SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with Starz Digital Media that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription streaming home in the U.S. for The White Queen—the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated original miniseries from premium entertainment service provider, Starz. Prime members can now watch the miniseries as often as they would like, from the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/PIV, at no additional cost to their membership. This marks the first deal of its kind between Amazon and Starz Digital Media in the U.S.
“We’re excited that Prime members can now watch and enjoy the epic miniseries, The White Queen, as part of their membership,” stated Brad Beale, Vice President of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “STARZ has an outstanding collection of programming, and we’re thrilled that one of their award-nominated miniseries will be added to the great selection of exclusive movies and TV shows that are included as part of Amazon Prime.”
“With this agreement, we can bring even more viewers into the world of Philippa Gregory’s storytelling and introduce Prime members to the quality original programming found on STARZ,” said Mara Winokur, Senior Vice President, Digital at Starz. “Amazon is a great platform to showcase The White Queen and we’re excited that this new agreement allows us to continue to grow our relationship with Amazon, while expanding exposure to one of our miniseries from the growing library of programming found on the STARZ channels and services. The miniseries will also remain available on STARZ platforms.”
The White Queen—based on the historical novels from Philippa Gregory's New York Times best-selling series, The Cousins War—is set during England’s War of the Roses and tells the story of three women vying for England’s throne during one of the most tumultuous times in the country’s history. The 10-part miniseries, nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy, is brought to life by an incredible cast including Rebecca Ferguson and Janet McTeer, who were also individually nominated for a Golden Globe based on their performance as Queen Elizabeth and Jacquetta Woodville, respectively. Max Irons and James Frain are also featured in the respective roles of King Edward IV and Richard Neville.
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Prime Instant Video is the exclusive online-only subscription streaming destination for binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series such as multi-Golden Globe winning series, Transparent, the Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman comedy, Mozart in the Jungle, and the political comedy starring John Goodman, Alpha House, in addition to HBO favorites like The Sopranos, True Blood and Six Feet Under, and popular primetime series including 24, Covert Affairs, Downtown Abbey, Extant, Falling Skies, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Orphan Black, Teen Wolf, The Americans, Under the Dome and Veronica Mars. Prime Instant Video also offers an exclusive collection of kids shows including Amazon Original Series’ Annedroid, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and Tumble Leaf, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Blue’s Clues and The Bubble Guppies.
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Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.
Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. As of September 30, 2014, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 56.2 million subscribers, including 22.5 million at STARZ, and 33.7 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S. STARZ® and ENCORE®, along with Starz Networks’ third network MOVIEPLEX®, air more than 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television. Starz Distribution’s home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties. Starz Animation produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.