Streaming Wars: Netflix Grabs DreamWorks, Amazon Signs Fox

With Amazon set to announce its new tablet that reportedly will include a subscription to the company’s streaming video service, “Prime”, CEO Jeff Bezos announced that 20th Century Fox had agreed to license much of its TV shows and movies library for streaming.  The library will include approximately 2,000 titles including a slew of movies like Mrs. Doubtfire, Speed, Office Space, All About Eve and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), and TV shows including 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Wonder Years.

Amazon now has streaming deals in place with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony and Warner Bros, and Fox. The company now claims to have over 11,000 titles available for streaming which more than doubles the 5,000 the company offered when they launched the service earlier this year.

Netflix, which has suffered a bit of tarnish to its image lately after a poorly rolled out price increase and the loss of streaming content from Starz added to its library by signing DreamWorks Animation.  Netflix outbid HBO for the popular animation content that includes movie franchises such as Madagascar, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda.

While Netflix doesn’t report the number of titles it has available for streaming reports have the total ranging from 32,000 to 51,000.

I expect we’ll see more of these types of deals in the coming months with Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and several others looking to increase their streaming offerings.

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