Announced within an Amazon press release earlier today, the retail giant has signed a new deal with Turner Broadcasting and Warner Brothers that brings a couple popular TNT shows to the Amazon Instant Video service. The exclusive licensing deal adds the first two seasons of the science fiction drama Falling Skies starring Noah Wyle and Will Patton as well as all seven seasons of Kyra Sedgwick’s The Closer. The terms of the agreement also include all future seasons of Falling Skies after each season is first broadcast on TNT. Both television shows are available as of today and free to stream for all Amazon Prime subscribers.
Regarding the new licensing deal, Brad Beale, Amazon’s director of digital video content acquisition, said “Today’s agreements with TNT and Warner Bros. Domestic TV add two great TV series to Prime Instant Video. Falling Skies and The Closer are some of Turner’s most-watched and highly talked about series and we’re happy to offer them exclusively for Prime members to enjoy. Amazon Prime just got even better.”
Produced by Steven Spielberg, Falling Skies is about a group of civilians and remnants of the military attempting to survive within a post-apocalyptic Boston after a devastating alien invasion. Alternatively, The Closer is a show about a Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief and her team’s pursuit of criminals in high-profile murder cases.
Prior to this announcement, Amazon also worked with Warner Brothers to exclusively bring Fringe to Amazon Prime customers as well as working with NBC to bring The West Wing and Friday Night Lights to the streaming video service. Over 2012, Amazon has mainly focused on trying to pick up exclusive rights for popular shows rather than compete with Netflix’s volume of television content. With the addition of these shows over 2012, Amazon’s library of content now stands at 30,000 titles. Amazon Prime members can view these shows on tablets like the Kindle Fire HD and iPad, the Roku set-top box and game consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Nintendo’s Wii U.