Amazon Gets More 'Prime' BBC Programming14 Apr, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Amazon and BBC Worldwide April 14 announced they have entered into a license agreement for the former’s Prime Instant Video subscription streaming service.
Under the deal, Amazon’s 2 million Prime U.K. subscribers (formerly LoveFilm Instant) will have unlimited streaming access to past seasons of “Sherlock,” “Doctor Who,” “Life on Mars,” “Last Tango in Halifax,” “Call the Midwife,” “The Office,” (British version), “Absolutely Fabulous,” “Outnumbered,” “Red Dwarf” and “Top Gear,” among others.
The service last month signed a license deal with Starz for SVOD rights to pirate series “Black Sails.”
Amazon Prime last week said it had surpassed Hulu Plus and Apple TV in the United States in terms of bandwidth usage.
The domestic service in March announced it inked a content licensing agreement with BBC Worldwide North America making Prime Instant Video the exclusive SVOD service home for the first and future seasons of the drama series “Orphan Black.”
The Canadian sci-fi series, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical women, returns to BBC America for the second season April 19.