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

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Amazon 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.

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