Amazon.com Adds More PBS Content, Streaming Titles Reach 12,000

10:12 AM PST 10/19/2011 by Michael O'Connell
PBS
Ken Burns' 2011 PBS documentary 'Prohibition'

A new licensing deal doubles the numbers of videos originally available when streaming service Amazon Prime launched in 2005.

Amazon.com is expanding the content available on its streaming service, Amazon Prime. The company announced Tuesday that additional programming from the Public Broadcasting Company will now be available to members.

The current and archived PBS titles -- including series NOVA, Masterpiece and Antiques Roadshow and Ken Burns documentaries The Civil War, The National Parks: America's Best Idea and Prohibition -- will bring the total number of instant videos on the site to 12,000.

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Launching in November, the expanded PBS package will also include a first for digital video: 200 episodes of Julia Child's The French Chef.

"Prime instant video has included great content from PBS since the day it launched and Prime members have told us they want even more -- so we are delivering," says Amazon director of video content acquisition Brad Beale.

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Amazon Prime, which the site currently offers for a yearly subscription fee of $79, already includes licensing deals for content from CBS, Fox, NBC-Universal, Sony and Warner Bros.

The move comes shortly after one of Prime's biggest competitors, Netflix, shelved its plans to separate its streaming and DVD-by-mail businesses.

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