,225 movies and 1,697 TV seasons (15,652 episodes)
6,419 titles in HD (720p) and HDX (1080p/) quality. 774 TV Seasons (most in HDX)
Surround Sound Titles
277 Prime movies and 126 TV seasons in Dolby Digital. Some purchase/rental titles are available in Dolby Digital
Most movies are in Dolby Digital 5.1 but not most TV shows
603 movies and 524 TV seasons   available in Dolby Digital Plus.
Most are in Dolby Digital Plus
338 movies and TV shows with English subtitles
563 movies and 869 TV seasons (some not fully subtitled, 17,165 episodes). Supported on Roku, Samsung, Sony PS3, VIZIO, Panasonic, WD TV and TiVo Premiere
3,070 movies / 212 TV seasons
2,848 movies and 2,291 TV seasons, 23,400+ episodes on select devices
Only on non-
English movies
Rental Window
2 days after rental is purchased
30 days to start / 24 hours once watching begins
30 days to start / 24 hours once
watching begins
Streaming Library included with Amazon Prime $79/yr; $3.99 to rent new movies; $2.99 to buy TV episodes in HD. $1 less in SD. Amazon also runs specials on select films
$7.99 per month for unlimited viewing
$2.99 buy HD TV episodes, $4.99 to rent new HD movies. $1less in SD. Special offers available
$7.99 per month unlimited viewing. $7.99 per month for DVDs mailed to home; Another $2 for Blu-ray
New movies $5.99 to rent in HDX, $4.99 in HD, $3.99 in SD. Specials run on daily basis (99 cent rentals)
Over 200: Select Blu-ray, streaming boxes and TVs from Roku, Google TV, Vizio, LG, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and TiVo (no Prime streaming)
Roku, WD TV, Samsung, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, Sony and Vizio, Haier, Blu-ray and TVs. PC/Mac, PS3, Wii, TiVo Premiere, Xbox
Apple TV, PC, Mac
Over 700! Examples include Wii, PS3, Xbox,  Roku, Apple, TiVo, Boxee, LG, Samsung, Vizio, Insignia, Philips, Panasonic, Sony and Phillips devices
Over 300 devices including PS3, Xbox, Boxee, LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Toshiba,  Sony, Sharp, Sylvania, Vizio, PC, Mac and the VUDU box. Can download to PC and select devices. Disc to Digital to upload Blu-rays or DVDs.
Mobile Devices
Sony Walkman Video, Amazon Kindle Fire
iPhone, iPad, Nook, Nintendo 3DS and selected Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, Android, Nook, Nintendo 3DS, Sony Vita
iPad for watching SD content, purchase and browse.
iPhone for browsing catalog and purchase only
Parental Controls
Passcode entered on purchase. None with Amazon Prime
Can set appropriate level for movies and TV. Override with passcode
Can set appropriate level on website. May take hours to take effect; cannot override for particular program. New kids interface rolling out
Can set passcodes for purchase and viewing. Override with passcode

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6 Responses to Video Streaming Compare

  1. Orccro on April 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Wow, nice comparison chart. I didn’t realize Amazon had that many movies avaible.

  2. TJ on April 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Thank you very much! I have been looking for a chart like this. It would be great if you could email me any of the sources you had for this, I would very much appreciate it. I will forward this to my friends!


  3. Ryan on May 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Why not compare the technical aspects… I notice the apple files are about 2 gigs smaller than some competitors, what’s the trade off ?

  4. Igal on July 9, 2012 at 8:05 am

    You should also check-out
    It compares prices and check availability on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix & iTunes

  5. Mike on September 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

    This is incredible! You probably spent hours doing this. Thank you!

  6. VB on October 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Thanks for this very helpful chart.

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