(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with BBC Worldwide North America that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for streaming Season One and future seasons of the intriguing dramatic thriller Orphan Black. The highly regarded series returns to BBC AMERICA on Saturday, April 19, at 9:00 p.m. ET, allowing Prime members plenty of time to enjoy past episodes on hundreds of connected devices anytime, anywhere before the series continues.
Orphan Black stars Golden Globe-nominee Tatiana Maslany as an outsider who assumes the identity of a woman who looks just like her after witnessing her suicide—only to realize that she and the dead woman are clones. Maslany was awarded the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, and a Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance for her work in the series. Orphan Black was created by award-winning director John Fawcett and award-winning writer Graeme Manson, and also stars award-winning actress Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S.), Dylan Bruce (Paul Dierden), Jordan Gavaris (Felix Dawkins), Kevin Hanchard (Detective Art Bell), and Skyler Wexler (Kira). Orphan Black is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC AMERICA and Bell Media’s Space and is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide North America.
“ Orphan Black is exactly the type of smart, suspenseful TV show that our customers love to binge on,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “It’s easy to see why Tatiana Maslany was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Orphan Black. We’re excited to offer the first and future seasons exclusively to Prime members at no additional cost, continuing our tradition of offering a wide variety of great content we know our customers will enjoy.”
“Prime Instant Video continues to be a great platform for viewers to enjoy our content, and we’re very pleased to make it the exclusive online streaming provider for every season of Orphan Black, starting with Season One ,” said Matt Forde, EVP Sales & Co-Productions for BBC Worldwide North America. “Temple Street Productions along with Graeme Manson and John Fawcett have created an addictive, edge-of-your-seat series and now is the perfect time for subscribers to get on board and catch up on Season One before the series returns to BBC AMERICA in April.”Prime Instant Video Exclusives Prime Instant Video is the exclusive online-only subscription home for PBS series Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, FX drama The Americans, CBS summer blockbuster series Under the Dome and later this summer, Extant, along with hits like Veronica Mars, Justified, Falling Skies, Grimm, Workaholics, Suits, Covert Affairs and many others. Prime Instant Video also offers an exclusive collection of kids shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. that customers won’t find on any other online-only subscription service, including favorites like SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Blue’s Clues, and The Bubble Guppies. Airing now, Amazon’s first original series Alpha House and Betas can be found exclusively on Prime Instant Video as well. Customers can enjoy Prime Instant Videos on hundreds of compatible Amazon Instant Video devices including Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation and the Wii. Prime Instant Video is the only U.S. online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on a plane, on vacation, and anywhere else where you may not have Wi-Fi. Customers can download tens of thousands of Prime Instant Videos to their new Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Fire HDX.