The Amazon Prime subscription-based streaming movie library for Amazon Instant Video now includes more classic films like Rain Man, The Terminator, Dances With Wolves, and The Silence of the Lambs, along with a few popular TV series like Stargate SG-1 that weren’t offered before. This is thanks to a deal with mega-huge movie and TV studio MGM.
Amazon’s trying hard to interest people in its subscription-based video service and compete with Netflix; it also announced today that it’s adding a “Watch List” feature that functions in a similar way to Netflix’s Queue. The subscription service has some catching up with Netflix to do, but it’s making progress; Amazon is producing original TV series and films, and it just added the Nintendo Wii U and the Xbox 360 to its list of compatible devices for streaming in the living room.
This isn’t the only recent move by MGM, either; the studio announced plans to offer hundreds of films on YouTube and Google Play a couple of months ago.
Amazon has boasted of more than 17,000 movies and TV shows in the Amazon Prime library, but those video numbers are a bit misleading. Prime costs $79 per year if you’re interested, and it offers a few physical media-related bonuses in the rest of the Amazon store, like discounts on shipping and deals on books.
Source: Amazon (BusinessWire)