‘Veronica Mars’ Entire TV Series Streaming Exclusively on Amazon Prime

'Veronica Mars' Streaming -- Amazon Prime

E-retailer's deal with Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution comes ahead of 'Veronica Mars' March 14 bigscreen premiere

Amazon.com will offer all three seasons of cult TV favorite “Veronica Mars” under a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution that grants the e-retailer exclusive subscription-video rights.

Beginning Thursday, members of Amazon’s Prime free-shipping and video-streaming service can watch the three seasons of the series — a total of 64 episodes — starring Kristen Bell as a high-school and then college private investigator. The Internet retailer cut the deal ahead of the March 14 theatrical debut of the “Veronica Mars” movie, a project that raised $5.7 million from 91,585 fans on Kickstarter.

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“We are thrilled to have Prime Instant Video as a digital distribution outlet for the ‘Veronica Mars’ TV series,” said Ken Werner, prexy of Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution. “Digital distribution platforms such as Amazon’s and licensing deals such as this allow the consumer great opportunities whether they’re die-hard fans who just can’t get enough or a new consumer turned fan who has discovered a fabulous show with dozens of new episodes.”

“Veronica Mars,” created by screenwriter Rob Thomas, debuted in 2004 on the now-defunct UPN network, with the third and final season airing from 2006-07 on the CW network. Show is set in the fictional town of Neptune, Calif., and follows the adventures of Bell’s title teen character, who moonlights as a PI under the tutelage of her detective father.

Amazon has been aggressively challenging Netflix, the top Internet video-subscription provider, by investing in a series of exclusive content deals. Like Netflix, Amazon also is producing original series and last November debuted its first entries — comedies “Alpha House” and “Betas.”

Other exclusive content on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video includes: PBS series “Downton Abbey” and “Mr. Selfridge”; CBS’s “Under the Dome” and this summer’s “Extant”; FX’s “Justified”; TNT’s “Falling Skies”; and History’s “Vikings.” In addition, Amazon has exclusive subscription VOD rights to several kids’ shows from Viacom’s Nickelodeon including “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Dora the Explorer.”

The Prime Instant Video service is available to members of Prime, the $79-per-year program that offers free two-day shipping on select items, across an assortment of devices including Roku players, iPads, Kindle Fire tablets, videogame consoles and computers. The company had more than 20 million Prime members at the end of 2013, and is banking on video to help grow that number.

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  1. happybidr says:

    What the heck? I’ve been watching this for a few weeks and now it suddenly has to be paid for? I just watched it last night on Amazon video and today they want me to pay MORE to watch it. It’s not like it’s the first of the month when sometimes contracts expire. It’s Jan 7 2017. Wtf???

  2. PhilG says:

    What is a “prexy”..?

    Veronica Mars us an excellent, underrated, under-watched show that deserves to find an appreciative audience. Hopefully Amazon Prime customers will watch and enjoy.

  3. Rena Moretti says:

    Given it’s a show that people didn’t want ot watch then, why would they watch it now?

    What’s ridiculous is that journalists still refer to that PR stunt masquerading as a Kickstarter camnpaign as real.

    The damage done to so many people by this fakery is incalculable and rob Thomas should be shunned from Hollywood.

    Don’t worry for him, Hollywood glitterari will keep genuflecting to his lack of talent and uncanny history of only having produced flops.

    • Jeff F says:

      Rena, It was a great show with a brilliant female protagonist. You’re out of touch with reality in claiming that people don’t want to watch it. The massive success of the Kickstarter says otherwise. You don’t want to watch it, and are projecting your preferences onto others.

      You sound like a failure who’s jealous of Rob’s talent, creativity, and success. It was extremely clever to use Kickstarter to get his film made.

  4. Case Crum says:

    Damn. I was hoping for Hulu or Netflix. For some reason AmazonPrime streaming doesn’t work very well for me. Plus the cost is insane. Why not a monthly fee instead?

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Perhaps Hulu and Netflix did something Variety never does: look at the actual ratings for this show and decided that if nobody wanted to watch it then, why put it on now?!

  5. J. Ares says:

    Can’t wait to watch it!! :)

    • Rena Moretti says:

      You’re in the minority, since veronica mars, in psite of huge Pr, was the lowest-rated network show of its time.

      The movie will flop, but don’t worry, the studio will pretend it was a hit with yet another set of faked BO numbers.

      Why Hollywood goes out of its way to promote a man who never makes hits, is quite dishonest (as per the fakery of the Kickstarter campaign) and untalented (there’s a reason the public rejected ALL his shows) is a great story that Variety will never cover.

      • happybidr says:

        Rena (renal?), why so hostile to that show? Got fired by Rob Thomas or someone attached to the show? What’s your supreme hostility? It’s more than sad, it’s certifiable. Get counseling.

      • Aimee says:

        You are a bitter, bitter person. I’m sorry your life is miserable. I hope you feel better.

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