January 4, 2013, 5:10 PM

Amazon cozies up to Hollywood

Amazon signs a streaming content deal with A+E Television Networks.

Paul Demery

Managing Editor, B2B E-commerce

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Amazon.com Inc. continues to build out its Internet streaming video service. A deal announced today with A+E Television Networks brings its total number of streaming videos offered through the Amazon Prime shipping service to more than 33,000, Amazon says.

“In a year we have more than doubled the Prime Instant Video selection for our Prime members,” says Brad Beale, Amazon’s director of Digital Video Content Acquisition. “We remain focused on adding TV episodes and movies to Prime Instant Video that we think our customers will enjoy.”

Amazon Prime is an annual membership program that, for $79 a year offers consumers free two-day shipping on millions of products sold on Amazon.com as well as unlimited streaming of the more than 33,000 movies and TV episodes available in the Amazon Prime Instant Video service. Amazon also offers as a non-subscription service Amazon Instant Video, which lets consumers choose among more than 145,000 video titles to purchase or rent through video streaming or downloads; the videos offered through Amazon Prime are a subset of the Amazon Instant Video library.

The licensing deal with A+E Networks adds to Amazon’s streaming video library prior seasons of television series from A+E Networks channels A&E, bio, History Channel and Lifetime.
The Amazon Prime service lets members stream videos at no  additional charge to hundreds of compatible viewing devices, including Amazon’s own Kindle Fire HD tablet, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStatin 3 and the Wii U.

Amazon is No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500.

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