Amazon Prime Scores More TV With Viacom Deal

Instant Video selections streamed for free by Prime members

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 8, 2012 11:12 AM CST

(Newser) – Another blow to Netflix? Amazon.com announced today that it will increase the number of Instant Video selections that Amazon Prime members can stream for free. The new partnership with Viacom will add TV episodes from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, and more networks, bringing the total number of Prime Instant Videos to more than 15,000. In short, it means that Amazon Prime members will soon be able to watch past episodes of Jersey Shore for free.

Other highlights from the new shows that will be added over the next several months: The Hills, Chappelle's Show, Hot in Cleveland, and a number of children's shows, including Yo Gabba Gabba. Amazon Prime members can watch the free videos on Kindle Fire and more than 300 other devices, according to the press release. Engadget notes that prior to the Viacom partnership, Amazon offered around 13,000 movies and TV shows Prime members to stream for free.

The logo for Amazon.com is displayed at a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 in New York.
The logo for Amazon.com is displayed at a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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