Recently, Amazon announced agreements with NBC Universal and CBS to bulk up their Prime video streaming catalog. The promised movies and TV shows from both deals are now available to watch on Amazon Instant. Amazon Prime is a service that offers free two-day shipping and access to an all-you-can-watch streaming library for $79 a year. The NBC Universal deal added a number of movies such as Elizabeth, Being John Malkovich, Gosford Park and Fletch.
The CBS deal added TV series such as Star Trek, Cheers, Mission Impossible and Frasier. For Star Trek fans, Amazon now has Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek Enterprise in high definition (HD) as does Netflix. Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager are also available. However, unlike Netflix, Star Trek Deep Space Nine is available on Amazon Prime (it’s not expected till this fall on Netflix).
Before the new content was added to Amazon Prime, there were only 36 seasons of HD TV shows available out of a total of 546 seasons. The new content brings that number up to 117 HD seasons out of a total of 699 seasons. On the movie side, there were just under 2,000 movies, of which 229 were in HD. The additions bring the number of movies up to 2,135 of which 309 are in HD. It’s small compared to the roughly 13,000 movies and TV series in Netflix’s Instant catalog but Amazon’s catching up. We’ll update the Streaming Services Comparison shortly.
Amazon is advertising the additions: