Amazon Prime pacts with Paramount

Deal grows streaming service's available titles to 17K

Amazon has grown the number of titles available to stream through its Prime Instant Video membership program to well over 17,000, thanks to a new distribution deal with Paramount Pictures.

The three-year pact with Paramount Home Media Distribution gives Amazon access to pics like “Mission: Impossible 3,” “Braveheart,” “Forrest Gump,” “Mean Girls,” “Top Gun,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and the older “Star Trek” films, not the recent reboot.

The companies were vague as to how many titles are included in the deal, other than to say it amounted to “hundreds.” They also said the content would be available “soon.”

But Amazon has been eager to grow its streaming biz, which charges members $79 a year. Service launched to offer two-day shipping on most items sold, but expanded to also offer access to films and TV shows. Amazon Prime is also available through Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players, Roku, videogame consoles like Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet.

The Par pact follows a similar content arrangement that Amazon brokered with Discovery in March for 3,000 TV show and movie titles, and a similar one with Viacom in February.

In February, Amazon Prime Instant Video claimed over 15,000 titles, and 13,000 in December. Overall, Amazon offers 120,000 digital titles to rent or buy. Amazon Prime’s title count, however is solely for members who pay the annual fee.

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