|By Business Wire
|February 28, 2013 09:03 AM EST
(NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing
agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: SNI) that will
make Prime Instant Video a subscription home to hundreds of episodes
from past seasons of hit TV shows from the Scripps family of brands:
HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel.
Starting today, Prime members will be able to instantly view hundreds of
episodes of original programming, including Rachael Ray’s Week in a
Day; Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations; Cupcake Wars; Diners,
Drive-Ins and Dives; House Hunters and House Hunters
International; Iron Chef America; Man v. Food; Selling New York and Selling
LA; Throwdown With Bobby Flay; Chopped; Ghost Adventures; and Yard
Crashers, among other popular shows across the networks. Many
of the popular lifestyle programs from Scripps will also be available
for purchase and download from Amazon Instant Video.
“The Scripps family of networks – including HGTV, DIY Network, Food
Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel – airs some of the
highest-quality and most popular unscripted lifestyle programming on TV
today,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition
for Amazon. “We are excited to be the exclusive online-only subscription
home for Scripps content and know our customers are going to love
getting these great shows as part of Prime.”
This is the first online-only subscription distribution deal for Scripps
“One of the guiding principles at Scripps Networks Interactive is to
make our valued lifestyle content accessible to consumers wherever and
whenever they want,” said Henry Ahn, Executive Vice President of Content
Distribution and Marketing for Scripps Networks Interactive. “Licensing
content from our extensive library to Amazon provides our millions of
avid fans with yet another opportunity to engage with our entertaining
and informative content. And the Amazon platform is a great complement
to our branded products such as books, cookware, furniture and
accessories, lighting and more.”
Last week, Amazon and CBS announced an extension of their non-exclusive
licensing agreement, including the subscription debuts of The Amazing
Race and Undercover Boss, as well as a deal that will make
Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription home for the anticipated
series Under the Dome this summer. Just recently, Amazon
announced that Prime Instant Video will soon become the exclusive online
subscription home for PBS hit Downton Abbey. The Prime Instant
Video library now features more than 38,000 movies and TV episodes
including fan-favorite shows such as Downton Abbey, Fringe, and
The West Wing and blockbuster movies including Mission
Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Rango and Transformers: Dark
of the Moon, for Amazon Prime members to stream, commercial free at
no additional cost on Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku,
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, among other devices. To sign up
for Amazon Prime, visit www.amazon.com/primeinstantvideo.
About Amazon Instant Video
Amazon Instant Video is a digital video streaming and download service
that offers Amazon customers the ability to rent, purchase or subscribe
to a huge catalog of videos. Customers can choose from more than 150,000
titles to purchase or rent and content ranges from new release movies to
classic favorites, major television shows, entire seasons, or even day
after air TV. Prime Instant Video is Amazon’s video subscription
offer—it includes more than 38,000 movies and TV episodes selected from
the full assortment available at Amazon Instant Video. This subscription
offer allows US Prime customers to stream as many titles from Prime
Instant Video as they like, at no additional cost.
Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $79 a year that offers
customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items including
books, home and garden products, electronics, video games, clothing, and
much more. Amazon Prime members also get access to unlimited instant
streaming of thousands of movies and TV episodes and access to hundreds
of thousands of books to borrow for free, as frequently as a book a
month, with no due dates from a Kindle device. Customers who receive
free Prime shipping benefits through our Amazon Student or Amazon Mom
programs can upgrade to an annual paid membership to receive Amazon
Prime’s digital benefits.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle,
opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s
Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most
customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything
they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the
lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of
unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books;
Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home
& Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health &
Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web
Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to
in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end
technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any
type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the most-advanced e-reader ever
constructed with 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast, a patented
built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions, extra-long
battery life, and a thin and light design. The new latest generation
Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, now features new, improved
fonts and faster page turns. Kindle Fire HD features a stunning custom
high-definition display, exclusive Dolby audio with dual stereo
speakers, high-end, laptop-grade Wi-Fi with dual-band support,
dual-antennas and MIMO for faster streaming and downloads, enough
storage for HD content, and the latest generation processor and graphics
engine—and it is available in two display sizes—7” and 8.9”. The
large-screen Kindle Fire HD is also available with 4G wireless, and
comes with a groundbreaking $49.99 introductory 4G LTE data package. The
all-new Kindle Fire features a 20% faster processor, 40% faster
performance, twice the memory, and longer battery life.
Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com,
As used herein, “Amazon.com,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include
Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates
About Scripps Networks Interactive
Scripps Networks Interactive is one of the leading developers of
lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air
programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and
e-commerce components on companion websites and broadband vertical
channels. The company’s media portfolio includes popular lifestyle
television and Internet brands Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY
Network, Cooking Channel and country music network Great American
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly
from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve
risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to
competition, management of growth, new products, services and
technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international
expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment and
data center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements,
acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system
interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments
and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect
Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual
Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.
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