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Amazon Prime Partners with EPIX to Bring 'Hunger Games,' 'Avengers,' 'Iron Man,' 'Thor' & More to Instant Video Library

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 4, 2012 at 12:10PM

Amazon and EPIX announce a new multi-year licensing agreement that will add thousands of new releases, classics titles and original programming to Amazon's Prime Instant Video in the US, doubling the VOD library since the launch of the Kindle Fire a year ago. Included are titles from EPIX studio partners: Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Lionsgate...
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'The Hunger Games'
'The Hunger Games'

Amazon and EPIX announce a new multi-year licensing agreement that will add thousands of new releases, classics titles and original programming to Amazon's Prime Instant Video in the US. This doubles the VOD library from the launch of the Kindle Fire a year ago.  Included are titles from EPIX studio partners: Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Lionsgate. New releases "The Avengers," "Iron Man 2," "The Hunger Games," "Thor," "Kick Ass," "True Grit," "The Lincoln Lawyer" and "Justin Bieber Never Say Never" are among the new additions, putting Prime's offerings at over 25,000.

Not a member of Prime? You can get a free trial month by signing up on Amazon. Best thing about Prime, a key advantage over iTunes -- there's no waiting for download. You can stream all titles immediately. UPDATE: Predictably, this news sent Netflix shares down as much as 10.5% today.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.