Amazon Prime: Primed To Compete With Cable TV?


Cable TV and Amazon Prime Comparisons

Television is changing, so too, the way we choose to view content. Amazon Prime, from Amazon, is the latest in content delivery using the Internet for streaming. Launched in 2005, the service works well with an existing Amazon device, such as the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets, or a computer. If you have already purchased movies, TV show episodes, or music from Amazon, Amazon Prime provides a seamless marriage between your existing content and your device of choice. Amazon delivers content from it's own ecosystem, and is not compatible with some products.

Deciding between traditional cable TV and an Amazon Prime account can be broken into several factors.

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Service Areas

Cable TV: Available widely, cable TV is offered in a number of areas. Finding the right cable provider has everything to do with shopping around for the best coverage, best channel lineup, and availablity in your area. This is usually a simple process, as cable TV is still very popular and easy to obtain without much of a learning curve for older customers to jump through.

Amazon Prime: Amazon Prime is available on several platforms: Kindle Fire, computer, smart TVs and Blu-ray players with the Amazon Prime app pre-installed. Amazon Prime content can be accessed from certain mobile devices, too. You will need a basic understading of how to navigate through the app (or website).


Cable TV: There is a familiarity to cable TV, as some consumers are new to the Internet streaming programing. Cable offers features such as live television (you will be able to view TV shows as they premier), DVR (for recording), and on demand, which provides a catalogue of previously aired content generally divided into networks, premium, and speical content. Cable TV usually provides local programming as well.

Amazon Prime: In addition to Amazon Prime's content, subscribers have access to free two-day shipping, a free Kindle book for borrowing in conjunction with its Kindle Owners' Lending Library and full access to its Prime Streaming Services.


Cable TV: Usually bundled with a remote control, a cable box and/or DVR.

Amazon Prime: A reliable Internet connection, a smart TV or smart TV device such as an Xbox 360 or a Blu-ray player. Thanks to the Amazon Prime app, you can take the service with you almost anywhere there is Internet connectivity.


Both cable TV and Amazon Prime give the viewer an opportunity to take advantage of on demand programming. Cable TV still relies on a live TV audience, although DVR viewing has increased in recent years.

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Cable TV generally bills monthly, but Amazon Prime collects its fee annually.

Cable TV: Cost varies according to bundle packages you sign up for. Premium and certain HD channels usually carry a higher cost. On average a cable packge can range from $50-$200, depending on the number of services you're looking for.

Amazon Prime: Cost is $79 per year, which includes access to unlimited streaming that consists of movies, TV episodes, as well as books with no due dates. Amazon Student or Amazon Mom customers can upgrade to Amazon Prime's digital platform.

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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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