Amazon Prime Video and HBO Go are competitors in the video streaming market and deliver different values and catalogs. The HBO platform bets on its award-winning titles and free access to the service for channel subscribers. The Amazon option, recently arrived in the country as part of the Amazon Prime package, offers an inexpensive monthly plan of R $ 9.90 and a wide variety of titles, in addition to recent films. Check below the comparison between the competitors, taking into account the value of the plans, the availability of titles in the collection, the image and sound quality, and the platforms on which they are available.
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Both options offer only one type of plan for customers. The HBO Go subscription, for R $ 34.90 per month, allows access to the service on up to three devices simultaneously. For subscribers of the HBO channel on other platforms, such as Net, Sky, Vivo and others, the streaming service can be accessed free of charge, without the need to pay additional fees.
Amazon Prime Video costs R $ 9.90 per month and is one of the plans with the most competitive market value, in relation to its competitors. The plan also offers simultaneous access on up to three screens. In addition, the streaming service is part of the Amazon Prime package, which gives extra benefits, such as free shipping on Amazon purchases, as well as access to streaming music and books.
Prime Video from Amazon has exclusive films, series and productions – Photo: Playback / Filipe Garrett
Catalog and original productions
Amazon Prime Video and HBO Go offer very different catalogs, focusing on their own titles, produced by companies. In addition to original content, both platforms still have titles purchased in their collection. None of the companies release official figures on the size of their catalog. However, according to JustWatch, a streaming title search platform, HBO Go offers about 701 titles to Brazilian subscribers.
Still according to the search engine, the Amazon service has approximately 2,922 titles in its collection, a number much higher than that of its competitor. Prime Video features famous and recent films such as «Aladdin», «Avengers – Ultimatum», as well as classic productions such as «Inglourious Bastards», «Saving Private Ryan», among others. HBO Go, on the other hand, features famous and award-winning original titles, such as «Game Of Thrones», «WestWorld», and hits such as «A Star Is Born» and «The Shining».
Game Of Thrones is one of HBO’s most successful titles – Photo: Barbara Mannara / Tech
The two streaming services have very similar features and functionality. Both platforms support the download of titles to watch offline, in addition to simultaneous access on up to three devices. The platforms have a navigation menu for searching for titles, category lists and a section for accessing the last watched titles.
Both HBO Go and Amazon Prime Video can be accessed on most platforms and electronic devices with an Internet connection. Its applications are available for smart TVs, video game consoles (such as Playstation and Xbox) tablets, media centers, Android phones and iPhone (iOS).
HBO Go can be accessed on several devices – Photo: Disclosure / HBO
Image and audio quality
The platforms offer differentiated image qualities. The option for HBO Go supports high definition image (HD), while Amazon’s service delivers image quality in 4K and HDR, if the subscriber has an electronic device compatible with the resolution. However, the quality of the video still depends on the speed of the Internet used. Regarding audio quality, both offer high quality sound, with support for Dolby Digital 5.1.
Amazon Prime Video offers images up to 4K – Photo: Barbara Mannara / dnetc
Amazon Prime Video was launched in Brazil as part of the Amazon package recently, but it has already become a great alternative in terms of cost-effectiveness in the video streaming market. The service has one of the lowest prices in the sector, with a great diversity of titles in the collection, in addition to offering films that have just come out of the cinema. The platform also provides superior image quality to its competitor, with 4K image support, for R $ 25 less than its rival.
On the other hand, the option for HBO Go is interesting for those who already have a subscription to the channel in their television package, and are entitled to free access to the platform, at no additional cost. The platform also has in its favor a collection with highly awarded titles, guaranteeing quality when searching for films and series to watch.
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