Amazon signs exclusive deal for movies from indie studio

Yet another offering for Amazon Prime Instant Video customers, the deal lets them access movies from A24 such as "Spring Breakers" and "The Bling Ring."

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Amazon has another lineup of movies exclusively available for its Prime subscribers.

In a new distribution deal announced Thursday, the retail giant has brought movies from independent film studio A24 to its Instant Video collection. Though obviously not as well known as the major studios, A24 is behind such movies as "Spring Breakers," a film directed by Harmony Korine and starring James Franco, and "The Bling Ring," directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson of "Harry Potter" fame.

The agreement will see all current and upcoming A24 movies appear on Amazon Instant Prime around three to four months after their release on DVD and Blu-ray. It also will make Amazon the "exclusive premium subscription home" for these titles, which means they can't even appear on cable TV outlets, such as HBO or Showtime.

Three A24 films are already online for streaming by Instant Video users, notably "Spring Breakers," "The Bling Ring," and "Ginger & Rosa." "The Spectacular Now," "Under The Skin," and "The Rover" are also on tap to appear.

"We are always looking for new ways to bring our Prime Instant Video customers, unique, exclusive movies and TV that we think they will love," Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, said in a statement. "As always, we monitor DVD and digital sales very closely and A24 movies such as 'Spring Breakers' and 'The Bling Ring' are exceptionally popular among our customers."

An Amazon Prime subscription costs $79 a year. For that price, members receive free two-day shipping on any Amazon item as well as unlimited access to the Instant Video library.

Amazon charges a rental fee for many Instant Video titles, even if you're a subscriber. "The Bling Ring" costs $4.99 to rent, though an Amazon spokesperson said that the movie will be free to subscribers in the coming months. A large lineup of movies and TV shows are free for members to stream. "Spring Breakers" and "Ginger & Rosa" are both on the freebie list.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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