Streaming Movie Cola Wars Continue: Amazon Prime and Netflix Get New Exclusive Deals

September 26, 2011

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With Netflix's online movie dominance suddenly coming into question after a series of universally despised business decisions and a sad, sad apology letter, the door has been left open for another film streaming company to come in and sweep us off our feet, and maybe let us access Thor online little earlier or something.

On Friday, DISH Network announced its plan to deliver films and games to anyone who subscribes to DISH and is willing to sign up for a new Blockbuster card, and now Amazon has announced a new deal that will make its Amazon Prime instant video service a more viable alternative thanks to a new deal with 20th Century Fox. The agreement will bring Amazon Prime's selection up to over 11,000 titles, and will bring to the service a variety of Fox's "contemporary movies." All of which sounds pretty good until you see what the press release considers "contemporary." (Hint: think 1993 and Robin Williams in drag.)

FOX titles available to Prime members will include contemporary movies such as, "Speed," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Doctor Dolittle," "Last of the Mohicans," and "Office Space," as well as classics like "The Longest Day," "All About Eve," "9 to 5," and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." FOX also brings to Prime members a selection of popular TV series including "24," "The X-Files," "NYPD Blue," "Arrested Development," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Ally McBeal," and newly available on digital video, "The Wonder Years."

Meanwhile, Netflix, undeterred by public outrage nor Amazon's bravado in showing off its newly-acquired streaming copy of Doctor Dolittle, announced its own new exclusive studio deal. In an arrangement valued at around $30 million, DreamWorks Animation has agreed to abandon its pact with HBO in favor of letting Netflix stream its catalogue of hit films and specials, at last making it possible to watch every Shrek film AND Scared Shrekless, and Shrek the Halls with just the push of a button. Unfortunately, the deal won't kick in until 2013, at which point the dissolution of Netflix's current Starz deal will have already likely left the service without an updated selection of Sony and Walt Disney films. Which is a real shame, too, because if you didn't notice the weekend box office, it turns out pretty much everyone was fine with just watching The Lion King anyway. Where can we stream The Lion King, guys?

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