Verizon/Redbox video streaming service set to launch this fall (Redbox Instant) will carry EPIX content.
Most Hollywood studios aren't that happy about giving their recent releases to streaming services. Netflix's exclusive deal with EPIX gave it a leg up on other services, one which is now gone. Amazon.com's deal greatly expands its Prime Instant Video service, and in doing so, gives people still more reasons to sign up for Amazon.com's $79 annually cash cow - 2,000 of them in fact.
Amazon.com said on its home page:
"Great news for Amazon Prime members—we've just signed two big deals that bring you even more high quality movies and TV shows with all-you-can-eat, unlimited instant streaming. The first is with EPIX and brings movies from Paramount Pictures, MGM, and Lionsgate. Enjoy Thor, Iron Man 2, and Captain America: The First Avenger, plus recent hits such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Warrior, Super 8, True Grit, and Rango. In all, 2,000 movies from EPIX will be coming to Prime Instant Video this year."
Notably, though, Amazon.com's press release needs some fact-checking. It mentions "The Avengers" and "The Hunger Games," neither of which is available as part of Prime Instant Video. Perhaps, Amazon.com just "expects" them to reach there, eventually.
Meanwhile, the timing of this is probably non-coincidental. Amazon.com, as you probably know, has an event scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6, where it will have new hardware - including a Kindle Fire 2 - on display. The Kindle Fire has always been about monetizing the rest of Amazon.com's "store," so the new content is surely welcome.