Amazon Slaps Netflix, Hulu With Metaphorical Glove, Gains Exclusive Rights To ‘Downton Abbey’

When British period drama “Downton Abbey” hit U.S. shores back in January 2011, it debuted on PBS as part of the channel’s “Masterpiece Classic” anthology. The show’s popularity spread like wildfire and would later win a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy.

In it’s third season, the ITV British import is currently streaming on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video. While the show’s third season has been met with mixed reviews, Amazon has recently taken the next step in securing exclusive streaming rights.

“Downton Abbey” season 3 will soon air exclusively on Amazon, and any back seasons, which you can currently find on Netflix and Hulu, will also become entirely Amazon’s.

Amazon has also locked down season 4 and season 5, keeping the show a strictly Amazon Prime affair.

There is no solid date on when “Downton Abbey” will be leaving the golden shores of Hulu and Netflix. For now, I suggest quitting your job (I assume it is as a footman or under butler) in order to marathon the show before it is too late.



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