Amazon quietly announced a huge deal with Fox Broadcasting Company over the weekend. Posting directly on Amazon.com, CEO Jeff Bezos brought the big news to Prime subscribers who will now have unlimited access to an additional 11,000 movies and TV shows. These are huge titles, too: The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24, Arrested Development, and The Wonder Years. Yep, you can now stream the adventurers of Kevin Arnold through Amazon’s Prime Instant Video.
I have big news for Amazon Prime members – we’ve just signed a deal with FOX to add a broad selection of movies and TV shows to our unlimited instant streaming service later this fall. The new additions from the FOX library include 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and – available on digital video for the first time – The Wonder Years. We now have deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, and Warner Bros, and adding FOX will bring the total to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited instant streaming.
These new additions prop up Amazon’s Netflix competitor rather nicely. Besides The Wonder Years, which Amazon is streaming exclusively, Netflix should have a good chunk of these new titles. This isn’t a bad thing as Amazon doesn’t necessarily need exclusive content to counter Netflix. Amazon’s Prime Instant Video simply needs more content and deals like this one.
Amazon launched Prime Instant Video last February and has steadily added new content. The service offers all-you-can-watch unlimited streaming for $79.99 a year, which works out to $6.64 a month verse Netflix’s $7.99. However, besides the access to unlimited streaming, the $79.99 a year charge nets buyers free 2-day shipping and $3.99 one day shipping. With strong platform support, and now 11k titles from Fox, Amazon Prime Instant Video is looking rather tasty.