“Wonder Years” available on digital video for the first time
Fox has reached a deal with Amazon Prime to begin making several movies and TV shows from its library available for streaming, including "24," "Arrested Development," and "The Wonder Years."
The deal, announced on Amazon.com Monday by CEO Jeff Bezos, follows one with CBS in July that added 2,000 episodes of CBS shows to the number of titles available for streaming. Monday's deal brings the total number available on Amazon Prime to 11,000 as it tries to mount a challenge to the struggling Netflix, which announced a streaming deal Sunday with DreamWorks Animation.
Subscribers have derided Netflix's decision to raise prices and split off its DVD by mail service into a separate company, Qwikster. The company faces growing pressure from Amazon Prime and other rivals, including Dish Network, which on Friday unveiled its own streaming service, Blockbuster Movie Pass.
The full statement from Bezos:
"I have big news for Amazon Prime members – we've just signed a deal with FOX to add a broad selection of movies and TV shows to our unlimited instant streaming service later this fall. The new additions from the FOX library include 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and – available on digital video for the first time – The Wonder Years. We now have deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, and Warner Bros, and adding FOX will bring the total to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited instant streaming.
"Since launching earlier this year, we have now doubled the number of titles available in Prime instant videos, and there's still more to come. Prime membership remains $79 a year, and of course features our unlimited free two-day shipping on millions of products. Prime is one of the best values anywhere."