For those who have been clamoring for A+E Networks content on Amazon Prime, you now have reason to be excited. On Friday Amazon announced that A+E Networks has entered into a new agreement that will bring popular shows like “Pawn Stars, “Storage Wars” and “Dance Moms” to the premium Amazon Prime Instant Video service.
The deal not only includes all future episodes for each shows respective seasons, but also includes the back catalog of previous seasons. A+E Networks owns programming on the A&E channel, along with networks like bio, History and Lifetime. All of those networks will be represented on Amazon Prime Instant Video with the new deal.
The news comes after rival video-streaming service Netflix removed all A+E programming content in late 2012, which means that for those who want streaming access, making a move to Amazon Instant Video is now more appealing. The service costs just $79 per year and comes with additional bonuses like free 2-day shipping on products purchased from Amazon.
“We remain focused on adding TV episodes and movies to Prime Instant Video that we think our customers will enjoy,” said Brad Beale, Director of content acquisition at Amazon. “A+E Networks has some of the most popular shows on television and we know our customers will love streaming the A+E content with Prime Instant Video.”
Netflix has been letting several lucrative distribution agreements lapse in an effort to focus on more original production content–meanwhile Amazon continues to snatch up licenses and distribution deals as it aims to be the number 1 video-streaming service in North America.
Storage Wars recently hit the news when one of the stars, Dave Hester claimed that the show was staged and not quite the reality that some viewers may have thought.