(By Balaseshan) Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is planning to bring classic series and hit TV shows from CBS Corp.'s (NYSE: CBS) Television Distribution and Showtime Networks to its Prime Instant Video service.
CBS and Amazon announced an expanded content licensing agreement, which extend the already vast catalog of CBS content available for Prime members to instantly stream, and enjoy at no additional cost.
Popular CBS and Showtime series such as -- America's Next Top Model, Everybody Loves Raymond, Jericho, The L Word, Undercover Boss and United States of Tara, among others -- are coming to Prime Instant Video for the first time.
In addition, fan-favorite TV series such as -- Medium, The Tudors, the complete Star Trek franchise, I Love Lucy, and more -- will continue to be available commercial-free at no additional cost on Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, among other devices.
Additionally, Amazon's Prime Instant Video service will be the exclusive online subscription home for the CBS summer series "Under the Dome" – produced by Steven Spielberg and based on Stephen King's best-selling novel of the same name.
Amazon said Prime Instant Video will soon become the exclusive online subscription home for PBS series, "Downton Abbey". The Prime Instant Video library now features more than 36,000 movies and TV episodes including fan-favorite shows and blockbuster movies.
On Tuesday, Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) is creating original animated television show for kids based on highly-anticipated Dreamworks Animation's (NASDAQ: DWA) movie Turbo, which will hit the theaters on July 19.
Based on the movie, the Netflix series "Turbo: F.A.S.T." (Fast Action Stunt Team) debuts exclusively this December in the United States and across the globe in the 40 countries where Netflix offers its service.
AMZN is trading up 3.10% at $266.71 on Wednesday, while CBS trades down 1.50% at $42.56.