Amazon Announces Increased Prime Instant Video Selection via Digital Video License Agreement with Discovery Communications
-- Popular series from Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet and more now available; all Prime Instant Videos can be viewed by Prime members on Kindle Fire and hundreds of connected devices --
(Seattle, Wash.) Amazon.com, Inc. and Discovery Communications today announced a licensing agreement that will allow Amazon Prime members to stream prior seasons of hit series and specials from Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science and Military Channel, as well as content from the company's rich, 25-year programming library. Among the programs included in the agreement are Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, TLC's Say Yes To The Dress and Animal Planet's Whale Wars, in addition to other titles. Since the 2011 launch of Prime Instant Video, a subscription service of Amazon Instant Video, Amazon has added more than 12,000 titles to bring the total title count to more than 17,000.
"Discovery Communications has always been a leader in creating entertaining and enlightening programming for the entire family," said Brad Beale, director of video content acquisition for Amazon. "With the addition of this great content from Discovery Communications, Prime customers now have more than 17,000 titles to choose from when watching Prime Instant Video-that's in addition to the more than 120,000 titles that are offered to all customers for purchase or rent on Amazon Instant Video."
"Discovery Communications is committed to delighting audiences on all platforms supported by the right business model, and we are pleased to work with Amazon to help satisfy our existing viewers' curiosity and introduce new audiences to our engaging content," said Rebecca Glashow, Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution and Partnerships, Discovery Communications. "This library offering will be a wonderful complement to our current array of multi-channel video services and most importantly, a win for viewers."
About Amazon Instant Video
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 120,000 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 a subset of more than 17,000 videos selected from the full assortment available at Amazon Instant Video. This subscription offer allows US Prime customers to stream as many Prime Instant Videos as they like, at no additional cost.
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About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 200 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 144 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.