Netflix loses Fox series '24' to Amazon

Today, Amazon has announced that they have secured the streaming rights to eight seasons of the award winning series, 24. As part of a licensing agreement between Twentieth Century Fox, Amazon Instant Prime video streaming service will have the exclusive online streaming rights for all 192 episodes of the series. Amazon Prime members will also have access to the made for TV movie, 24: Redemption. This news coincides with the release of the new 24 series that is set to debut on May 5th, titled 24: Live Another Day. Amazon will also have exclusive streaming rights to the new series later this year.

The news of the exclusive rights to the series comes on the heels of an announcement last week that Netflix would be losing streaming rights to the acclaimed series. The fight for content has become a vital and key point for streaming services.

While Netflix has struggled to retain some of its streaming content, it has combated this by producing high quality original content like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Amazon, Hulu Plus, and other streaming services have also made efforts to increase original content in the midst of increasing costs of streaming rights. Despite Amazon's increase in pricing it has continued to add value to the subscription service that includes free two-day shipment options, discounted one day delivery, and access to the growing online streaming catalog. 

Source: Variety via Amazon | Image via Fox 

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What Timi Cantisano (the author of this post) has failed to mention that Amazon's video service also has high quality original content in their portfolio as well as a number of exclusives as well.

I've been a member of the lot

Lovefilm
Hulu
Netflix
Now TV
Amazon Prime

There isn't one solution which gives me everything I want, plus content keeps moving between them all. In the end, I decided to keep netflix and pirate the stuff I can't watch legally.

I'm of the same opinion. I have a UK Sky subscription, which usually is enough, until they started putting some good quality programming online. I started with Netflix, and that was great for a while, but then another program went to another company, and a different program went somewhere else, and it's now just a case of having to have about 6 or 7 different subscriptions p/m to watch decent programming.
Sorry exec folk. I'm a Netflix subscriber. Anything that isn't on there, I'm going straight onto PirateBay for. I'm not having my pockets bled dry for your exclusive deals. And if the backlash is about "how pirating is damaging the industry and we wont make any more programs", I'll take my chances.

tytytucke said,
This is why I have to pirate content, because all the exclusive bull****

Indeed, the sad truth is piracy is just more convininent.

Right! plus I couldn't imagine someone paying for big 3 streaming services to get the exclusive content. It would probably cost as much as a common cable bill. Then you lose convenience having 3 different services. That'd be ridiculous.

Now a lot of people are moving away from cable/satellite for a reason. All the content with no convenience at a bad price.

timicantisano said,
I couldnt get past the first season. Im always willing to try again.

I like it. Its not particularly cerebral, and the tech terminology they use is infuriating (e.g. "terrorists are going to try and hack the Internet ") but I think it is good fun to watch.

Oh cheers. Not that I watch 24, but the idea of this "cabletv-like" competition on streaming is just going to make streaming horrible and push people back to pirating.

And Amazon is Credit Card only... Good luck getting customers in Europe. Thanks for excluding us... *sighs*

I feel like what we see on cable right now will reflect streaming services in 2-5 years time... Except instead of "packages" you will need to "subscribe" to Netflix and Amazon and someone else to get everything...

If Amazon starts to buy over shows from Netflix then I don't see how Netflix can compete, Amazon has the deeper pockets between the two.

Actually Amazon has already done this. I was quite bummed when they bought out the streaming rights for Downton Abbey. Netflix can still send out the D.A. discs, but lost the ability to provide on-demand, online viewing of the show when Amazon outbid them. It wasn't just a matter of Amazon getting the ability to 'also' stream D.A. along with Netflix, they paid enough to gain exclusive rights. Meanwhile, the public continues to get screwed as the studios make these bizarre licensing deals in their money games. If any of us want to watch whatever we want it's a matter of paying for cable, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes, etc., etc. Those moronic studio execs whine about the tiny, insignificant number of torrent users but they fail to acknowledge the documented studies showing the general public is very willing to pay a reasonable amount for good content that's easily accessible.

svim said,
Actually Amazon has already done this. I was quite bummed when they bought out the streaming rights for Downton Abbey. Netflix can still send out the D.A. discs, but lost the ability to provide on-demand, online viewing of the show when Amazon outbid them. It wasn't just a matter of Amazon getting the ability to 'also' stream D.A. along with Netflix, they paid enough to gain exclusive rights. Meanwhile, the public continues to get screwed as the studios make these bizarre licensing deals in their money games. If any of us want to watch whatever we want it's a matter of paying for cable, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes, etc., etc. Those moronic studio execs whine about the tiny, insignificant number of torrent users but they fail to acknowledge the documented studies showing the general public is very willing to pay a reasonable amount for good content that's easily accessible.

Yeah, video is such a licensing mess, on the one hand I'm bummed because I can't get any of these (mostly US only) video streaming services but on the other hand I'm kind of glad that I'm not sucked into spending more money. Until there's one video service that really has a global service that can target my area and a good price I'll stay away and get my movies/tv shows by other means.

Unless things have changed, Amazons Streaming service stinks. The Video quality is less and the search functions are horrible.

The search is one of the main reasons I DONT use the service, quality seems fine, usually starts horrible but kicks into decent after a few minutes.

I haven't read anything good about Amazon service. DVD quality streaming and most everything will cost you extra. Also interface made by an idiot.

I think it is because the music industry has done the best at adapting its business model to the online world. This was no doubt spurred on by piracy. Music has never been cheaper than it is today. It is one of the few things I can think of being more expensive when I was a teenager (typical new CD was like $16) compared to today (typical album is like $9 - $12) completely ignoring inflation.

I won't be dropping my Netflix sub, or be getting an Amazon one, so I guess its just the studio's who lose, because they won't be getting paid for me as a subscriber to 24.