Amazon teams up with Epix to add thousands of movies to Prime Instant Video

Amazon's Prime Instant Video selection has been lacking in content, but this is set to change with a multi-year deal with Epix in the US. The America premium television and on-demand service are teaming up with Amazon to bring movies from Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Lionsgate to the service, which will add popular movies such The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Thor, Iron Man 2, Kick Ass, and True Grit. The agreement between the two companies means that Prime Instant Video will double in the number of titles available, which puts it at over 25,000 movies and TV episodes.

On the deal, Bill Carr, Vice President of Video and Music at Amazon said:

We are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to expand the Prime Instant Video library for our customers. We have now more than doubled this selection of movies and TV episodes to over 25,000 titles in just under a year. We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers such popular EPIX titles, many of which were just recently in theaters. We can tell from the data that our customers love watching movies on Prime Instant Video. We think customers will really enjoy watching new titles like The Avengers, Iron Man 2 and The Hunger Games on their Kindle Fire, PlayStation 3, Xbox, iPad or any of the other of the Amazon Instant Video compatible devices.

Mark Greenberg, President and CEO of Epix also commented on the deal:

We are excited to be working with Amazon and to bring our compelling content to Amazon Prime and Kindle Fire customers," said Mark Greenberg, President and CEO of EPIX. "This partnership is yet another great example of EPIX's ability to broaden our reach through a digital platform, underscoring the incredible value of the EPIX content offering.

Amazon Prime has an annual membership of $79 a year which gives customers access to unlimited instant streaming of movies and TV episodes, plus access to tens of thousands of books and unlimited free two-day shipping on millions of items.

Source: Amazon Media Room

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Yeah, I was hyped until I saw 99.99% of what was added comes with an additional price. Just what I need - pay $79 a year so I can pay $1.99 - $5.00 a movie instead of hitting the redbox which is 200 yards from my house for $1.25 a movie.

What a massive rip-off.

Well some things are are free on Prime like the 1st season of something. Or the first EP of this Season. While it is free, it's not as free as they would like you to believe.

warwagon said,
Well some things are are free on Prime like the 1st season of something. Or the first EP of this Season. While it is free, it's not as free as they would like you to believe.

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Shane Nokes said,

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I mean, ok they might give you all but the latest season. Which is cool. But they make it sound like you get everything free.

warwagon said,
Well some things are are free on Prime like the 1st season of something. Or the first EP of this Season. While it is free, it's not as free as they would like you to believe.

If the season is under Prime Instant Video then you dont pay extra to watch. You have to wait for the other seasons to be put on Prime. Also, the first episodes of new show are usually free for everyone and not just Prime members.

warwagon said,

I mean, ok they might give you all but the latest season. Which is cool. But they make it sound like you get everything free.

Not at all. They clearly show what you get & what you don't get. Almost no service has the current season available. The rare exception was when Netflix had Heroes running just a few days behind airing. Hulu of course is the big exception, but that's because that is Hulu's business model.

perochan said,
nice. i cancelled netflix because amazon prime instant video has almost the same contents.

seriously??? if you have used it you wont say that... more than half of the movies are very old movies(50s 60 and 70s) and not a lot of collects at all... with these added you can watch for a week. after that you are left with nothing. i just watched few movies now but I may be out soon.

When i used Netflix a month ago it had more collection than amazon and new movies get added

techbeck said,
Hmmm, may have to switch from Netflix.

seriously dont!! netflix still is better.. i can see these movies in the collection now but the movies listed here are the only good movies i can see. and the rest are some unpopular and not so good movies.

Well I'm jealous. Meanwhile, here in the UK, we're left with a pathetic streaming service from LoveFilm (an Amazon subsidiary). If Amazon improved the latter (both in terms of content and streaming video quality) and bundled a subscription with Prime, I would gladly hand my money over to them.