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Amazon wins exclusive rights to Downton Abbey

US internet retailer Amazon has signed a content licensing agreement with PBS Distribution which bestows it with the exclusive streaming rights to Carnival/MASTERPIECE co-production ‘Downton Abbey’, already the most-watched TV series of all time on Amazon’s ‘Prime Instant Video’ service.

All-new episodes from season three of the acclaimed drama will become available on the service from June 18th of this year, and seasons one and two will become exclusive to the service on a streaming basis later this year. Prime Instant Video will then continue to be the exclusive home for seasons four and five of the series if and when they are produced.

Downton Abbey is a British period drama set in the fictional country estate of the same name, depicting the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the early part of the 20th century. It has already won numerous awards including nine Emmy awards and a Golden Globe.

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service offers over 36,000 movies and TV shows for streaming on-demand on a range of devices including PCs, connected TVs, gaming consoles, iPads and more. It is available as a free services to subscribers of Amazon’s US$ 79 a year Prime service.

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