Amazon inks a new deal with PBS

26 Jun


With today’s announcement of an extend deal with PBS, Amazon has dealt the latest blow in their continuing battle with Netflix to gain the upper hand in the competitive video streaming business. The deal will give Amazon the exclusive right to the third season of the popular drama “Downtown Abbey” that will be available on the Prime Network later on this year. The deal also includes “Masterpiece Theater”, the science & discovery series “Nova”, the highly acclaimed documentaries by Ken Burns along with some of PBS’s most popular kid’s shows.

“This deal is exciting for Prime members and particularly for those with families—this new deal combined with the recently announced Viacom deal brings some of the most popular kids programming to Prime Instant Video, making it the perfect place for the whole family to catch up on all their favorites,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “Not to mention, Downton Abbey is continually one of the most watched shows of all time on Prime Instant Video. Prime Instant Video will soon become the only video subscription service to exclusively offer all seasons, current and future, of Downton Abbey—something we know our customers will love.”

All of the kid’s programming that includes such favorites as “Caillou”, “Arthur”, “Daniels Tiger’s Neighborhood”, “Dinosaur Train” and “Wild Kratts” will be available on Kindle Fire’s FreeTime Unlimited that lets parents restrict their children’s account to age appropriate content. To get FreeTime Unlimited you don’t have to be a subscriber to the Prime Network but you will need the Kindle Fire HD. If you don’t have Prime the price for FreeTime Unlimited is $4.99 a month but if you do subscribe to the Prime Network the price drops to $2.99 a month.

The Prime Network cost $79 a year and gives you access to tens of thousands of movies and television shows, free 2-day shipping on thousand of items purchased at and hundreds of books that they can borrow for free from the Kindle library. For new customers of the Prime Network as well as customers that purchase a Kindle Fire for the first time you will get a free trial month of the Prime Network.


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