Amazon announced Monday that it has landed a deal with Fox to bring thousands of movies and TV shows to the company’s Prime Instant Video streaming service. The deal means that Amazon can now offer some 11,000 streaming titles to Prime members, a 22% increase over what it had before.
In a statement, Amazon said that, “Fox titles available to Prime members will include contemporary movies such as, Speed, Mrs. Doubtfire, Doctor Dolittle, Last of the Mohicans, and Office Space,” apparently oblivious to the reality that not one of its examples could be defined as being a “contemporary movie.”
TV shows that are part of the deal include: 24, The X-Files, NYPD Blue, Arrested Development, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ally McBeal, and The Wonder Years, which is new to online streaming.
In addition to the 11,000 shows that are available through Prime Instant video, Amazon offers some 100,000 streaming titles on an á la carte basis. Prime Instant Video is considered a major attraction for Amazon Prime, a $79 per year service that offers unlimited two-day shipping in addition to the included streaming videos.
Unstated by Amazon, but assumed by everyone else, is that the deal will figure into the media event Amazon will be holding on Wednesday, September 28th. The company is expected to launch its own Android tablet at that event, and offering more streaming content to its device for Amazon Prime members would certainly be an added-value lure for the company.