Period drama Downton Abbey has been doing the rounds of streaming services lately, but now exclusive rights for the show have been snapped up by Amazon.
The British show that has struck a chord with US and worldwide viewers, can already be seen on Netflix, iTunes, and Hulu, but that will not be for long. The Amazon deal with PBS Distribution means they have rights to every show and season, including season 3,4 and a season 5 if produced.
“The series is consistently in our top most watched TV shows each week, making it the most popular TV series with Prime Instant Video customers, ever,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon, in a statement.
Amazon announced the deal in a press release saying that season 1 and 2 of the show, “are the most watched TV seasons of all time on the service”, and they make it clear to Netflix and Hulu that they, “can no longer stream the series, no digital subscription service other than Prime Instant Video will offer any seasons of “Downton Abbey.” Prime Instant Video will continue to be the exclusive subscription home through Season 4 and, if produced, Season 5.”
Viewers can exclusively catch Downton Abbey on Amazon, when the deal becomes effective on June 18 of this year.