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Amazon Prime Inks Streaming Deal With A+E Networks

4 Jan, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Amazon secures rights Netflix lost in September

Amazon Prime Instant Video Jan. 4 said it signed content license agreements with A+E Networks adding prior seasons of series from A&E, The Biography Channel, The History Channel and Lifetime to its subscription video-on-demand portfolio.

Amazon Prime is the e-commerce behemoth’s $79 annual membership program offering two-day shipping on purchases and free SVOD access to more than 33,000 titles.

The license agreements come after Netflix lost streaming rights to the programs in September.

“In a year we have more than doubled the Prime Instant Video selection for our Prime members,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. “We remain focused on adding TV episodes and movies to Prime Instant Video that we think our customers will enjoy. A+E Networks has some of the most popular shows on television and we know our customers will love streaming the A+E content with Prime Instant Video.”

The deal with A+E Networks also includes TV episodes from “Pawn Stars,” “Storage Wars” and “Dance Moms,” which are available for purchase through Amazon Instant Video.

While Amazon doesn’t disclose Prime membership numbers or what it spends licensing content, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings last November suggested the SVOD rival was losing $500 million to $1 billion annually on the service.

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