Amazon, Viacom ink streaming video deal

Amazon, Viacom ink streaming video deal
Amazon has announced a new expanded digital video licensing deal with Viacom to add content to its Amazon Prime service.

The new deal will brings thousands of more TV episodes to the service, and some of the new shows will even be exclusive to Prime.

Making the deal more significant is the fact that Netflix's similar deal with Viacom expired last month and was not renewed. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says the company is moving towards exclusive and original content rather than expensive non-exclusive bulk deals like the one it had with Viacom.

Prime members will now have access to popular shows like "Awkward," "Tosh.0" and "Workaholics" and kids will get shows like "Dora the Explorer," "Bubble Guppies," and "The Backyardigans."

"Kids' shows are one of the most watched TV genres on Prime Instant Video," Bill Carr, Amazon's vice president of digital video and music, said in a statement. "And this expanded deal will now bring customers the largest subscription selection of Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. TV shows online, anywhere."

Amazon Prime costs $79 per year and gives buyers free 2-day shipping on items they purchase from the e-tailer and other perks including free books for their Kindles and free access to the streaming movie/TV catalog.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 5 Jun 2013 22:16
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  • bhetrick

    Well, this is a nice plus.

    I've had Prime for a few years now; ever since I moved to a semi-rural area. To some it may seem expensive at $80 a year, but for me it pays for itself within a few months.

    With free 2 day shipping, free returns (yes, Amazon pays for UPS to come pick up my return)and no restocking fees, it pays for itself in the gas money I save.

    I just picked up a smart tv (also through Amazon) a couple months ago and have been using Prime instant videos a bit. Works great for me. And now that they're adding more... even better.

    6.6.2013 21:02 #1

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