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Disney Licenses Older Shows to Amazon’s Video Streaming Service

November 01, 2011

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Walt Disney Co., owner of the ABC TV network and Disney Channel, will license a limited number of its older TV shows to Amazon’s Prime streaming video service, the world’s biggest Internet retailer said in a statement.

Disney will license more than 800 episodes of such shows as ABC’s “Lost” and “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Phineas and Ferb” from its Disney Channel. The titles will be available for the holidays, Amazon’s director of video content acquisition, said in the statement. The service will have almost 13,000 episodes by early next year, he said.

The newly licensed Disney content will be available on more than 300 devices, including Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the company said. The movies are only available to consumers who pay $79 a year for Amazon’s Prime delivery service. Amazon didn’t give terms for the agreement.

Disney also extended its agreement with Netflix to add older movies and TV shows for that service as well, according to a separate statement. Episodes from Disney and ABC series will be made available to Netflix 30 days after the final episode of each season airs, according to that statement.

--Editors: Rob Golum, Frank Longid

To contact the reporter on this story: Ronald Grover in Los Angeles at rgrover5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net


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