Nostalgia Battles: Why does it always have to be about nostalgia? Why can’t it be about sushi? (Netflix VS Amazon Prime Video)

Once upon a time, the only way someone could watch a TV show or movie would be to have cable. Now, we have the options of various streaming services that we don’t even need to have a TV anymore. Of course the problem now is in order to watch all of the shows and movies we want to watch, we have to rely on multiple sources. For me, I use Netflix and Amazon Prime. Unfortunately, I don’t use either as much as I should, and I’ve been thinking about getting rid of one of them, but I’ve been having difficulty deciding which one. I feel like in order to watch everything I want, I need to keep both, even though I use Netflix, at best, here and there and I rarely even watch Amazon Prime right now. I am hoping that will change over time but in the meantime, I am keeping both for now but I can’t help but to think if I had to get rid of one of them, which one would it be? I guess this is my attempt in being a minimalist.

Of course, to be fair, I am only comparing Netflix with Amazon Prime Video and will not factor in the free shipping and other features, you get with a Prime membership; otherwise, it would be a slaughter, and I can’t afford to get any blood in Nostalgicism Studios right now. Clean-up crews are expensive.

In terms of functionality, Netflix is easier to use. It’s easier to find things. And whenever I’m watching a TV show on Amazon Prime, I find a pain to switch to a different episode. I do like how with Amazon Prime, they have a sidebar with the names and pictures of the actors who appear in any given scene, along with any songs that are in the scene and other tidbits of information. It saves me from looking up the information myself. Functionality is not the only thing that’s a factor here. I actually have to like the content. And this is where I’m torn.

Now, this is a nostalgia blog, so it makes logical sense to start with things that remind me of my past. Now, for me, I pretty much watch everything, so there’s a wide variety of shows I am nostalgic about. Cartoons. Crime Procedurals. Sitcoms. Supernatural Shows. Comedy Dramas. Yeah, pretty much everything. Both Netflix and Amazon Prime have a number of shows that I used to watch all the time that make me nostalgic for the past. Netflix has Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds and, of course, one of my favorite all-time shows, Dexter. Amazon has Grimm, Dead Like Me and True Blood. Yeah, apparently I had an affection for shows where a million people die per episode. And brooding vampires, I guess.

For me, it’s more difficult to be nostalgic for movies because I don’t really watch the,m and the movies that I do find nostalgic are not found on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. One of the very few movies I find nostalgic found on Neflix is Hot Fuzz. It’s not something I would normally watch but I was dragged by a friend to watch it in a theater when it originally came out in 2007. It has since become a fond memory.

Oddly enough, I find movies that are more recent nostalgic as well. I guess it’s the overall feeling of the movie, which what I got from Logan Luncky, which is is available on Amazon. Despite it being quite recent (2017), it reminded me of the past. It’s most likely because of the close-knit characters and the friendly back and forth between them, and how relatable the characters are.

There is a lot of original content on both Netflix and Amazon but they each have a different focus. Netflix has significantly more original content than Amazon does, but Netflix has more of a tendency to focus more on quantity than quality, specifically when it comes to movies.

In general, Netflix has a much wider variety than Amazon. When it comes to original TV shows on Amazon, there’s a lot of crime procedurals and action dramas nut not much else. With Netflix, there’s literally something for everyone.

Although I love to use Amazon for other purposes, I just don’t use it nearly as much as Netflix. I went through the Tv shows and movies available on Amazon Prime Video, and I was impressed than I was the last time I browsed it. Even so, it’s unanimous. Netflix wins.

5 thoughts on “Nostalgia Battles: Why does it always have to be about nostalgia? Why can’t it be about sushi? (Netflix VS Amazon Prime Video)

  1. I am using netflix too and thank God for the technology today that we have everything in our fingertips, like ebooks, i am not a fan before but now, since i have no option to buy a physical, i actually enjoyed reading using my phone. Technology has evolved really and those faves that we have brings total nostalgias. 🙂

  2. I don’t use any streaming service really. If I had to pick one to sign up for it would probably be Netflix. They do get some nice original stuff like Voltron. XD But sometimes if you wait they go to other stuff as well.

  3. I’m with you when it comes to how Netflix is easier to use, but their original content seems to be hit or miss. Some are great, while some seem to be terrible. I have Amazon Prime mainly for the shipping, and I rarely watch anything on it.

    There was a period where I was mostly watching off of Crunchyroll, so I actually canceled my Netflix for about a year. Now I have all 3: Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll, and Netflix. Well, 4 if you count cable, haha. I’ve been wanting to reevaluate all of them, and see if I can cancel one or two!

  4. I have Netflix and Hulu (through my uncle) but I am really digging the original series that Netflix is putting out.

    I do miss the times before technology but alas, we can’t go back.

  5. I prefer Netflix too. I tried Amazon Prime for a month last year and it’s not nearly as easy to use. I don’t like how they organise their shows/films and I don’t like that they mix the stuff you have to buy extra with the stuff that comes with your subscription. It’s so confusing! Definitely Netflix all the way.

    Also, you get True Blood on Prime in the US? What?!

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