Amazon has added two new partners to its Amazon Channels video subscription add-on program for Prime Members: PBS Kids, stocked with educational shows for tykes, and Fandor, which offers selection of indie films, documentaries and features from a library of more than 6,000 titles.
PBS Kids, available for $4.99 a month, provides more than 1,600 episodes of children’s programming that support social-emotional development and literacy skills, as well as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. The channel’s shows include “Wild Kratts,” “Caillou,” “Dinosaur Train,” “Arthur,” “Ready Jet Go!” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” (pictured above).
Fandor, priced at $3.99 per month, includes a curated selection of films from the company’s catalog, such as Werner Herzog’s “Aguirre,” the Wrath of God, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Dogtooth,” Oscar-winner “Ida,” and the original Swedish films in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy.
On Amazon Channels, both Fandor and PBS Kids are available for a free one-week trial to Prime members.
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“We are extremely excited to work with Amazon to have Fandor included in the Amazon Channels offering,” said Fandor CEO Larry Aidem. “It’s an excellent opportunity for us to bring a wide array of films not available anywhere else to new audiences.” Fandor also has a distribution pact with China’s LeEco, whose new U.S. video service will include unlimited access to select Fandor content. The Fandor app will be preloaded on all LeEco ecotvs and all purchasers of LeEco ecotvs and ecophones will receive a free one-year subscription to Fandor.
In addition to the news about its Amazon and LeEco pacts, Fandor announced that ex-HBO exec Felice Oper, who joined Fandor in 2015, has expanded her role as general counsel to include chief distribution officer.
Amazon Channels, launched late 2015 (and originally called the “Streaming Partners” program), lets Prime members select from more than 70 video subscriptions and add them their existing membership. Partners include Showtime, Starz, Acorn TV, NBCUniversal’s Seeso, Machinima, Warner Bros.’ DramaFever, Tribeca Shortlist, and Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Plus.
In addition to PBS Kids, Amazon Channels includes other kids’ subscriptions services Ameba, HooplaKidz, Nursery Rhymes Club and All Babies Channel.