Amazon, Discovery Communications Partner For Video DealBy: Josh Wolford - March 14, 2012
Some of your favorite Discovery Channel and TLC shows are on their way to Amazon, as the online retailer has inked a deal with Discovery Communications to bring episodes from dozens of shows streaming to Amazon Prime members.
“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.”
Here’s what you’re going to get from this deal: Prior episodes from shows on the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, and the Science & Military Channel. This includes hits like Dirty Jobs and Say Yes to the Dress.
Amazon says that all of this new content is ready to go for Prime subscribers.
The new content joins Amazon’s collection of now 17,000 streaming videos available in the Prime Instant Video service. Prime member have access to these videos as well as about 120,000 other videos at no additional cost (Amazon Prime costs $79 a year).
This deal looks a lot like one that Discovery Communications made with Netflix back in September of 2011. Just like the Amazon agreement, Discovery Communications gave up only past seasons of shows from the whole swath of their networks.