Which countries pay the most and least for Amazon Prime Video_

To find out which countries are getting the best value for their money with their streaming services, we regularly analyze the differences in library sizes and monthly costs across several platforms. In this research, we have found that Amazon Prime Video subscriptions vary dramatically on a country-by-country basis when it comes to cost-effectiveness.

While Prime Video has often been regarded as one of the cheaper streaming platform options (as seen in our Netflix vs Amazon vs Hulu vs Disney Plus study), it, like many other platforms, has upped its pricing for a number of countries in recent months.

For example, this month, several European countries (the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy) will see price increases of around 12.5 percent. Starting mid-September 2022, the UK and Ireland will pay $10.83 per month (rising from $9.63). This makes their subscription fees 20 percent higher than Americans’ fees of $8.99.

These prices are also in stark contrast to some of the cheapest places to get Prime Video, e.g. Turkey, where the monthly cost is less than 50 cents!

But is Turkey the most cost-effective place to have a subscription or are its low fees met with a minimal number of titles? And how have the recent price hikes affected the likes of the UK (which, in our previous study, was the most cost-effective place for a Prime Video subscription)?

Amazon Prime Video Cost per Title by Country

Please note: the prices included in our study are the price for Prime Video, and may or may not include other features on Amazon (e.g. delivery options). Where possible, however, we have included the service for Prime Video only. The US, for example, charges $14.99 for Amazon Prime subscription which includes Prime Video, but also charges a lower price of just $8.99 for Prime Video only— the latter of which was included in this study. The prices are also the base price as advertised by Amazon. They do not include the various taxes and other charges users may face. We are aware that several countries, including Argentina, have these charges but our study focuses on the price charged by Amazon. Equally, costs are quoted on the monthly subscription price. In some countries, annual subscriptions are offered which may be cheaper than the month-by-month price. 

Is Prime Video in your country good value?

In order to determine which countries were receiving the most cost-effective Prime Video subscription, we looked into a number of factors.

First, we ascertained the number of TV shows and movies available in 73 countries (according to current Just Watch figures). After adding the two figures together, we divided this number into the total cost of Prime Video per month in each country.

Second, we analyzed the overall cost per month in each country to see how these figures were compared (using the exchange rate at the time of publication).

So what did we find?

Perhaps most significantly, we found the number of titles per country varies dramatically – much more so than the overall costs of Prime Video. The lowest number of titles available (657) is in Latvia, while the highest number of titles available (10,298) is in New Zealand. That’s nearly 16 times more titles! What’s more, Latvians are paying over $1 more than New Zealanders ($6.09 compared to $5.03), despite having access to far fewer titles.

Due to their incredibly cheap monthly subscription fees and above-average library sizes, Argentina, the Philippines, and India are the most cost-effective countries to stream Prime Video. With the average library size being 3,814 titles, Argentinians and Filipinos are getting access to far more with total library sizes of 5,697 and 6,424 respectively. India’s is significantly lower than this (4,738) but is still well above the average. Plus, with low-cost monthly subscription fees of $2.35 (Argentina), $2.67 (Philippines), and $2.25 (India), these three countries really do make you feel like you’re getting the most bang for your buck, paying $0.00041, $0.00042, and $0.00047 per title respectively.

However, the fourth most cost-effective country, New Zealand, arguably gives you even more for your money–as we have seen. Despite being slightly more expensive on a cost-per-title basis ($0.00049), the fact it has 2.5 times more titles than average and a moderate subscription fee of $5.03 means New Zealanders are getting a great deal from their Prime Video subscription.

Are other countries with large libraries getting a good deal?

Not always–no.

Ireland has the second-largest library with 10,027 titles. But, thanks to its recent price hike, users here are paying more than average for their Prime Video subscription (£8.99 or $10.83). This makes its cost per title $0.00108, placing it in 27th place for cost-effectiveness. It’s a similar story in the US, too. Despite having the third-biggest library (9,912 titles), an above-average fee of $8.99 creates a cost per title of $0.00091 and makes the US the 16th most cost-effective place for a Prime Video subscription.

Other countries with more than 9,000 titles in their libraries are South Africa, Australia, and the UK. South Africans pay just $4.71 for over 9,400 titles and Australians pay $4.86 for 9,200 titles. These cheap monthly costs and great libraries see them taking 5th and 6th place for cost-effectiveness across all countries respectively. But, despite its reasonably large library size (9,073 titles in total), the UK’s recent price hike means it plummets through the rankings for cost-effectiveness. It goes from being the most cost-effective country in our previous study to the 30th most cost-effective country today.

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Top 10 places where Amazon Prime Video is good value for money

As we have seen, Argentina, the Philippines, India, and New Zealand enjoy the most cost-effective prices for an Amazon Prime Video subscription.

