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Amazon’s LoveFilm Signs U.K. Streaming Deal With ABC TV

16 Jan, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

LoveFilm —– Amazon’s movie rental service in the United Kingdom — Jan. 16 said it signed an agreement with The Walt Disney Co. that enables members to stream episodes of popular primetime ABC television series.

Complete seasons of “Castle,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Happy Endings,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “Brothers & Sisters,” among others, will be available to subscription video-on-demand service, LoveFilm Instant, after their initial runs on pay and/or free TV channels.

“Today’s deal with Disney brings [LoveFilm members] access to some of the best American TV content ever produced,” LoveFilm CEO Simon Calver said in a statement.

Launched in December, LoveFilm Instant allows monthly streaming-only access for $7.64 (4.99 pounds) of content via Internet-connected devices, including the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iPad and Web-enabled TV sets and Blu-ray Disc players. A separate LoveFilm by Post service offers more than 70,000 movies and TV shows on DVD and Blu-ray to about 2 million subs throughout Western Europe.

Netflix this month launched streaming-only service in the United Kingdom and Ireland for $9.17 (5.99 pounds) a month.

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