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Deals with Netflix and Amazon expand ABC Television's streaming footprint

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 31 Oct 2011 11:39 User comments (1)

Deals with Netflix and Amazon expand ABC Television's streaming footprint Disney's ABC Television Group is increasing their presence in the US subscription streaming market via new deals with Netflix and Amazon.
The Netflix deal extends an existing agreement which gives Watch Instantly subscribers access to completed TV series like Lost and previous seasons of ongoing series like Desparate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy. Amazon's deal will match that for Amazon Prime customers.

Where the Netflix deal distinguishes itself is adding access to ABC TV shows just 30 days after they first air.

The Amazon deal, in particular, seems to indicate serious competition for Netflix streaming may be on the horizon. Amazon is one of several companies looking to take advantage of Netflix's weakened position after their recent price increase.

Amazon still has a lot of catching up to do if they want to be a serious competitor for Netflix. In particular, Netflix has a significant lead in streaming clients for smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and game consoles.

Matching Netflix content deals is certainly a step in the right direction, but they will need to make their service more convenient for consumers if they want to take the next step.

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11.11.2011 6:07

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Matching Netflix content deals is certainly a step in the right direction, but they will need to make their service more convenient for consumers if they want to take the next step.
That's the key. There is not an Amazon app for the PS3, and I don't believe there is one for the 360. My HDTV with Internet apps does not have one for Amazon. Amazon's streaming selection is getting larger, but until they get more integrated with consumer devices it is going to be harder to for them to compete with Netflix.

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