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Acclaimed Indie Movies from Drafthouse Films Now Streaming Exclusively on Prime Instant Video

Deal with Cinedigm adds critically acclaimed independent movies from Drafthouse Films, including Cheap Thrills, The Congress and Borgman

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 26, 2014-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with Cinedigm that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription streaming home for a collection of groundbreaking independent movies from Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Exclusive titles available today for unlimited streaming by Prime members in the U.S. include Cheap Thrills, a blackly comic thriller starring David Koechner and Ethan Embry, Ben Wheatley’s psychedelic sorcery film A Field in England, sci-fi cult classic The Visitor, and Abel Ferrara’s legendary Ms. 45.

Additional films from the boutique label’s curated theatrical slate to be added exclusively to Prime Instant Video in the coming months include:

Two additional titles, highly acclaimed rock-doc A Band Called Death and award-winning coming-of-age film I Declare War, are also available today. Those who are not already members of Amazon Prime can sign up at www.amazon.com/primeinstantvideo.

This roster of new movies boasts numerous award winners. Cheap Thrills won the SXSW Midnight Audience Award for black comedy thriller; The Congress was named a triple award winner at Fantastic Fest for Best Actress, Director and Writer; and 20,000 Days on Earth won awards for both directing and editing at Sundance 2014.

“We know our customers love great independent films and we are excited to add these engaging indies from Drafthouse Films exclusively to Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “These film festival favorites and award winners are both provocative and entertaining, and we know Prime members will enjoy watching them.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Cinedigm secured this deal with Amazon for our titles,” noted Drafthouse Films COO James Emanuel Shapiro.

“We are always seeking new ways to share the films we love with the widest audience possible, and working with Prime Instant Video is helping us accomplish that mission,” said Yolanda Macias, EVP Digital Sales for Cinedigm.

Prime Instant Video Exclusives

Prime Instant Video is the exclusive online-only subscription home for a large and constantly-expanding selection of hit series, making it the go-to destination for Prime members who want to stay up to date on their favorite shows. Popular choices include HBO classics The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under, recent HBO favorites Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords, and select seasons of current HBO series True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and Treme. Other hit TV show exclusives include PBS series Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, FX dramas The Americans and Justified, as well as 24, Orphan Black, Falling Skies, Hannibal, Grimm, Workaholics, Suits, Covert Affairs, Teen Wolf, Veronica Mars, CBS summer blockbuster series Under the Dome and later this summer, Extant. Prime Instant Video also offers an exclusive collection of kids shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. that customers won’t find on any other online-only subscription service, including favorites like SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Blue’s Clues, and The Bubble Guppies. Airing now, Amazon’s first original series Alpha House and Betas and first original kids series Tumble Leaf can be found exclusively on Prime Instant Video as well.

Customers can enjoy Prime Instant Videos on hundreds of compatible Amazon Instant Video devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Fire phone, Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation and the Wii. Prime Instant Video is the only U.S. online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on a plane, on vacation, and anywhere else where you may not have Wi-Fi. Customers can download tens of thousands of Prime Instant Video titles to their new Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Fire HDX.

About Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Instant Video is a digital video streaming and download service that offers Amazon customers the ability to rent, purchase or subscribe to a huge catalog of videos. Customers can choose from more than 200,000 titles to purchase or rent—movies range from new releases to classic favorites, and Amazon Instant Video offers major television shows, entire seasons, or even day after air TV. Prime Instant Video is Amazon’s video subscription offer—it includes tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes selected from the full assortment available at Amazon Instant Video.

About Amazon.com

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