Amazon Prime Video service to be integrated into U.S. Comcast's TV platform
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. major Internet and TV service operator Comcast said Thursday that it has forged partnership with American e-commerce giant Amazon to integrate Amazon Prime Video service to its TV platform.
Comcast said its Xfinity TV customers will soon have easier access to Amazon Prime Video contents, including original series like Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and other shows, movies and documentaries.
Comcast users can watch over 160 premium Prime Video channels, such as HBO, Showtime, Starz, and Cinemax after Prime Video is added to Comcast's Xfinity X1 set-top box.
The new agreement between Comcast and Amazon made it the first time for Amazon's Prime Video added to a Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD) platform in the United States.
"Amazon Prime Video's growing list of originals, movies, shows, documentaries, and kids' programming will be an excellent complement to the overall X1 viewing experience," said Dana Strong, president of consumer services at Comcast.
Strong said Comcast' Xfinity X1 continues to be a platform that can "curate live TV, On Demand movies and shows, and streaming internet video and music titles into one, easy-to-use, seamless experience."
Greg Hart, vice president of Amazon Prime Video, said Prime Video is dedicated to making customers' favorite shows and movies effortless to watch.
"The addition of the Prime Video app to X1 will make navigating between Prime Video and live TV easier than ever," he said.
Comcast and Amazon didn't disclose exactly when Prime Video will launch on X1, but said the Amazon Prime Video app is expected to debut on X1 later this year.