Netflix and HBO Go compete for the streaming market with varied plans and holdings. While HBO is betting on big hits like Game Of Thrones for the monthly subscription of $ 34.90, Netflix has over 4,000 titles and plans of up to $ 45.90 for four screens and 4K image quality. Check below the comparison between competitors, considering the value of paid plans, the availability of titles in the catalog, audiovisual quality and the presence of platforms on mobile devices, TVs and PCs.
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Netlix offers three package options. The cheapest plan is the Bsico, which comes out for $ 21.90 a month to have access to just one screen without HD quality. The intermediate plan is the Standard, which includes the option to access content on up to two screens simultaneously and support HD format for $ 32.90. The most complete package is Premium. For $ 45.90 per month, you can access up to four devices at once, with support for 4K (ultra high definition HD video format).
HBO Go offers a one-time plan of $ 34.90 per month to watch platform on up to three devices at a time. The streaming service is offered free to subscribers of HBO channels on packages such as NET, Sky, Hi, Vivo, among others.
Catalog and original productions
Netflix has an extensive catalog ranging from original productions to third party titles, but the collection changes according to the user's country. Already most of the HBO Go catalog consists of titles produced and purchased by the company itself, but users have access to the same contents regardless of country of registration.
None of the platforms disclose official catalog numbers. However, according to the 2019 Reelgood Streaming Survey, Netflix offers about 3,800 movies and over 1,900 series in the United States, while HBO Go has about 926 movies and 189 series. As for the quality of the productions, Netflix has more scores with an IMDB score of eight or higher than its competitor.
Netflix collection full of original productions Photo: Divulgao / Netflix
Another survey of JustWatch, the streaming title search platform, also gives Netflix an advantage over the number of productions available to the Brazilian audience. The site indicates that the market leader offers about 4,000 titles in the country, being about 2,800 films and 1,200 series.
HBO Go already offers in Brazil about 620 titles, mostly movies. The IMDB rating filter on the site points to a Netflix domain of 481 titles rated 8 on top of only 85 HBO streaming productions.
Regarding the types of content offered, both options bet their chips on original and exclusive productions. With several nominations for major awards such as the Emmy, HBO have among their hit titles such as Game Of Thrones, WestWorld, Big Little Lies and Euphoria. J at Netflix stands out for Stranger Things, La Casa de Papel and House Of Cards.
Game Of Thrones one of HBO Go's greatest hits Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa
Both streaming services have very similar features and tools, with no significant differences that impact their use. Both options can be accessed by most electronic devices that have Internet access, such as phones and tablets (Android and iOS). Smart TVs, Apple TV and video game consoles like Xbox and Playstation also support the apps. Services can still be accessed through media center adapters such as Fire Stick and Roku.
You can download content to your PC or mobile phone on both platforms. However, not every Netflix catalog content has download support, limiting users' experience. Their interfaces are similar, with title search navigation menu and category lists, with the ability to quickly access the latest watched titles.
HBO Go can be accessed on a variety of devices Photo: Divulgao / HBO
Image and audio quality
The services offer similar image and audio qualities. Both offer high definition (HD), but Netflix has the advantage of offering 4K image in Premium package for some titles. Video quality, however, depends on the speed of the Internet and the user's device. Both solutions offer high quality audio with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support.
Netflix shows vast leadership in the amount of titles available in its collection, even with the content variations available in each country. Although its main plan has a high price tag, the platform offers different options for users looking for a more affordable value. Its standard plan costs $ 2 less than the single HBO Go plan and offers the same audio and image qualities that its rival supports.
On the other hand, HBO Go offers simultaneous access to up to three screens, while Netflix's medium plan supports the use of only two screens at a time, which can hurt those who want to subscribe to the family service. The option for the closed broadcaster platform is interesting for users who already have the channel in their television package, and can access the service without paying additional costs.
For those who do not watch streaming daily it is important to evaluate the holdings at the time of signing.
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