Study: Netflix has better movies than Amazon, Hulu, HBO combined
Netflix is often accused of valuing quantity over quality when it comes to selecting its content.
But according to new study, it’s streaming rival Amazon Prime that’s really serving up mass quantities of cinematic junk food.
Aptly-named tech site Streaming Observer made a list of all the movies on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and HBO Now and cross-referenced the films with their Rotten Tomatoes scores.
Among the findings: Amazon Prime currently has a whopping 17,461 movies in its library, which is four times as many as Netflix (3,839) and far more than Hulu (2,336) and HBO (815).
But here’s the rub: Netflix had the most number of movies that were “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes (where 75 percent or more reviews of a film are positive). Netflix had 596 Certified Fresh titles, such as current offerings like Black Panther, Pulp Fiction, and The Dark Knight. Amazon had only 232 acclaimed movies — just 1.3 percent of its library. Hulu had 223 and HBO Now had a mere 38.
Still, for Amazon subscribers, a selection of 17,461 films is extremely impressive (befitting of a company with the tagline “Earth’s Biggest Selection”), while HBO’s value proposition on the movie side is that the network frequently lands major recently released titles before anybody else.