Amazon Lands Exclusive Rights to ‘Wolf Hall,’ Other PBS ‘Masterpiece’ Series

Amazon has inked an expanded licensing pact with PBS to bring drama “Wolf Hall” and other series from the pubcaster’s “Masterpiece” franchise exclusively to Prime Instant Video members.

Under the new multiyear deal, Prime Instant Video will be the exclusive streaming outlet for select current and upcoming “Masterpiece” programming, including “Wolf Hall” — the adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” starring Damian Lewis as Henry VIII — as well as 1950s detective drama “Grantchester”; romantic saga “Poldark”; and “Indian Summers,” a drama about the decline of the British Empire and birth of modern India.

The series will become available on Amazon’s service shortly after they air on PBS. Currently, none of those four “Masterpiece” series is on Prime Instant Video. Miniseries “Wolf Hall” concluded its six-episode run on PBS May 10.

In addition, the deal will bring kids’ series “Odd Squad” to Amazon Prime and extend the availability of PBS Kids shows already on the service including “Wild Kratts,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Caillou” and “Dinosaur Train.”

Amazon Prime Instant video already has exclusive U.S. subscription-streaming rights to PBS hit series “Downton Abbey,” with all five seasons currently available. The service also offers “Masterpiece” series “Mr. Selfridge,” starring Jeremy Piven, and “The Escape Artist,” starring David Tennant (“Doctor Who”). Under the PBS agreement, Prime members also have access to hundreds of other shows including “Nova” and documentaries from Ken Burns.

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