Amazon licenses A&E content for Prime video

Amazon signs licensing deal with A&E to show movies, TV shows on Prime streaming service

Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. said Friday that it will start streaming past seasons of TV shows and movies from A&E on its Prime instant video service as part of a licensing deal with the network.

Members of Amazon Prime pay $79 a year for free two-day shipping of merchandise bought in Amazon's Web store. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Amazon said the deal brings the number of movies and TV show episodes on its Prime instant video service to more than 33,000. A&E includes channels like Lifetime, History and its namesake, A&E. The deal brings programs such as "Pawn Stars," ''Storage Wars" and "Dance Moms" to Amazon Prime customers.

Last year, online video rental company Netflix Inc. relinquished the rights to show several TV series from the A&E and History channels. The shows included "Storage Wars," ''Ice Road Truckers" and others — though other programming from the channels stayed in Netflix's library.

A&E Networks is a joint venture of The Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp.

Shares of Amazon.com Inc. rose $1.16 to $259.64 in midday trading.

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