Last month Amazon and CBS announced they will be adding Star Trek to the Amazon Prime streaming video offering. And this week the entire Star Trek TV catalog went online. More details below plus an early review/comparison between the Amazon and Netflix streaming services for Star Trek.
All of Star Trek available on Amazon Prime
As of today, the entire Star Trek TV library (except the animated series) is available for streaming at Amazon.com via their Amazon Prime service. This includes every episode of the original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. Like with the similar offering on Netflix, both the original series and Enterprise are available in HD. Amazon has one advantage in that DS9 is not yet available on Netflix (it is coming in October).
Star Trek now available via Amazon Prime
While Amazon has DS9 earlier, Netflix still has advantages most notably of which is navigating the available titles. Both the website interface as well as using Amazon Prime ready devices is still cumbersome and it is difficult to browse the different series. Amazingly not every Star Trek show even comes up when you do a search for "Star Trek," plus you need to wade through many non-Star Trek shows. Netflix streaming is also available on more devices, especially mobile devices.
Search results for "Star Trek" via Amazon Prime interface on Sony Bravia TV
As for the picture quality on Amazon, the HD streaming for the original Star Trek and Enterprise is excellent and looks just as good as Netflix. However the standard definition streaming for Next Generation and Voyager looks a little better on Netflix (at least for now).
Star Trek Enterprise streaming via Amazon Prime on PC
Amazon Prime is the premium service from Amazon that offers free and discounted shipping on Amazon purchases along with a streaming video service. The service costs $79/year which works out to cheaper than Netflix’s $7.99/month streaming-only subscription account. However Netflix still offers a much larger catalog of streaming video and is also available on various mobile platforms. Amazon Prime is available via web browser streaming and a growing number of connected TVs and Blu-ray players from Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Vizio and the popular Roku HD series of streaming boxes.