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Seven Shows You May Not Know Are Streaming Exclusively on Amazon

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 1, 2014 at 2:05PM

To state the obvious, the world of online episodic streaming is competitive. It's certainly not all about Netflix anymore. But it's crucial to get those exclusive series. Especially if you're Amazon and, as of 2015, the Prime annual fee is making the steep jump from $79 for a one-year subscription to $99.
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Tatiana Maslany in 'Orphan Black'
BBC America Tatiana Maslany in 'Orphan Black'

To state the obvious, the world of online episodic streaming is competitive. It's certainly not all about Netflix anymore. But it's crucial to get those exclusive series. Especially if you're Amazon and, as of 2015, the Prime annual fee is making the steep jump from $79 for a one-year subscription to $99. (As the company pointed out in its alert email, Prime has stayed at the same price point for the past five years.) 

Downton Abbey Season 4

So Amazon is on the case to keep the Prime membership worth it. As of April 1, Prime Instant is the sole place viewers can stream Fox's mega fave "24" (it was formerly available on Netflix, but no more -- unless you're in the UK). 

Plus, "Downton Abbey," "The Americans," "Justified," "Orphan Black," "Hannibal," "Workaholics" and "Under the Dome," to name a few, can also only be streamed on the site. (Reid Roosefelt is tracking series and films that are on Amazon but not Netflix here.)

Meanwhile, they're hard at work churning out original series, using the method of pilot testing, via user votes and reviews, to gauge how well a show floats with prospective audiences. Four new shows were given full-season pickups March 31; Jill Soloway's "Transparent," Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman's "Mozart in the Jungle," starring Gael Garcia Bernal, "X Files" creator Chris Carter's "The After" and gritty procedural "Bosch."

This comes ahead of an April 2 announcement in which Amazon is expected to unveil plans for its streaming TV box.

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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.