Discovery to sell streaming rights to Amazon


Discovery ChannelDiscovery Communications has agreed to sell some of its older network shows to Amazon’s streaming service. The cable programmer is selling online-streaming rights to shows from six of its 14 US networks, which Amazon will make available to users of its Prime Instant Videos subscription-based streaming video service. Networks include Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science and Military Channel.

Shows include Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars.”

Prime Instant Video’s total title count now stands at more than 17,000.

Amazon has 3 million to 5 million subscribers to the Amazon Prime shipping service, which costs $79 a year. They’ll be able to stream prior seasons of series from those channels, as well as content from the company’s 25-year programming library.

Discovery has a similar deal with Netflix that allows streaming service rights to some of Discovery’s older programming for a two-year period with the option for a third.