Sunday, February 3, 2013

Kindle News: Amazon Prime Gets Exclusive 'Downton Abbey' Subscription for Streaming at no added cost for Prime members

PBS's Downton Abbey Season 3 to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Season 3

Amazon announced a deal with PBS Distribution for eventual exclusive subscription streaming of this series, which -- with Seasons 1 and 2 currently available on Prime Instant Video for the "most watched TV seasons of all time on the service" -- will bring the all-new Season 3 to Prime Program customers beginning June 18, 2013.

  Later this year, Amazon adds:
' no digital subscription service other than Prime Instant Video will offer any seasons of “Downton Abbey.”  Prime Instant Video will continue to be the exclusive subscription home through Season 4 and, if produced, Season 5 of “Downton Abbey.” '

  Brad Beale, Amazon's Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition emphasizes the draw of the show, saying that Downton Abbey is "the most popular TV series with Prime Instant Video customers ever."

  Those wanting to own the original UK version now though, can get the three seasons on DVD, Blu-Ray and digitally through the Instant Video feature.

For those who wonder what the program actually is, here's info on the Amazon Prime program.
  Instant viewing of the more than 36,000 movies and TV episodes* are now included in the program, which comes as a free 30-day trial with the purchase of new Kindles.  Prime members can stream these, commercial free and at no additional cost "on Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, among other devices."

  * Amazon adds that included are other favorites like “Downton Abbey,” “Fringe,” and “The West Wing” 'and blockbuster movies including “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” “Rango” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” '

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