No more Iron Chef: Food Network shows removed from Amazon Prime Instant

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Amazon (S AMZN) Prime subscribers won’t be able to watch Iron Chef America, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations or Throwdown With Bobby Flay on the company’s Prime Instant video service anymore: Amazon removed all Food Network shows from the Prime Instant catalog this week.

Also removed were all shows from HGTV, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel, which are all owned by Food Network corporate parent Scripps Networks as well. This comes just one year after Amazon signed a licensing deal with Scripps for those shows.

Judging from posts on Amazon’s customer forums, Food Network shows started to disappear Monday from the service, to the great dismay of some subscribers. In the words of one forum participant:

“I am so disappointed with Food Network being removed from Prime. Will reconsider Prime membership if not returned soon. Poor decision on Amazon’s part.”

Amazon and Scripps announced a licensing deal for hundreds of episodes of Food Network programming in March 2013. The deal represented the first time Scripps had made TV show episodes exclusively available through an online video subscription service. At the time, both companies touted lots of potential synergies, with Henry Ahn, EVP of content distribution and marketing for Scripps Networks Interactive, saying:

“The Amazon platform is a great complement to our branded products such as books, cookware, furniture and accessories, lighting and more.”

Maybe those Prime subscribers didn’t buy that many cookbooks, after all.

This post was updated at 3:52pm with additional information on the Scripps content removed from Amazon Prime Instant.

9 Comments

Mary

Soooo mad, amazon has lots of work to do if they want to keep ongoing memberships!

Zoli Erdos

“Perfect” timing just after the Prime price hike :-(

Sean Perkins

IS THE A FORUM WHERE ANGRY AMAZON CUSTOMERS CAN MORE USEFULLY VOICE THEIR DISPLEASURE AND INTENTIONS TO DISCONTINUE SERVICE IF SCRIPPS CONTENT IS NOT REINSTATED?

James G

I understand that agreements come and go but I was most upset about the complete lack of any warning. The Scripps programming was the main reason we decided to get prime. Now with the recent price hike we will be unlikely to renew.

Dan Leveille

Amazon’s Customer Service just told me: “I have checked and see that content provider Food Network’s license for Prime has been expired and our team is in touch with them to get the license renewed.”

tetracycloide

Shame that some are jumping to blame amazon especially considering whenever content gets pulled its almost always due to ‘content owners’ jacking the rates to crazy levels.

Hip K

I was heart broken when I came home from work and saw that my House Hunters was no longer available. In fact, no HGTV, DIY, or Food Network programs were Prime anymore. The real knife twister was that I just renewed my Prime membership last week!

I could not locate any info about it online, until I came to your article. Thank you for at least providing the “why”. I only had 3 more episodes left of Kitchen Cousins. Will they put it back on if I buy a hammer?

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