Amazon Lands Fox Deal for Prime Instant Video

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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.




Well said, Bryan - by “contemporary movies” Amazon seems to mean “films from the 1990s.” Though the films are “contemporary” in the sense that they are from the same era, if not from the present era. Sort of like “contemporary films from the Clinton administration.”

“20th Century Fox” indeed.

I expect more purchases from Amazon’s war chest, but for now I’d say Netflix still has a better selection of 1980s films and TV.

Bryan Chaffin

Isn’t that the weirdest list of “contemporary movies” you’ve seen? smile


There certainly are a lot of college kids and 20-somethings scratching their heads at these ancient (to them) movies that were released when they were in diapers.

On the other hand, “contemporary” has different meanings depending on context. In visual art, that term can be used for art since the 70s (after the major “isms” faded out) or, more extreme but by no means uncommon, “contemporary” can refer to art post-World War 2.

Ross Edwards

Fox owns the rights to Star Wars.*  Until Star Wars streams, Fox can still be assumed to be waiting for “the real market leader” in broadband video delivery to emerge.  How that isn’t Apple is anyone’s guess, but here we are.

* For those who are unfamiliar with the franchise, Star Wars and its sequel The Empire Strikes Back were an amazing pair of movies from 1977 and 1980 that thrilled audiences then and still resonate now.  Both are well worth your time to watch.  A third film was released in 1983, but much like the third Godfather film, it failed to live up to expectations because of poor production decisions.  Rumors abound of more recent films in the series, but an exhaustive search by fans and collectors alike has turned up no evidence of anything else that can be considered a Star Wars film.

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