Amazon Prime -- a digital premium video competitor to Netflix and others -- just added to its stable of big TV and movies -- signing an expanded deal with Fox.
The deal for the instant streaming service will now have Fox-produced library shows, including "24," "Arrested Development," "The X-Files," "Ally McBeal," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The Wonder Years."
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says in a blog on the site that Amazon Prime has now doubled the number of titles this year -- now totaling some 11,000 movies and TV shows. With the addition of Fox, Amazon now has deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, and Warner Bros.
Amazon Prime is priced at $79 a year -- which comes to a little under $7 a month. This compares with Netflix's new $7.99-a-month price for streaming. ($16 for Netflix's combined DVD-mail order and streaming service).
Netflix claims slightly more streaming titles -- some 15,000 or so -- than Amazon Prime's 11,000. Netflix's longtime DVD-mail order business amounts to 100,000 titles.
Last week, Dish Network restarted a Blockbuster streaming service, called Blockbuster Movie Pass, for its Dish satellite subscribers. For $10 a month, there are 100,000 mail-order titles and 4,000 available titles for streaming.