Sorry Netflix: Amazon Prime to be the Exclusive Subscription Streaming Home for 'Downton Abbey

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February 1st, 2013

Amazon announced today via their website that their Instant Prime Video service will have exclusive streaming rights for Downton Abbey's third season starting in June, and Seasons 1 and 2 will become exclusive later this year (Read: we're yanking them from other streaming sites!) they also confirmed that all future seasons will only be found on Amazon.  Here's the full statement:

Dear Customers,

Good news for Prime members. We've just completed a deal with PBS to make Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription home for streaming Downton Abbey's Season 3 starting in June, and all new seasons for years to come. Prior Seasons 1 and 2, already the most popular TV seasons on Prime Instant Video, are available now for catch up viewing—and will also become exclusive to Prime Instant Video later this year.

If you can't wait until June for Season 3, you can also buy each episode at Amazon Instant Video the day after it airs. And starting now, we're also making the last three weeks of this season's episodes available to purchase before they air on TV in the US. When you buy a TV Pass to Downton Abbey's Season 3, or if you already have one, you will receive all remaining episodes instantly.


  • JustToClarify

    I guess I should watch the first two seasons while they’re still on Netflix then.

  • Mike

    As with all things consumers are the ones that end up the losers. It is just like the movie channels, they all fight for exclusive rights to movies and stuff so that you always had to add more and pay more.

    now these streaming services are doing the same. You try to save money by doing something like Netflix and then things like this happen.

    Sorry but to all of you streaming services, I refuse to pay for all of you. If a show wants to go exclusive with one of you then you just lose my viewership. I refuse to pay for Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, and Netflix all.

  • Holly

    Seems odd that PBS would give up the rights to stream them too.

  • DW

    oh im sure pbs has the rights the day after during the shows run. if its like the other exclusives amazon has , the exclusives usually run for 6-12 months. they had exclusive to the west wing now its up on Netflix.

  • JulieDawn

    Well. I wonder what that means for Canada then, as currently Amazon Canada doesn’t offer the Prime video service. Up here, it’s basically Netflix or iTunes for (legal!) TV show digital streaming/downloads.

  • NEK38583

    Does this mean that for season 4 we will not be able to get the dvds through netflix ? I am getting season 3 now, but I was wondering ahead.

  • Robert Seidman

    Seems odd that PBS would give up the rights to stream them too.

    Exclusive “subscription” service. Correct info was in the post, but I modified the headline. PBS is still streaming episodes, at least while they are current.

  • Holly

    Ah…read the text, Holly, read the text.

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    I guess i’ll watch the 1st 2 seasons on Netflix while they’re still there and then i will watch the rest illegally. i’m not paying for amazon prime or whatever

  • JC

    Very much agreed Mike. This was coming sooner or later but fortunately I’ve learned from past mistakes.

  • DW

    i just with this was on a channel that didn’t need a cable or internet subscription. :)

  • kyle

    Well I believe that exclusive streaming is bad for the show. Look at Breaking Bad, its on Netflix and Amazon and its ratings for great because fans can catch up. Now Community is on only Hulu but its ratings are not that great. I think that netflix and amazon could be good for struggling shows.

  • Anon

    I could have sworn I saw “Downton Abbey” in a Netflix commercial earlier today.


    @kyle — I agree. Also, I think ‘Downton Abbey’ is only streaming the first season on Netflix (unfortunately). I agree with others here. I’m not going to buy other services even though it is annoying, the exclusive thing.

  • TVDude

    I honestly doubt Netflix cares much. They aren’t likely to lose any subscribers over a PBS show. In my opinion, Amazon’s, the one who lost, because they probably over paid for something that won’t impact subscriptions.

  • DaxJackson

    UK Netflix have rights for Downton Abbey, they even already have Season 3 on there atm. If people really wanted to see it, it wouldn’t be hard to get the UK Netflix in the US.

  • Rebecca

    Yeah, it’s only the first season that’s on Netflix. Seven episodes. So I started watching it yesterday. PBS site has the current season’s episodes. I’ll probably find season 2 on the project free tv site, I guess, if I like the show enough to keep watching.

  • whocares12345

    I’d rather gouge my eyes out if forced to watch a boring British period piece.

  • Luke

    Re: whocares12345

    I wouldn’t really call it a ‘boring british period piece’ it is one of the most watched shows over here and even had good records for the christmas special, the british channels, BBC, ITV they make amazing period pieces, I’m not a fan of Downton myself, but 20 odd million for a christmas special is very good numbers.

    The only ‘period piece’ I’m watching at the moment is Ripper Street and that is very good. So to end my discussion, us brits makes decent TV and I don’t see why you guys don’t take better notice.

  • Rebecca

    Finally started watching it on Netflix…the pilot was so-so but episodes after that were much better. Now I’m hooked and am on episode 2 of season 2 (not on Netflix, but hulu plus has the first two seasons right now).

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