Internet on-demand media junkies have reason to rejoice as news was recently announced that more television shows from the Disney Channel, ABC Studios and ABC Family are coming to both Netflix’s and Amazon’s online streaming services.
According to a report by Reuters, Netflix has extended its existing two-year licensing agreement with Walt Disney Co.’s Disney-ABC Television Group, which will bring shows like “Alias,” “Switched at Birth” and “Kick Buttowski” to its “Watch Instantly” service in the U.S.
In addition to retaining the ability to watch seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost,” “Ugly Betty” and other series from ABC, Netflix subscribers will now also have access to Disney Channel content, including shows like “Hannah Montana” and “Phineas and Ferb,” and past and current episodes of ABC Family series like “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “Make It or Break It.”
Amazon’s deal with Disney is brand new and adds even more content to their Amazon Prime subscription service, which costs $79 a year and also includes free 2-day shipping from their site.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the deal will give Amazon Prime subscribers access to everything Netflix has, but will also win library content from Marvel like “Spider-Man” and “X-Men Evolution.”
“We’re working hard to add even more selection for Kindle Fire customers and Prime members leading up to the holidays, and expect to have nearly 13,000 titles available in Prime instant video by early next year,” said Brad Beale, Seattle-based Amazon’s director of video
Besides Disney, Amazon has also penned agreements with CBS, Fox, Warner Bros., Sony and NBCUniversal in its ongoing efforts to help boost sales of its new Kindle Fire tablet.
Are you currently a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscriber? If not, will the recently signed deals signed with Disney-ABC persuade you to sign up?