Amazon Prime Grabs ‘Justified’ Streaming Rights26 Feb, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
SVOD service also lands ‘The Shield’ catalog from FX Networks
Amazon Feb. 26 said it secured exclusive SVOD rights to FX Network’s Kentucky-based Western crime drama, “Justified,” starring Timothy Olyphant and based on an Elmore Leonard short story, “Fire in the Hole.”
Amazon Prime Instant Video also secured the rights to FX’s defunct LAPD crime drama, “The Shield,” starring Michael Chiklis and Walter Goggins (who also stars in “Justified”), among others. Both series come from Sony Pictures Television, one of the largest producers of episodic programming.
"Justified" bowed in 2010 and debuted the first episode of season four Jan. 8. Seasons one through three will be available on Amazon Prime.
Prime Instant Video offers more than 37,000 movies and TV episodes for Amazon Prime loyalty members to stream at no additional cost on Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, among other devices.
Amazon Prime, which offers free second-day shipping on most purchases for a $79 annual fee, includes free streaming access to TV shows and movies. It is considered Netflix's biggest competitor in the United States.
“'Justified' and 'The Shield' are two fan-favorites on Amazon,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. “We’re consistently looking for ways to make Prime even better — and one of the ways we’re doing that is adding shows like these that we know customers love.”
Indeed, Amazon said transactional VOD revenue for single episodes of “Justified” prompted securing SVOD rights to the series. Prime members have exclusive access to PBS’ “Downton Abbey” and “Falling Skies.”
Amazon previously announced it would have SVOD rights to midsummer CBS series “Under the Dome.”