If you are an Amazon Prime member and sign on to the Amazon.com homepage, you will see the letter from Jeff Bezos above. I’ve pasted the text in below, but basically it says that Amazon Prime members will soon have access to a wide array of shows from FAX, including The X-Files, Ally McBeal, and The Wonder Years amongst others. They also note FOX movies, but none are listed as of yet.
It is clear that with Netflix in a weakened position after losing 600,000 customers after raising prices and then splitting DVD and Streaming businesses, Amazon is looking to assume the #1 video streaming position.
I have big news for Amazon Prime members – we’ve just signed a deal with FOX to add a broad selection of movies and TV shows to our unlimited instant streaming service later this fall. The new additions from the FOX library include 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and – available on digital video for the first time – The Wonder Years. We now have deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, and Warner Bros, and adding FOX will bring the total to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited instant streaming.
Since launching earlier this year, we have now doubled the number of titles available in Prime instant videos, and there’s still more to come. Prime membership remains $79 a year, and of course features our unlimited free two-day shipping on millions of products. Prime is one of the best values anywhere.
Prime instant videos can be played on more than 300 HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes.
If you’re a Prime member, start watching now. If not, start your one-month free trial today.
Thanks for being a customer,
Founder & CEO
P.S. You can also watch movies and TV shows instantly at our Amazon Instant Video Store, where we offer more than 100,000 movies and TV shows for rent or purchase, no Prime membership required.
Head on over to Amazon.com to check it out. What do you think about this latest move by Amazon? Do you think it ties into the upcoming Amazon Kindle Tablet in any way? What other thoughts do you have? Let us know in the comments!
Of course, Netflix isn’t just standing still, as today they have announced a deal with Dreamworks, marking “the first time a major Hollywood supplier has chosen Web streaming over pay television. “