Amazon continues to expand its online streaming service with a freshly inked licensing agreement with Discovery Communications. The deal appears to be identical to the one Discovery signed with Netflix in September.
Subscribers to Amazon's $79-per-year Prime service will now have access to prior seasons of shows from the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and the Science and Military Channel. Among the more recognizable titles -- or, rather, those touted in the press release -- include Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, TLC's Say Yes To The Dress and Animal Planet's Whale Wars. Content is available for viewing through desktops, Internet-connected TVs and Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet.
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Together, the agreements bring the total number of titles in Amazon's Instant Video library to more than 17,000, making it an increasingly viable competitor to larger streaming subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. Google and Verizon are also expected to launch an online video streaming service later this year.
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The streaming battle isn't just being fought in the U.S. In the UK in January, Netflix launched its service to compete with Amazon's LoveFilm. Meanwhile, billionaire Carlos Slim is reportedly developing a web video service for Mexico.
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