Amazon Inks A+E Networks Content Licensing Deal To Beef Up Prime Instant Video Service: Now Showing 33,000+ Movies, TV Episodes

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Amazon has inked another content licensing deal to beef up its Prime Instant Video streaming and download service for members of its pay monthly Prime service. The deal is with A+E Networks and means Amazon Prime members will be able to access prior seasons of “popular series” from the A&E, bio, HISTORY and Lifetime channels — including Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and Dance Moms.

The ecommerce behemoth said it plans to continue to beef up the Prime Instant Video service by adding more content, noting that it has more than doubled the content offering in a year. Back in August Amazon added ESPN’s 30 for 30 series — and at that time said the total number of movies and TV episodes available via Prime Instant Video was 22,000. That figure has now risen to more than 33,000.

Prime Instant Video content can be streamed on Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD tablet — or any of the “hundreds of compatible devices” also supported, including Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Wii U.

Amazon’s release follows below:

Previous Seasons of Popular Shows from A&E, bio, HISTORY and Lifetime now available on Prime Instant Video — all Prime Instant Videos can be viewed by Prime members on Kindle Fire and hundreds of other connected devices

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with A+E Networks to add prior seasons of popular series from A&E, bio, HISTORY and Lifetime to the Prime Instant Video service. Prime Instant Video now features more than 33,000 movies and TV episodes for Amazon Prime members to stream instantly, at no additional cost, on Kindle Fire HD or any of the hundreds of compatible Amazon Instant Video devices, including iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Wii U. To start watching Prime Instant Video, visit www.amazon.com/PIV.

“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 will bring Prime customers more TV episodes from some of their highest rated television programming including Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and Dance Moms, which are also available for purchase through Amazon Instant Video.

About Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Instant Video is a digital video streaming and download service that offers Amazon customers the ability to rent, purchase or subscribe to a huge catalog of videos. Customers can choose from more than 145,000 titles to purchase or rent and content ranges from new release movies to classic favorites, major television shows, entire seasons, or even day after air TV. Prime Instant Video is Amazon’s video subscription offer—it includes more than 33,000 movies and TV episodes selected from the full assortment available at Amazon Instant Video. This subscription offer allows US Prime customers to stream as many titles from Prime Instant Video as they like, at no additional cost.

About Prime

Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $79 a year that offers customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items including books, home and garden products, electronics, video games, clothing, and much more. Amazon Prime members also get access to unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV episodes and access to hundreds of thousands of books to borrow for free, as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates from a Kindle device. Customers who receive free Prime shipping benefits through our Amazon Student or Amazon Mom programs can upgrade to an annual paid membership to receive Amazon Prime’s digital benefits.

About A+E Networks™

A+E Networks is an award-winning global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites to DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks is comprised of A&E®, HISTORY®, HISTORY en Espaňol™, Military HISTORY®, H2™, Lifetime®, LMN™, LRW™, bio®, Crime & Investigation Network®, A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International™, A+E Networks Digital™ and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. A+E Networks channels and branded programming reach more than 300 million households in over 150 countries. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television and Hearst Corporation.