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September 07, 2012 08:20 ET

Netflix Facing Increased Competition as Amazon Signs Licensing Deal With Epix

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 7, 2012) - Shares of Netflix took a hit earlier this week after competitor, announced they had signed a licensing deal with Epix. Netflix had previously paid roughly $200 million a year for the exclusive online rights to stream movies from Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate but their deal expired at the end of August. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Services Sector and provides equity research on, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX).

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Amazon's new deal with Epix will give their "Prime" members access to over 25,000 movies and TV episodes. "The movies covered under the Epix rights have produced approximately 15.5 percent of ticket sales in the U.S.," stated Janney Capital Markets analyst Tony Wible in a recent research note.

"The goal for Amazon with tablets is to keep people in their ecosystem, and that's what they've done by adding more content," said BMO Capital Markets analyst Edward Williams, in a recent interview. "It removes some of the uniqueness of the Netflix content and makes the Amazon offering more competitive."

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Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $79 a year that offers customers unlimited free two-day shipping and unlimited access to instant streaming of movies and TV episodes. "We are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to expand the Prime Instant Video library for our customers. We have now more than doubled this selection of movies and TV episodes to over 25,000 titles in just under a year," said Bill Carr, Vice President of Video and Music at Amazon.

With more than 27 million streaming members in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Netflix is the world's leading internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV programs. The company's online video library is estimated to have over 60,000 movies and TV shows. Shares of the company are down over 20 percent for the year.

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