Amazon, EPIX Sign Agreement for More Prime Instant Video Content
September 5, 2012 11:31 AM
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This could give Amazon a real boost ahead of its Kindle Fire announcement this week
Amazon Prime Instant Video
just got a major boost in terms of selection due to a new agreement with EPIX.
Amazon and EPIX signed a multi-year licensing agreement to bring a whole new batch of new releases, original programs and classic titles to Amazon Prime Instant Video, which allows members to stream movies and TV shows for an annual fee of $79.
EPIX is partnered with studios like Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate, meaning many major films will now be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Some new titles include "The Avengers," "Paranormal Activity 2," "True Grit," "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Iron Man 2," "Kick Ass" and "Thor."
"We are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to expand the Prime Instant Video library for our customers. We have now more than doubled this selection of movies and TV episodes to over 25,000 titles in just under a year," said Bill Carr, Vice President of Video and Music at Amazon. "We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers such popular EPIX titles, many of which were just recently in theaters. We can tell from the data that our customers love watching movies on Prime Instant Video. We think customers will really enjoy watching new titles like The Avengers, Iron Man 2 and The Hunger Games on their Kindle Fire, PlayStation 3, Xbox, iPad or any of the other of the Amazon Instant Video compatible devices."
The move to try and get more licensing deals with Prime is likely because Amazon will soon be releasing a new line of
Kindle Fire tablets
. Users have the option to use the popular Prime Instant Video alternative, Netflix, but Amazon likely wants to move users toward its own services.
Updating the Kindle Fire
(adding external volume controls, a camera, new
mapping services via Nokia
, etc.) and having more to offer on Prime could really draw some new members.
Amazon Instant Video also recently
became available on the iPad
, meaning it has to appeal to Apple users as well.
Amazon is expected to
announce a new Kindle Fire as early as this week
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so let me get this straight....
9/6/2012 12:17:31 PM
netflix charges $8 a month ($96 per year); amazon charges $79 per year. yet somehow, these same content holders that don't want to play ball with netflix are now pushing content on a provider whose gross is going to--by definition--be smaller?
what's the catch? my guess is it's a giant conspiracy to force the consumers into having to fork over cash for 2 or more streaming services--just so that they can eek out more profits.
that's fine; i won't play ball. netflix has what i want right now and that's where i'll stay. if netflix loses that, then i'll jump ship in a heartbeat. i'm not about to pony up for what essentially is a cable-provider "bundling" service that costs me a benjamin per month.
RE: so let me get this straight....
9/7/2012 1:32:47 AM
$39 for students.
Netflix's sole income is from subscribers. Amazon has the other side of their Instant Video library that charges by the show/movie, and people who become accustomed to using that service will most likely choose that as their source for renting or buying a new release. The Prime is basically a loss leader to encourage more purchases (digital or not), and it seems to be working for them.. This probably allows them to put more money back into the licensing costs.
I like Amazon Prime
9/6/2012 4:19:56 PM
I've been using amazon prime for while and I consider the ability to watch movies and TV eps a bonus. I got it mainly to get free 2-day shipping on most products sold by amazon.
The quality of the instant video in HD is probably a bit below what you'd get with HBO or Showtime HD on FIOS but it has a decent selection. I find that it is more enjoyable to watch videos using my PS3 rather than the PC.
9/6/2012 11:58:01 PM
Amazon Prime Video, how about some subtitles? Now that would be a step forward.
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