Amazon announced in a press release today, “an expansion of a licensing agreement with PBS Distribution that will allow Amazon Prime members to instantly stream, at no additional cost, current and archived PBS programming”. This will bring their count up to 12,000 videos by the end of the year.
Amazon Prime is an annual membership program made available by Amazon.com. It’s similar to a membership in a wholesale club, like Sam’s, for instance. For a $79 fee, members are able to get free two-day shipping on millions of items at Amazon.com. Recently, they have started providing Prime Instant Videos, which gives their members unlimited access to certain movies and TV shows online.
Seeking to compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu, Amazon Prime continues to add to its video collection. Back in September, they were able to secure a deal with Twentieth Century Fox. The PBS agreement adds shows like NOVA, Masterpiece and Antiques Roadshow. They will also be adding several PBS news programs and the ever popular cooking show, The French Chef, hosted by Julia Child.
I believe that this will be a welcomed addition to Amazon Prime. This service seems to be gaining momentum. Hopefully the service will receive a boost from those who recently purchased their Kindle Fire. All Kindle Fire customers receive 3 months of Amazon Prime for free. Amazon better make a good showing while they have this captive audience.
What about you? Have you ordered your Kindle Fire yet? Do you think you will give Amazon Prime a try?