Amazon Prime to Offer Hundreds of Classic MGM Movies, TV Shows


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Variety is the the spice of life, they say, and thanks to a new deal struck up with MGM Studios, Amazon Prime members will be enjoying that spice soon as the online company will now be providing members with more video content, including hundreds of classic movies and television shows from MGM's vault.

“Our customers tell us they love having tons of movies and TV shows to choose from, which is why we are focused on adding even more titles to our already extensive Prime Instant Video library,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon.

Some of titles listed by Beale include The Silence of the Lambs, Dances with Wolves, Rain Man, and The Terminator. Typically, when the term "classic" is affixed to television shows or movies, I think black-and-white, Humphrey Bogart- and Rita Hayworth-era types of videos and not movies that were made within my lifetime, but I suppose some may regard these selections as "modern classics." Or, it's a sign that I'm getting old.

The new MGM videos will be available on any Amazon Instant Video-supported device as well as on the Kindle Fire. Last month, Amazon announced that Prime Instant Video would be available for streaming on Xbox for all Xbox Live Gold memberships. Amazon also recently partnered with several studios to offer its "Never Before on DVD" store that offers titles that have never been released on DVD although some of those titles will also be available for streaming via Prime Instant Video.

Amazon Prime Instant Video boasts over 18,000 movies and television episodes to members and today's announcement offers yet more proof that Amazon is striving to compete against Netflix in the online video market.