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Amazon and EPIX have signed a deal to make streaming movies like The Hunger Games, Iron Man 2 and The Avengers free to Amazon Prime members. Previously, Netflix had exclusive rights to EPIX recent releases.

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Amazon has entered a new deal with movie studio joint venture EPIX that will let Prime members watch new movies like The Hunger Games, The Avengers and Iron Man 2 for free on Prime Instant Video. Previously, Netflix (NFLX) had exclusive rights to EPIX recent releases.

EPIX, which includes a premium TV channel and video-on-demand service, is a joint venture from Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Lionsgate. The agreement includes “new releases such as The Avengers, Iron Man 2, The Hunger Games, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Thor and Rango as well as popular favorites such as Kick Ass, Paranormal Activity 2, True Grit, The Lincoln Lawyer, and Justin Bieber Never Say Never. EPIX also brings original programming including comedy specials and concerts such as Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell and Usher: Live from London.”

Prime members pay $79 per year for unlimited two-day shipping and other perks, like streaming video. With the EPIX deal, Amazon says the Prime Instant Video library now contains over 25,000 movies and TV episodes. As of April, Netflix had over 60,000 streaming titles. Netflix’s exclusive deal with EPIX ended last month, but it too will stream movies like The Hunger Games and The Avengers 90 days after they’re released on EPIX VOD.

Amazon is holding a press conference in Los Angeles on Thursday. It is widely expected to introduce new Kindles at the event, but the choice of location suggests that the company might also announce new streaming video deals that day.

  1. “Prime members pay $79 per year for unlimited two-day shipping and other perks, like streaming video”. Plus the privilege of paying $2.99 – $4.99 for popular movies and not even in HD. A scam.

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    1. You don’t need to pay prime in order to pay for the $2.99-$4.99 on demand movies.
      The Prime sub allows you to watch some of the movies in the library at no additional cost…

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  2. If you look at Amazon prime’s current offerings, these popular movies do not come free. No – rather Amazon has chosen to provide the privilege to stream these to their customers the day it is released – Amazon Prime members still must pay the piper for new titles such as “Marvels: The Avengers” and “The Hunger Games”.

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    1. The Avengers and Hunger games are not available for free yet because there is a 90-day waiting period after they become available on DVD…

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      1. HG were released on DVD Aug 18. Is it 90 business days? :-)

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