Amazon announced on Friday that it has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to the acclaimed new series “Mr. Robot” for the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan. It will be available to Prime Video subscribers in those territories to stream or download to Android and iOS devices for offline viewing beginning in the spring of 2016.
Produced by NBCUniversal’s Universal Cable Productions, “Mr. Robot” is broadcast on the media giant’s USA Network in the U.S. It was renewed for a second season in June.
“Mr Robot” was created by Sam Esmail (“Comet”), who also serves as executive producer alongside Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”). It stars Rami Malek (“The Pacific”) as a young programmer working as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night who is recruited by the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group (Christian Slater) to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. It also stars Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallström (“Simple Simon).
The first episode of “Mr. Robot” premiered in the U.S. at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March, where it won the Audience Award for Episodic Television. In May, the episode was previewed across a wide expanse of digital outlets — including Xfinity On Demand, USANetwork.com, Hulu, YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, XBOX Video, M-GO, Twitch, IMDb, EW.com, THR.com, Latina.com, The Verge.com and 22 sites within Crave Online — racking up 2.7 million views.