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Amazon signs licensing deal with Warner Bros for films and TV series in India

Amazon has signed a long-term licensing deal with Warner Bros for a slate of films and TV shows for its Prime Video streaming service in India. As is usual, the company did not reveal the duration of the licensing deal.

Movies that Amazon gets as part of the deal: Sully, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, The Conjuring 2, Lights Out, Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Annabelle, and Into the Storm, among others.

TV Series: Lethal Weapon, Supernatural, Blindspot, The Last Ship, 2 Broke Girls, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Two and a Half Men — episodes of these series will release on Prime Video right after their US airing.

Note that most of these shows are already on Prime Video, so Amazon has presumably renewed their license to these shows in the deal.

More Amazon deals

Amazon has announced several deals with Indian and international studios for Prime Video in India. Some of them are:

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— A deal with Paramount for franchises like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the Michael Bay produced one) and Mission: Impossible, among other films, announced in April.
— A deal with Lionsgate for films like La La Land and Deepwater Horizon, announced in March.
— A deal with indie studio Cinestaan for post-theatrical release of the films Dev Bhoomi, Death in the Gunj, and The Hungry.
— A deal with OML for 14 stand-up specials, many of which have released. Comics on the deal include Biswa Kalyan Rath, Kanan Gill, Aravind SA, and Naveen Richard.

In addition to these, the company has signed animation deals with SS Rajamouli and TV Asahi (for Hindi-dubbed versions of Doraemon, Shin Chan and Ninja Hattori), and signed Bollywood film libraries from Dharma Productions and T-Series.

Netflix, Amazon’s largest competitor, has similarly signed on with Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment and multiple individual independent films. It has not announced international licensing deals as frequently as Amazon. Hotstar’s Premium service has signed an ongoing deal with HBO that gives it access to many of its shows, films, and specials.

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