Netflix is usually seen as one of the best streaming services to watch movies, but according to data from streaming search engine Reelgood – provided to online publication Business Insider – this may not be the case.
Reelgood identified a movie as being ‘high quality’ by whether it had a rating of 7.5 or higher on IMDB, and Amazon Prime Video came out on top with the most high quality movies. That being said, Netflix comes in second place by a tiny amount – while Amazon has 125 movies of this quality, Netflix has 124.
The data provided by Reelgood was based on a comparison of five streaming services – Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max and Showtime. Amazon Prime Video has a whopping 14,210 movies on offer, and Netflix lags behind in second place with 3803 available. While Amazon and Netflix practically came out in joint first place in terms of high quality movies available on their platforms, the other three streaming services had much fewer. Hulu had 52 movies on offer, while HBO and Showtime had 32.
Some of Amazon’s movies are Prime Originals, which means they have been either developed or acquired by Amazon Studios. Some have received a lot of attention – for example, The Big Sick was nominated for a screenplay Oscar and Cold War was nominated for three Oscars, including best foreign-language film. Meanwhile, Manchester by the Sea was nominated for best picture and landed Casey Affleck an Oscar for best actor.
There are plenty of films available on Netflix which are critically acclaimed too, with a large selection featured in this year’s Oscars. Avengers: Infinity War was nominated for best visual effects, while The Ballad of Buster Scruggs received nominations for best adapted screenplay, best original song and best costume design. Black Panther was nominated for a huge seven awards – best picture, best original score, best original song, best costume design, best production design, best sound editing and best sound mixing.
Read more about the analysis here.