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Amazon Prime Instant Video Ups Warner TV Content

17 Dec, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Amazon’s subscription video-on-demand service Dec. 17 said it signed license agreements with Turner Broadcasting System and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution enabling subs to stream all episodes from drama series “Falling Skies” and “The Closer.”

Warner Television and cable channel TNT are owned by Time Warner, which underscores the media giant's continued embrace of SVOD.

Amazon Prime Instant Video is free add-on to the $79 annual Prime membership that mandates two-day shipping on most ecommerce purchases. Prime Instant Video now features more than 30,000 movies and TV episodes to stream on Kindle Fire HD or hundreds of compatible devices, including iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Wii U. To start watching Prime Instant Video on the Web, go to www.amazon.com/PIV.

“Today’s agreements with TNT and Warner Bros. Domestic TV add two great TV series to Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “Falling Skies and The Closer are some of Turner’s most-watched and highly talked about series and we’re happy to offer them exclusively for Prime members to enjoy. Amazon Prime just got even better.”

“Falling Skies,” which ranked this year as basic cable's #1 summer drama with key demos, tells the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader in this gripping series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg.

TNT’s Warner Bros. Television-produced series “The Closer” is the only show in basic cable history to rank #1 for five consecutive years. Emmy-winner Kyra Sedgwick stars as Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, whose impeccable investigative and interrogation skills have resulted in countless confessions and convictions.

“Amazon has proven to be a terrific distribution platform for our popular television titles and we are confident that ‘The Closer’ will also meet with that same success,” said Ken Werner, president, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

“We are pleased to offer ‘Falling Skies’ to Amazon Prime members,” said Deborah Bradley, SVP of program acquisitions for Turner Broadcasting. “Subscription-on-demand services continue to grow in the consumer marketplace, and this deal represents a way to help expand our viewership from TV Everywhere and introduce a wider audience to this hit series.”

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