Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 27-09-2011
Amazon.com has announced an online video licencing agreement with FOX that will allow Amazon Prime members to instantly stream a broad selection of popular movies and TV shows from the FOX library.
While new releases are not included in the deal (the TV rights for that are reserved for Hulu Plus), this deal will bring the total number of Prime instant videos to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows later this fall. It is thought also that the content announcement will be complemented with the imminent launch of an Amazon tablet that will face off with the iPad and Android devices launch ,
FOX titles available to Prime members will include older movies like Speed, Mrs. Doubtfire, Doctor Dolittle, Last of the Mohicans and Office Space, as well as classics like The Longest Day, All About Eve, 9 to 5 and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. FOX also brings to Prime members a selection of popular TV series including 24, The X-Files, NYPD Blue, Arrested Development, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ally McBeal, and the newly available The Wonder Years.
Since the launch of Prime instant videos in February, Amazon has more than doubled the library to 11,000 titles, and has pledged to continue adding content. To date, Amazon has secured licencing deals from partners such as CBS, FOX, NBCUniversal, Sony and Warner Bros.
It is however unlikely that many current releases will come to Prime, which is a second-tier type of offering for Amazon.