|By Business Wire
|February 1, 2013 11:43 AM EST
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing
agreement with PBS Distribution that will make Prime Instant Video the
exclusive subscription home for streaming the Carnival/MASTERPIECE
co-production “Downton Abbey.” Seasons 1 and 2 of the award-winning
series are currently available on Prime Instant Video, and are the most
watched TV seasons of all time on the service. Beginning June 18, 2013,
Prime Instant Video will be the exclusive subscription service for
streaming the all-new Season 3 of “Downton Abbey”, and later this year,
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.”
“Our Prime customers have spoken—they can’t get enough of the
MASTERPIECE CLASSIC series ‘Downton Abbey.’ The series is consistently
in our top most watched TV shows each week, making it the most popular
TV series with Prime Instant Video customers, ever,” said Brad Beale,
Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “Prime Instant
Video will soon be the exclusive subscription video streaming home for
For fans who want to own the original UK version now, all three seasons
of Downton Abbey are available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray on
Amazon.com, and digitally through Amazon Instant Video.
“Downton Abbey” is a Carnival/MASTERPIECE Co-Production and airs on PBS
stations nationwide. Produced by WGBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is the
longest-running and one of the most popular primetime drama series on
television. Since the premiere of “Downton Abbey, Season 1” on January
9, 2011, the critically acclaimed series has gained popularity across a
diverse audience and has been honored with nine Primetime Emmy Awards,
including Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Dame Maggie
Smith). It has also garnered a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries
and a Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series,
Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television (Dame Maggie Smith), a
Screen Actor's Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in
a Drama Series, a PGA (Producers’ Guild of America) Award and a TCA
(Television Critics Association) Award.
Prime Instant Video offers more than 36,000 movies and TV episodes
including fan-favorite shows such as “Downton Abbey,” “Fringe,” and
“The West Wing” and blockbuster movies including “Mission Impossible:
Ghost Protocol,” “Rango” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” for
Amazon Prime members to stream, commercial free 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. To sign up for Amazon
Prime, visit www.amazon.com/primeinstantvideo.
About Amazon Instant Video
Amazon Instant Video is a digital video streaming and download service
that offers Amazon customers the ability to rent, purchase or subscribe
to a huge catalog of videos. Customers can choose from more than 150,000
titles to purchase or rent and content ranges from new release movies to
classic favorites, major television shows, entire seasons, or even day
after air TV. Prime Instant Video is Amazon’s video subscription
offer—it includes more than 36,000 movies and TV episodes selected from
the full assortment available at Amazon Instant Video. This subscription
offer allows US Prime customers to stream as many titles from Prime
Instant Video as they like, at no additional cost.
Amazon 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 episodes 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.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle,
opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s
Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most
customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything
they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the
lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of
unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books;
Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home
& Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health &
Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web
Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to
in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end
technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any
type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the most-advanced e-reader ever
constructed with 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast, a patented
built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions, extra-long
battery life, and a thin and light design. The new latest generation
Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, now features new, improved
fonts and faster page turns. Kindle Fire HD features a stunning custom
high-definition display, exclusive Dolby audio with dual stereo
speakers, high-end, laptop-grade Wi-Fi with dual-band support,
dual-antennas and MIMO for faster streaming and downloads, enough
storage for HD content, and the latest generation processor and graphics
engine—and it is available in two display sizes—7” and 8.9”. The
large-screen Kindle Fire HD is also available with 4G wireless, and
comes with a groundbreaking $49.99 introductory 4G LTE data package. The
all-new Kindle Fire features a 20% faster processor, 40% faster
performance, twice the memory, and longer battery life.
Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com,
As used herein, “Amazon.com,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include
Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly
from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve
risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to
competition, management of growth, new products, services and
technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international
expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment and
data center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements,
acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system
interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments
and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect
Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual
Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.
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