In their ongoing battle to gain subscriptions in the video streaming market Seattle-based online giant Amazon has inked a deal with Sony Pictures. The deal will gives Amazon the exclusive rights to stream the high popular show “Justified” that is currently in its 4th season on the FX network. The deal also includes the non-exclusive rights to stream “The Shield” that ran on the FX network from 2002-2008.
“We have a great relationship with Amazon and we’re excited to give fans more opportunities to view these two great dramas,” said John Weiser, President of US Distribution for Sony Pictures Television. “We know Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service is the ideal platform for viewers to see their favorite episodes of these critically acclaimed series and to also open the show up to new audiences who we know will quickly get hooked on them.”
The deal with Sony is the third deal for Amazon this month. Previously this month the Seattle-based giant inked deals with PBS for the exclusive rights to stream the widely popular British drama “Downtown Abbey” and with CBS for the exclusive rights to stream the science fiction series “Under the Dome”. The CBS deal was later expanded to include the non-exclusive rights to stream such favorites as “Undercover Boss”, “America's Next Top Model”, “Everyone Loves Raymond” and “United States of Tara”.
These deals are only the latest to be added to the over 2,500 movies and television show that Prime members gain access to with their $79 annual fee. Along with streaming video that same Prime membership includes 2 day shipping and access to Amazon's library where a number of book are free for members to borrow with no due date. For those that don't already subscribe to Prime you can still watch these television shows by paying a low fee of $1.99 an episode.
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