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Amazon to add MGM movies to video-streaming queue

The companies sign a deal that will further pad the retail giant's streaming content. Is Netflix scared yet?


Amazon has signed a deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, allowing the online company to stream "hundreds" of the studio's classic movies and TV episodes, Amazon announced today.

The new stock, which further positions the retail giant to take on video streaming rival Netflix through its Amazon Prime service, includes "The Silence of the Lambs," "Dances with Wolves," "Rain Man," and "The Terminator," and TV series like "Stargate."

Amazon Prime is a membership program that costs $79 annually and offers customers free two-day shipping on their purchases. In addition, members get access to the expanding pool of movies in Prime Instant Video.

Amazon continues to gain ground in user access and content selection for Prime Instant Video. The company recently made the service available to Xbox 360 users and signed a deal last month to stream hundreds of Paramount movies.

Prime Instant Video now features more than 18,000 movies and TV episodes.

"Our customers tell us they love having tons of movies and TV shows to choose from, which is why we are focused on adding even more titles to our already extensive Prime Instant Video library," Brad Beale, Amazon's director of digital video content acquisition, said in the press release.