Various announcements out today about new deals for streaming video content. Certainly reinforces the point that robust competition is great for consumers. Amazon has a deal with Fox. Matt Burns has the announcement from Jeff Bezos:
Bezos: I have big news for Amazon Prime members – we’ve just signed a deal with FOX to add a broad selection of movies and TV shows to our unlimited instant streaming service later this fall. The new additions from the FOX library include 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and – available on digital video for the first time – The Wonder Years. We now have deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, and Warner Bros, and adding FOX will bring the total to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited instant streaming.
-Techcrunch, September 26, 2011
And Netflix, fresh off the controversial company split, has a deal with Dreamworks Animation though not until 2013. Brooks Barnes and Brian Stetler report for the NYT:
Netflix will begin streaming DreamWorks films starting in 2013. The studio plans three releases that year: “The Croods,” a prehistoric comedy; “Turbo,” about a garden snail; and “Peabody & Sherman,” an adaptation of “Rocky and Bullwinkle” characters. Titles from the DreamWorks library, including “Kung Fu Panda” and “Antz,” will become available over time, the companies said.
-New York Times, September 25, 2011