April 01, 2014 10:04am PT by Natalie Jarvey
Amazon Snags Exclusive Streaming Rights for '24'
Jack Bauer has found an exclusive home at Amazon.
The Seattle e-commerce giant announced Tuesday morning that it has obtained the exclusive SVOD rights to political thriller 24.
Under the agreement with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, Amazon's Prime Instant Video subscription service will stream all eight seasons -- a total of 192 episodes -- of the series, which stars Kiefer Sutherland as terrorist-fighting agent Bauer. It will also exclusively offer TV movie 24: Redemption.
The news comes a little more than a month before the May 5 premiere of 24: Live Another Day. Amazon also announced that the 12-episode revival will be available to stream exclusively through Prime later this year.
"24 has been extremely popular with Amazon customers over the years," said Brad Beale, Amazon's director of digital video content acquisition. "Whether they are hard-core Jack Bauer fans or just discovering the series for the first time, Prime members are going to love catching up on the previous seasons of 24 as well as 24: Live Another Day."
Amazon has offered episodes of 24 to subscribers since 2011 but shared the rights with Netflix.
The announcement falls on the same day that Netflix's rights to 24 expire and continues Amazon's aggressive push to compete against the Los Gatos streamer for exclusive content. Amazon announced in February, for example, that it would be the exclusive streamer for FX's The Americans and would add CBS' How I Met Your Mother and other series to its nonexclusive slate.
Amazon yesterday continued its push into original content with series pickups of two dramas, two comedies, two children's shows and a second-season renewal of Alpha House.