Disney-ABC Television Signs Streaming Deals with Netflix, Amazon Prime

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NEW YORK - Disney-ABC Television Group early Monday unveiled an extension and expansion of a licensing agreement with Netflix's streaming video service and a new deal with Amazon.com's

Under its deal, Amazon will expand its Prime instant videos library with more than 800 titles from Disney-ABC with fare from ABC Family, ABC Studios, The Disney Channel and Marvel.

Among the content will be ABC Family's Greek and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, ABC's Lost, Grey’s Anatomy and Felicity,  Disney Channel's Phineas & Ferb, and Marvel's Spider Man and X-Men Evolution.

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Amazon Prime is a $79 annual membership program that includes access to Prime instant videos, as well as unlimited free two-day shipping on Amazon items. Financial terms of the Disney deal weren't disclosed.

Said Brad Beale, director of video content acquisition for Amazon: "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.”  

Meanwhile, Disney-ABC's extension with Netflix allows the online service to continue to stream hundreds of library episodes of series from ABC Studios, Disney Channel and ABC Family. But it also adds new content, such as ABC Family's Switched at Birth, prior season episodes of Disney Channel's animated Kick Buttowski and all episodes of ABC's Alias.
 
Among the series that got an extension under the deal are prior season episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Private Practice, all episodes of Lost, Brothers & Sisters and Ugly Betty, as well as Melissa & Joey and Phineas and Ferb.

Under the deal, episodes from new seasons of current Disney-ABC series will be made available to Netflix 30 days after the last episode of each season airs. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

"The diverse but always excellent programming from the different channels and networks are favorites of our members and we are thrilled to broaden the scope and extend the terms or our relationship," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer.

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