The Streaming Video Wars: Amazon Prime Adds ABC and Disney TV Shows

Pact Comes as ABC Extends Netflix Deal, YouTube Makes a Different Kind of Play

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The newly licensed content will help bolster the appeal of Amazon's iPad challenger, the Kindle Fire.
The newly licensed content will help bolster the appeal of Amazon's iPad challenger, the Kindle Fire.
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Walt Disney Co., owner of the ABC TV network and Disney Channel, will license a limited number of its older TV shows to Amazon's Prime streaming-video service, the world's biggest Internet retailer said in a statement.

Disney will license more than 800 episodes of such shows as ABC's "Lost" and "Grey 's Anatomy" and "Phineas and Ferb" from its Disney Channel. The titles will be available for the holidays, Amazon's director of video content acquisition, said in the statement. The service will have almost 13,000 episodes by early next year, he said.

The newly licensed Disney content will be available on more than 300 devices, including Amazon's new iPad challenger, the Kindle Fire. The movies are available only to consumers who pay $79 a year for Amazon's Prime delivery service. Amazon didn't give terms for the agreement.

Disney also extended its agreement with Netflix to add older movies and TV shows for that service as well, according to a separate statement. Episodes from Disney and ABC series will be made available to Netflix 30 days after the final episode of each season airs, according to that statement.

Digitally-delivered video is becoming a white-hot space in the media business. YouTube on Friday confirmed the long-whispered introduction of 100 channels featuring original, high-quality programming from media companies, celebrities and production companies.

-- Bloomberg News --

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