A+E Networks, Amazon Prime reach licensing deal

Amazon will carry A&E, bio, History and Lifetime programs on its premium Prime Instant Video service. The deal comes a few months after Netflix decided to drop all but about 300 hours of A+E programming.

LOS ANGELES - "Pawn Stars" fans, rejoice; you'll now be able to catch Big Hoss and Chumley on Amazon Prime.

Amazon announced Friday that it has struck a licensing deal with A+E Networks to carry A&E, bio, History and Lifetime programs on its premium Prime Instant Video service. The deal includes prior seasons of programs such as "Pawn Stars," "Storage Wars" and "Dance Moms."

Amazon Prime, which allows subscribers to stream videos through a variety of gadgets, costs $79 a year.

The pact between Amazon and A+E Networks comes a few months after rival streaming service Netflix decided to drop all but about 300 hours of A+E programming. Netflix, which had been seeking exclusivity from A+E for its content, opted not to renew its agreement with the company.

Brad Beale, Amazon's director of digital video content acquisition, said that Amazon has more than doubled the amount of content for Amazon Prime customers.

"We remain focused on adding TV episodes and movies to Prime Instant Video that we think our customers will enjoy," Beale said. "A+E Networks has some of the most popular shows on television and we know our customers will love streaming the A+E content with Prime Instant Video."

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