The average cost per title for their monthly subscription price is $0.00041 for Argentinians, $0.00042 for Filipinos, $0.00047 for Indians, and $0.00049 for New Zealanders. This makes their cost per title 139 to 147 percent cheaper than average.

Top 10 most cost-effective countries for Amazon Prime Video

CountryPrice (Local)Price (USD)# of TV Shows# of MoviesTotal Library SizeCost per Title ($)
Argentina319 ARS2.359374,7605,6970.00041
Philippines149 PHP2.678445,5806,4240.00042
India179 INR2.255674,1714,7380.00047
New Zealand8 NZD5.031,5398,75910,2980.00049
South Africa79 ZAR4.711,2088,2239,4310.00050
Australia6.99 AUD4.861,6137,5959,2080.00053
Turkey7.9 TRY0.443004357350.00060
Japan500 JPY3.711,4634,6176,0800.00061
Brazil14.90 BRL2.967273,7044,4310.00067

The 10 places where Amazon Prime Video isn’t good value for money

At the other end of the scale are ten European countries, each with a cost per month of $6.09 and library sizes that are below 900 titles. These well-below-average libraries mean these European countries are paying $0.00681 to $0.00927 per title–which is at least three times more than the average of $0.00266.

Top 10 least cost-effective countries for Amazon Prime Video

CountryPrice (Local)Price (USD)# of TV Shows# of MoviesTotal Library SizeCost per Title ($)
Latvia5.99 EUR6.093013566570.00927
Slovakia5.99 EUR6.092984517490.00813
Greece5.99 EUR6.093044507540.00808
Estonia5.99 EUR6.093025118130.00749
Albania5.99 EUR6.093245088320.00732
Bosnia and Herzegovina5.99 EUR6.093165248400.00725
Lithuania5.99 EUR6.093095328410.00724
Croatia5.99 EUR6.093025558570.00711
Serbia5.99 EUR6.093295518800.00692

The cheapest places to get Amazon Prime Video

While Argentina, the Philippines, India, and New Zealand were the most efficient on a cost-per-title basis, these countries don’t have the lowest monthly cost for a subscription. Turkey has the cheapest Prime Video subscription cost by far, with a price of just $0.44 or TL7.90. Even with its significantly below-average library size of 735 titles, this makes Turkey the seventh-most cost-effective place for a subscription based on its cost per title of $0.00060. However, users here will be sacrificing library quality to get a bargain price.

At three times as much as Turkey’s price, Egypt is the second-cheapest place to have a Prime Video subscription. With a monthly fee of $1.52 (EGP29) and a slightly larger library size of 1,184, Egypt has a cost per title of $0.00128, coming 31st in the cost-per-title rankings.

Singapore ($2.17), India ($2.25), and Hungary ($2.25) follow Egypt, but, as we’ve already seen, it’s India that gives users the best value thanks to its above-average library of 4,171 titles. With a meager 1,202 and 802 titles available in Singapore and Hungary respectively, users here may feel they’re not getting the best deal available.

The most expensive places to get Amazon Prime Video

On a cost-per-month basis, Gibraltar, the UK, Ireland, and Switzerland all cost more than $10 a month and rank at the bottom of the table. The UK, Gibraltar, and Ireland’s fees are $10.83 and Switzerland’s is $10.50, which means they’re paying 20 times Turkey’s monthly subscription price.

The US came in 5th place for the most expensive monthly subscription with a monthly fee of $8.99. The US, however, pays $8.99 for Prime Video alone (with an increased price of $14.99 to receive all Amazon Prime benefits, including free delivery). Gibraltar, the UK, and Ireland receive all Amazon Prime benefits from their $10.83 subscription fee.

How expensive is Amazon Prime Video relative to average income?

In order to gain some understanding of where Prime Video may seem more expensive, we’ve compared each country’s monthly fee in relation to the average monthly income.

How does Amazon Prime Video compare to Netflix for the total cost per title?

Earlier this year, we released which countries pay the most for Netflix. If we look at the cost per title for both platforms– which countries are paying more or less for each streaming service?

If we compare each country’s cost per title on Prime Video and Netflix we can see that some countries are getting a raw deal on both platforms. Croatia, in particular, is hit with high cost per title prices on both platforms. And so are its other central, northeastern, and southeastern European neighbors. But while Switzerland and Denmark join Croatia as the least cost-effective places for Netflix subscriptions, they do get a better deal when it comes to Prime Video.

It also appears that India, Turkey, and Argentina enjoy great cost-effectiveness across both platforms. Equally, some countries appear to get more for their money on one platform than another.

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Data researcher: Charlotte Bond

Sources

JustWatch.com

https://data.oecd.org/earnwage/average-wages.htm

https://www.worlddata.info/average-income.php

http://www.salaryexplorer.com/

https://www.worldbank.org