Amazon Prime Video has inked an exclusive deal with TV Asahi to stream anime shows – Doraemon, Shin Chan, and Ninja Hattori in India, along with regular updates of the episodes.
Doraemon, created by Fujiko F. Fujio, is a Japanese manga series that was later adapted into an anime series and media franchise. The anime adaptation of Japanese manga series, Shin chan created by Yoshiko Tsui, has been on air on TV Asahi since 1992 and continues to be aired to-date. Created by Fujiko Fujio A, Ninja Hattori is a manga series that was later adapted into an anime series for television in the 80’s with new episodes produced again in 2012. It is presently on air in several Asian countries.
This will be Amazon Prime Video’s animation content deal in India. Earlier, In October 2016, Amazon signed a multi-year content deal with Green Gold Animation to stream all of Green Gold’s future TV episodes and TV movies of Chhota Bheem, Super Bheem and Mighty Raju on Amazon Prime Video. These content partnerships, among others seem to be in preparation for Amazon Prime Video’s India launch which is scheduled to happen in December 2016.
Amazon Prime Video’s content partnerships in India
Since the Amazon Prime’s India launch in July 2016, the company has been adding content into its library by tying up with distributors and content creators. In September 2016, Amazon signed a long term agreement with Dharma Productions to stream films and upcoming releases from the production house on Prime Video in India.
In the same month, Amazon also signed an exclusive content agreement with T-Series for 17 of its underproduction films. These films will be available on Amazon Prime Video, within few weeks of the theatrical release and also before their television premiere. This list of films include Tum Bin 2, Raabta, Yaariyan 2, Hate Story 4, among others. Also, in the same month, Amazon inked a content deal with Mukesh Bhatt-owned Vishesh Films for movies and TV series.
In October 2016, Amazon launched Amazon Music Unlimited, a music streaming service, with Alexa voice controls for iOS, Android, Web, PC, Mac and Fire devices in the US.