Lionsgate strikes UK streaming deal with Amazon Prime Video

Chris Evans in Rian Johnson's <i>Knives Out</i>. (Lionsgate)
Chris Evans in Rian Johnson's Knives Out. (Lionsgate)

Begun, the streaming wars have.

Amazon today announced that it has done a new deal with Lionsgate to be the UK’s “first window streaming home” to the studio’s recently released and upcoming theatrical feature films.

The multi-year deal, which begins on 1 January 2020, will make Amazon Prime Video the first place in the UK you can stream Lionsgate films including Angel Has Fallen and Rambo: Last Blood.

The agreement also encompasses upcoming Lionsgate films such as Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Lionsgate UK’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, and the buzzy Bombshell, which looks set to be an awards contender.

“We’re excited to be bringing Lionsgate’s slate of compelling movies to Prime Video,” said Martin Backlund, Head of Content UK, Prime Video.

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“Our customers will be delighted that Lionsgate’s Hollywood and British blockbuster movies are coming to Prime Video.”

“We’re delighted to expand our longstanding relationship with Amazon to bring our films to their Prime Video service in the UK,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer.

“It is a great new collaboration with an important content partner in the worldwide arena, underscoring the breadth and depth of the Lionsgate slate.”

Amazon Prime is £7.99 a month.

The deal follows hot on the heels of the recent launch of Disney+ in North America, and the upcoming HBO Max which will be the exclusive home of the much-anticipated Friends reunion special.

The Lionsgate titles join the thousands of TV shows and movies available on Prime Video including UK-produced Amazon Original series such as Good Omens, The Grand Tour and All or Nothing: Manchester City, as well as award winning Amazon Original series such as Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Boys, Homecoming and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and movies like the Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea from Lionsgate’s sister company Roadside Attractions, along with Mindy Kaling’s Late Night, and The Aeronauts when they launch.