Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has announced today that it has reached an agreement with NBC Universal and New Media Distribution, which will allow Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) to expand the content of its instant streaming video service. With this new agreement, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) will be able to offer hundreds of TV show episodes, from viewers favorite TV shows.
The titles of the shows are some of the most watched selections on Amazon’s site. They include shows like Parks and Recreation, The Starter Wife, and Battlestar Galactica. Amazon will also offer shows like Heroes, and other current attractions.
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According to The Next Web, Amazon claims to have over 22,000 movies and TV episodes for viewers to enjoy. These are found in the Prime Instant Video section of the site, and require a paid membership to view. These memberships are remarkably affordable if you like to watch movies on a regular basis, and in many cases it is a lot cheaper to subscribe to a service like this, rather than rent an individual movie or take your family to the theater.
The accessibility of the shows is another great feature. They may be accessed on Kindle Fire, Amazon’s tablet PC, as well as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad line, Roku, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Xbox 360 gaming system, and Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE)’s Playstation 3. By ,making the movies and shows available 24 hours per day on the web, Amazon has been able to compete with rivals such as Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and HuluPlus. The ease of streaming the movies is not only amazingly simple, but also does not require the user to store the movie on their device, which reduces the amount of memory taken up on the hard drive.
With this new agreement, Amazon is sure to attract even more viewers and it will be interesting to see how rivals compete with them in the future.