Amazon Prime Instant Video has added a significant amount of new videos to its lineup from MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Nickelodeon and many other Viacom-owned networks. The two companies have official a new licensing deal, beefing up the offerings of the online video service.
This addition brings Amazon Prime's movie and TV show offerings up from 13,000 to roughly 15,000. These Viacom titles will not, however, be offered through Amazon's a-la-carte video service.
Amazon currently provides the Prime Instant Video service as part of its Prime Membership – which also includes free two-day shipping on all Amazon orders.
The streaming video service market continues to heat up, with Redbox and Verizon having teamed up to join in the competition – along with other current Netflix competitors like Hulu Plus and potential major entrants Google and Apple.
Although these types of products certainly provide consumers with alternatives to cable's video packages, cable is also, by far, the best widely-installed technology to deliver these terrific new services.