Amazon Prime Video – Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and Amazon announced on Wednesday that they had reached a licensing agreement to expand Prime Video’s streaming library. Amazon Prime Video will take over for Peacock’s new titles after a short run there.
NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service will no longer offer live-action Universal films after their earlier pay-one premieres on Prime Video. The deal will begin in 2022. Both Amazon Prime Video and its free and ad-supported IMDb TV service will benefit from the deal.
After Universal Films’ run on Peacock, Amazon Prime Video will exclusively broadcast their films
Peacock shares its exclusive rights to Jurassic World: Dominion, The 355, and Ambulance with Prime Video starting after the theatrical releases.
With this agreement, the streaming service will have access to classic Universal titles like Get Out and Love Actually as well as films from the Fast & Furious, Jurassic Park, and Bourne series. Amazon Prime Video will eventually offer MINION: The Rise of Gru and DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.
IMDb TV will stream titles from the Universal library, including The Invisible Man, Fast and Furious 9, and Sing 2. The deal includes the animated films Despicable Me 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Shrek 2 on IMDb TV.
It follows a proposed acquisition of MGM to help expand their respective libraries, and comes at a time when Amazon is looking to expand its content offerings.
Universal’s deal feels significant in the sense that many of the films that will be available on the services are already staples of beloved franchises, like the Fast and Jurassic films, signaling Amazon’s intention of being an intense competitor in the streaming wars.
IMDb TV’s Dean and Lauren Anderson took another step in solidifying the reputation of IMDb TV as a premium free destination for blockbuster films in a statement about the licensing agreement with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and Amazon’s ad-supported service.
Universal, DreamWorks, and Peacock will stream exclusively through Peacock, which is owned by NBCUniversal.
A movie from Illumination or Focus Films should be released within four months of its debut in theaters. During the regular 18-month pay-one window, the films will stream on Peacock for four months, subsequently move to other services, and then eventually return for the last four months of that period.
You will be able to watch either Jurassic World: Dominion or Minions: The Rise of Gru on one of these services eventually, even if you miss them in theaters. It may be worth checking to see which is streaming the show, whenever you decide to try it.