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Amazon, PBS Ink Streaming Deal for Civil War Drama 'Mercy Street'

14 Jan, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Josh Radnor in “Mercy Street”

Amazon and PBS Jan. 14 announced an in-season content licensing agreement to enable Prime Instant Video subscribers in the United States access to new PBS original series "Mercy Street" seven days after broadcast on PBS stations.

In addition, subs today can stream the first episode of the Civil War-era drama series on Amazon Video at no cost, starting three days before its broadcast premiere, via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices or mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo. Prime members can also download the series for offline viewing on compatible iOS, Android and Fire devices at no additional cost.

Based on both historical and composite characters, “Mercy Street” stars Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”) as Dr. Jedediah Foster, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as nurse Mary Phinney, Gary Cole (“Veep,” “The Good Wife”) as James Green Sr., Norbert Leo Butz (“Bloodline”) as Dr. Byron Hale, Tara Summers (“You’re The Worst,” “Boston Legal”) as nurse Anne Hastings, Peter Gerety (Syriana, Charlie Wilson’s War) as Chief Surgeon Alfred Summers, and Anna Sophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries, The Bridge to Terebithia) as Alice Green.

The six-episode Civil War series premieres on PBS stations Jan. 17, directly following “Downton Abbey” on Masterpiece.

“Prime members love PBS period dramas like 'Downton Abbey' and 'Mr. Selfridge,' and fans of those great shows are going to really enjoy 'Mercy Street,'” Brad Beale, VP of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, said in a statement. “Prime members have valued having in-season access to shows like CBS’s 'Extant' and 'Under the Dome,' and we’re thrilled to provide even more in-season availability with 'Mercy Street.'”

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