Amazon Prime Instant Video adds even more kids shows to stream
James R | On 28, Jan 2014
Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam and Chuggington are arriving on Amazon Prime Instant Video, as the service expands its kids’ content.
The Amazon company already has an impressive array of children’s shows, from He-Man and ThunderCats to Postman Pat and Ren and Stimpy. Now, Amazon Prime Instant Video has made a wave of new deals to retain the streaming rights for its classic characters, such as He-Man and Postman Pat, while introducing new episodes of other shows.
The agreements include leading independent children’s entertainment producers HIT Entertainment, Ludorum and DreamWorks Classics and will bring a number of exclusive special episodes unavailable to stream anywhere else.
Through the deal with HIT Entertainment, Amazon Prime Instant Video has added popular programmes such as Pingu, Where’s Wally, Bob the Builder and Kipper, alongside over 50 episodes of Thomas & Friends – including a variety of first-run exclusive feature-length movies featuring the little blue engine, such as Blue Mountain Mystery, Misty Island Rescue and Day of the Diesels.
Members can now also follow the exciting, action-packed adventures of Wilson, Brewster and Koko, as Chuggington arrives from Ludorum and becomes available to stream for the first time and exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video. This hugely popular kids’ show sees the trainees ride the rails through the world of Chuggington and take on challenges that test their courage, speed and determination.
These great kids’ characters are the latest additions to the Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming catalogue that already features many fan favourites, including Rupert Bear, Postman Pat and Casper the Friendly Ghost – all of which have been retained by Amazon through a new deal with DreamWorks Classics.
This content deal also includes renewals of popular animated series Transylvanian Pet Shop, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Noddy in Toyland, and many more.
During 2013, parents from around the UK named Amazon Prime Instant Video the top film and TV streaming service for families, with nine in ten users (89 per cent) of parenting website Netmums stating it is best in class for kids’ entertainment due to its high quality content, value for money and lack of adverts.
Chris Bird, Director, Content Strategy, said: “The addition of this new children’s content enhances our already fantastic range of iconic characters and classic shows. Our streaming service is particularly suited to family content, and parents and their kids can now enjoy an even broader variety of family-friendly entertainment whenever they want, however they want.”
For our picks of the best family-friendly content on the Amazon service, see our top kids shows on Amazon Prime Instant Video.