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Amazon seeks to make life entertaining with A+E

SEATTLE — Amazon.com has entered into a content licensing agreement with A+E Networks to add prior seasons of series from A&E, Bio, History and Lifetime to the Prime Instant Video service.

Prime Instant Video now features more than 33,000 movies and TV episodes for Amazon Prime members to stream instantly, at no additional cost, on Kindle Fire HD or any of the hundreds of compatible Amazon Instant Video devices, including iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Wii U.  

“In a year we have more than doubled the Prime Instant Video selection for our Prime members,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. “We remain focused on adding TV episodes and movies to Prime Instant Video that we think our customers will enjoy. 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.”

The deal with A+E Networks will bring Prime customers more TV episodes from programming such as Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and Dance Moms, which are also available for purchase through Amazon Instant Video.

Amazon Prime is the retailer’s annual membership program that offers members unlimited free two-day shipping on a vast assortment of items for a flat annual fee of $79. Amazon Prime members also have access to unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV episodes and access to hundreds of thousands of books to borrow free, as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates from a Kindle device. Amazon Instant Video is a digital video streaming and download service that offers Amazon customers the ability to rent, purchase or subscribe to a vast catalog of videos.