The web retailing juggernaut announced a deal today with NBC Universal to add select movies to Amazon Instant Video collection. As of today, Amazon can boast that it has 9,000 movies and TV episodes for its customers to watch.
Amazon Prime members will soon be able to watch around 1 thousand titles from NBC’s vast archive of movies. These movies will be available to all current Prime member at no cost, and they will include Oscar winners such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Elizabeth,” and “Gosford Park.” For the kids, there’s “Babe,” “Flipper,” and “Jetsons – The Movie,” as well as other favorites like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Notting Hill,” “Being John Malkovich”, “Fletch,” and “Billy Elliott.”
This deal follows only weeks after Amazon signed a similar agreement with CBS. While the CBS deal involved TV shows, not movies, there was an interesting similarity between the 2. Both deals only covered a limited selection of content from a vast archive, which suggests that Amazon might not be planning to compete directly with Netflix. If that were the case then Amazon would have worked out a deal for an entire archive, not a limited selection.