Amazon, not content to be putting book stores out of business, is turning to the video streaming business. Aiming at stealing some of Netflix customers, the online giant has been buying up television programming.
- Beginning June 18, 2013 Amazon's Prime Instant Video will be the exclusive subscription service for streaming the all-new Season 3 of “Downton Abbey”, and later this year, no digital subscription service other than Prime Instant Video will offer any seasons of “Downton Abbey.” Quotes culled from Amazon press release.
- Amazon begins purchasing television pilots for 2013 (story courtesy of Deadline.com)
- Amazon works out a deal to partially fund the Stephen King series 'Under the Dome'. Allowing the streaming of episodes 4 days after they premiere on CBS (this summer).
- Amazon's Prime Instant Video service has further expanded their partnership with CBS. The streaming content of older seasons of CBS shows such Everybody Loves Raymond, the original Star Trek and I Love Lucy among others.
- Amazon unveiled news of exclusive rights to streaming episodes of FX's Justified. Per Amazon's press release the FX actioneer will be only available thru Amazon's video service.
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 150,000 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 37,000 movies and TV episodes selected from the full assortment available at Amazon Instant Video (per Amazon's Press Release).
Look for more content purchases to come as Amazon continues to attempt to gain dominance in the video streaming / download business.