Amazon has once again made a serious push to improve their catalog of movies and television shows for Prime members. A new multi-year deal with cable channel EPIX will deliver nearly 3,000 more titles to the service, bringing the total number of Prime Instant Video offerings to over 25,000.
EPIX is owned and operated by three large production studios – Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Lionsgate. Members will now be able to stream popular new release films such as The Avengers, Iron Man 2, The Hunger Games, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Thor and Rango. Prime Instant Video will also carry favorites like Kick Ass, Paranormal Activity 2, True Grit, and The Lincoln Lawyer, just to name a few. Furthermore, Amazon will host some original programming like comedy specials and concerts such as Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell and Usher: Live from London.
Amazon says the new agreement will more than double the number of titles available through Prime Instant Video since the Kindle Fire was launched last September.
Last month Amazon signed a similar deal with NBC Universal to deliver poplar television shows like Parks and Recreation, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Heroes and Battlestar Galactica to the service. That deal followed two others before it this year, one with Discovery Network and another with Viacom that collectively added over 5,000 more titles.
The company continues to offer a free one-month trial of Amazon Prime. In addition to the streaming video perks, Prime members enjoy free two-day shipping or $3.99 overnight shipping on millions of items.
Amazon sent a wave crashing through the mobile industry when it announced its Kindle Fire would land with a price of $199. This is likely the best value in a tablet on the market, and will make tablet computing accessible to many people that either couldn't afford an iPad or couldn't tolerate Honeycomb tablets.
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