Apple TV + is the new streaming service available in Brazil, and a direct competitor to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Being recently launched, the Apple platform has a modest catalog with some restrictions, such as limited availability on devices and systems. On the other hand, Amazon’s Prime Video offers a more varied collection and a service widely distributed on devices. Subscribing to both services costs R $ 9.90 per month. In both cases, it is possible to download movies and series and watch 4K content with HDR at no additional cost.
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Apple TV + has a subscription of R $ 9.90 – Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc
Both Apple TV + and Prime Video have only a R $ 9.90 plan. The value of Apple’s service is competitive, and puts it below the monthly fees charged by Netflix in Brazil. The value makes the entire service catalog available and gives simultaneous access for up to six users, which is interesting for families.
Amazon Prime Video is part of the Amazon Prime package of benefits from Amazon. Therefore, in Brazil, the streaming subscription includes extra benefits, such as free shipping on purchases and access to free music and books streaming for the Kindle. Amazon’s unique plan allows use on up to three simultaneous screens and access to 4K content with HDR.
Catalog and original productions
Prime Video from Amazon has much more content at the moment – Photo: Filipe Garrett / dnetc
Apple TV + does not have an extensive catalog due to its recent launch. Therefore, it is not possible to compete with established competitors. The JustWatch streaming content search engine detects only the original apple productions at the moment. Among the seven series and two films available in the streaming collection, there are titles such as «For All Mankind», «The Morning Show», «The Elephant Queen» and «See».
This puts Amazon’s service at an advantage. Prime Video features famous and recent films, such as «Captain Marvel», «John Wick 2», or even classic productions, such as «The Gladiator», «Apollo 13» and «Back to the Future». In total, there are 2,877 titles to watch on the platform. As for the original Amazon content, there are some highly regarded series, such as «The Man in the High Castle», «Jack Ryan», «American Gods» and «The Boys».
Apple TV +, as well as Amazon Prime Video, allow you to download movies and series to watch offline – Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
Both services offer basically the same functionalities, with an emphasis on the possibility of downloading titles for reproduction even without an Internet connection. As for availability, Prime Video is present on a greater variety of platforms than Apple TV +.
Amazon Prime Video has applications for iPhone and iPad (iOS) and Android phones, in addition to being accessible on PCs through the service’s website. There are also versions of the app for smart TV operating systems, such as Samsung and LG, and Android TV system. Finally, Amazon’s streaming platform also appears in media centers such as Apple TV, in addition to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
Apple TV is more restricted, and is available on a few non-Apple devices. For example, there is no application for Android or consoles. Its presence is mainly on the manufacturer’s devices (iPhone, iPad, Macs and Apple TV), with the exception of Samsung’s smart TVs, the Roku media center and Amazon Fire TV. On computers, you can access Apple TV + from the web version.
Audio and image quality
Both platforms offer 4K content with HDR and cinema sound – Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc
Both Amazon and Apple services deliver the same audio and sound quality for the same price. The subscription of both gives the consumer the right to access material in 4K resolution and with HDR, which improves image quality on compatible televisions. There is also support for high-fidelity, cinema-quality sound technologies such as Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Atmos on both platforms.
Apple TV + is Apple’s bet on a future less dependent on devices and more focused on services. Starting now, the platform still has a lot to achieve to threaten the dominance of more consolidated streams and with extensive catalogs, such as Amazon Prime Video.
The assets of Apple TV + are the competitive price and the integration with Apple devices, something that may be relevant for those who already have a cell phone or computer of the brand. This is also true for those interested in buying an apple device, as anyone who purchases an iPhone, iPad or Mac now gets a free one-year subscription to the streaming service.
Amazon Prime Video is a safer option as it offers more variety of content for the same price, as well as being part of an Amazon package that yields advantages such as Prime Music and Prime Reading, for reading books or listening to music at no extra cost. . Another advantage is that, between the two options, Prime Video is available for more devices, while Apple TV + is more restricted to Apple gadgets.
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