Amazon Prime adds hundreds of film and TV shows from MGM library

By Daniel S Levine,

Amazon announced Wednesday that it will be adding hundreds of classic films and television shows from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer catalog to the Amazon Prime Instant Video library.

Amazon announced that, after reaching a licensing agreement with the studio, the Instant Video library now contains over 18,000 movies and TV episodes, which are available for Prime users to instantly stream on their TV and computer.

"Our customers tell us they love having tons of movies and TV shows to choose from, which is why we are focused on adding even more titles to our already extensive Prime Instant Video library," said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, in the announcement.

As The Wrap notes, the MGM catalog includes several important films, like Best Picture Oscar winners The Silence of the Lambs, Dances with Wolves and Rain Man. Other films include The Birdcage, A Fish Called Wanda and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

TV shows include Stargate, Thirty Something and Dead Like Me

Amazon Prime costs $79 for an annual membership and gives subscribers access to free two-day shipping as well as Instant Video. In February, Bloomberg reported that the service now has 3 million to 5 million subscribers and the company hopes that grows to 7 million to 10 million in the next year.

PCMag notes that MGM recently signed a similar agreement with Google, allowing Google Play and YouTube users to rent its movies.

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