Amazon Streaming Adds Dora The Explorer
Amazon in competition with Netflix has a deal with Viacom to broadcast a substantial part of its TV programming for instant streaming on Amazon Prime. Viacom regulates cable channels such as MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and VH1 which carry shows such as “Jersey Shore,” “Chappelle’s Show.” and “Dora the Explorer”. It brings the number of videos on Amazon Prime to 15,000. Brad Beale, director of video content acquisitions for Amazon said, “This deal with Viacom brings Prime customers and Kindle Fire users thousands of comedies, kid’s shows, reality TV and more from the best cable networks available.
Amazon’s streaming deals with Fox and CBS enlarges its library and the introduction of its tablet, the Kindle Fire, has fed talk of a budding rivalry. Right now, Amazon Prime subscribers who pay $79 for unlimited shipping, receive the streaming service as a bonus. Prime has more than 7 million subscribers while Netflix has 20 million subscribers. The retailer claims the number of videos that are streamed rose about 300 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. Amazon is not alone, the space will become more crowded in 2012.
I think competition is good and helps lower prices and results in better customer service. Some of these businesses seem to have a monopoly in certain industries and keep the little guy out. So the more competition, the better.
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