Viacom Leaves Netflix, Announces Partnership With Amazon

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Viacom jumped ship from its longtime home on Netflix and signed a multi-year exclusive deal with Amazon to stream their content on the platform, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Thousands of shows from Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and other cable channels owned by Viacom as well as hundreds of movie titles will be available on the Amazon Prime Instant Video platform soon. Consequently, many Viacom titles have been deleted from Netflix after their licensing agreement expired last month due to issues with pricing and exclusivity.

The deal brings Amazon’s number of TV shows and movies to more than 41,000 and is not the only major exclusive deal that the fledgling streaming site has made this year. Earlier this year, Amazon got the exclusive rights to stream the British period drama “Downton Abbey.” Like its competitors Hulu Plus and Netflix with their respective series “The Awesomes” and the return of “Arrested Development,” Amazon is also working on creating original programming like the “Zombieland” series.

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