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Amazon, Netflix Add ABC-Disney Fare

10/31/2011 01:14:55 PM Eastern
New York - Amazon and Netflix both recently announced new licensing agreements with the Disney-ABC Television Group that will add more television programming and TV movies to both services.

Amazon Prime members soon will be able to stream library content from ABC Studios, Disney Channel, ABC Family and Marvel.

Netflix members, who already enjoyed some Disney-ABC Television Group content, will have even more programming added to the mix. However, Disney will now be withholding current season programming for a longer period than under its previous deal with company.

Disney-ABC TV said it is providing Amazon Prime's service with 800 streaming-video services.

The Netflix deal brings new series and TV movies from Disney-ABC, along with the rights to stream hundreds of library episodes from ABC Studios, Disney Channel and ABC Family.

But Netflix subscribers will now have to wait 30 days after the last episode of each season airs before a show's current season will be available to view. Under the previous terms, Netflix viewers could watch shows as soon as 15 days after initial telecast.

Programs included in the new Netflix deal include prior-season episodes of "Grey's Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives" and "Private Practice," and all episodes of "Lost," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Ugly Betty." ABC Studios' "Army Wives;" ABC Family series including "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Melissa & Joey" and "Make It or Break It;" and Disney Channel series including "Phineas" and Ferb, "Good Luck Charlie," "The Suite Life on Deck" and "Hannah Montana."

New shows include ABC Family's "Switched at Birth," prior-season episodes of Disney Channel's "Kick Buttowski," and all episodes of ABC's "Alias."

ABC-Disney shows available to Amazon Prime include prior seasons of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost;" Disney Channel's "Phineas and Ferb;" ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," including the most recently aired episodes from summer 2011; Marvel's animated "Spider-Man," "X-Men Evolution," "Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers" and "Iron Man: Extremis;" ABC Family's
"Greek;" and ABC Studios' "Felicity."

Amazon said it expects to offer a total of 12,000 titles by the end of 2011.

Amazon Prime is available for a $79-per-year and includes free two-day shipping on the purchase of products through Amazon. Videos can be accessed via more than 300 different devices, including Amazon's recently announced $199 Kindle Fire tablet, which includes one free month of the Prime service.
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