(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.com today announced an expanded content licensing agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ( MGM), making the epic series Vikings available on Prime Instant Video. Amazon’s video streaming subscription customers in the UK and Germany have already been enjoying the hit drama series since it exclusively came to LOVEFiLM – Amazon’s European film and TV series subscription service—in May. Vikings premiered on HISTORY in the U.S. and was the #1 new cable series in 2013.
Today’s announcement also brings with it a number of great MGM films, including Oscar-winning titles like Fargo, Platoon and Annie Hall, along with fan favorites like Hotel Rwanda and Hoosiers for Prime members to instantly stream on hundreds of compatible devices anytime, anywhere.
“We’re excited that Prime Instant Video is now the video subscription home of Vikings, a series we know our customers love in both the U.S. and abroad,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “Adding a collection of great MGM films, along with Vikings, is an example of how we’re continuously working to offer our Prime members some of the best content available anywhere.”
"MGM is thrilled to further our relationship with Amazon by offering the epic series Vikings, as well as titles from MGM's library with Amazon Prime members," said John Bryan, President, Domestic Television Distribution, MGM. "We are always looking for opportunities to bring our content to new audiences in innovative ways, which is exactly what this partnership delivers."Prime Instant Video is the exclusive online subscription home for PBS series Downton Abbey, the CBS summer blockbuster series Under the Dome, with each episode added just four days after initial broadcast, and other hit TV series including Justified, Falling Skies, Grimm, Suits and Covert Affairs. Prime Instant Video also offers an exclusive collection of kids shows from Nick Jr. that customers won’t find anywhere else including favorites like Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Blue’s Clues, and The Backyardigans. Debuting this fall, Amazon’s first original series Alpha House and Betas can be found exclusively on Prime Instant Video as well. About Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video Amazon Instant Video offers over 150,000 movies and TV episodes for customers to rent or purchase and enjoy on Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, among other connected TVs and devices. Prime Instant Video, Amazon’s video subscription offering, enables Prime members to watch tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost to their Prime membership. For more information about Prime Instant Video, visit www.amazon.com/primeinstantvideo. About Amazon Prime Amazon Prime is the best bargain in the history of shopping. Prime is an annual membership program for $79 a year that offers customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items including books, home and garden products, electronics, video games, clothing, and much more. Amazon Prime members also get access to unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows and access to hundreds of thousands of books to borrow for free, as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates from a Kindle device. Customers who receive free Prime shipping benefits through our Amazon Student or Amazon Mom programs can upgrade to an annual paid membership to receive Amazon Prime’s digital benefits.