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Netflix responds to Amazon, offers new content from CBS

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February

Right on the heels of Amazon's announcement about free video streaming for Amazon Prime members comes news from Netflix about new content coming in April as part of a new two-year deal with CBS.images.jpg

The content included in the new deal includes some classic TV shows from the CBS Archives including "Frasier," "Family Ties" and "Cheers" Also included will be episodes from the original "Hawaii Five-0" and episodes from all generations of "Star Trek." An 80's cult favorite, "Twin Peaks" will be part of the new offering too and some '60s classics, "The Twilight Zone" and "The Andy Griffith Show," also will be available.

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Although Netflix already has a large piece of the streaming video pie with more than 20-million subscribers, it's good to see them acknowledge the Amazon announcement by expanding their library of content. Because they support mobile devices and Amazon currently does not, I don't think the Amazon Prime offering is any real threat to them. So at this point Amazon's move seems more like a marketing ploy to expose more customers to their Prime service and the paid portion of their streaming video library. When competing companies try to one-up each other, however, the consumer almost always benefits. So let's hope they continue to slug it out.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:07pm]

    

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