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Amazon sign digital video licensing deal with FOX

By Jane Fazackarley     Sep 27, 2011 in Business
Internet retailer Amazon has announced a licensing agreement with FOX which will allow members of its US Prime service to instantly stream movies and TV shows from the FOX catalogue.
Amazon’s Prime service is available to UK and US customers and enables them to get fast and free shipping; users of the service get a free one month trial then pay an annual fee of $79, £49 for UK customers.
Earlier this year, Amazon launched its Prime instant video service in the US which allows Prime members in the States to stream thousands of movie and TV shows. Amazon already has existing deals with companies such as Sony and NBCUniversal, Monday’s announcement means that they will be able to offer titles from 20th Century Fox.
The agreement with FOX means that US users of Amazon Prime can now access more than 11,000 titles. Among the new titles offered will be earlier classics like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and later titles will include Doctor Dolittle and Mrs Doubtfire. Users of the service will also be able to access their favourite TV shows with Arrested Development, 24 and Ally McBeal being made available for instant streaming.
Commenting on the agreement in a press release, Steve Oliver, director of Video at, said:
"We have received very positive feedback from Prime members about Prime instant videos. Customers love the instant access to thousands of movie and TV favorites.”
"Since the launch of Prime instant videos in February, we have more than doubled the library to 11,000 titles and will continue to add more of our customers' favorite movies and TV shows to Prime instant videos."
For those that do not have an Amazon Prime membership, Amazon offer an instant video service for customers and FOX offer a service that allows customers to watch full episodes of TV shows online. Details can be found here.
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