Currently, Lionsgate movies come to Amazon Prime Video after a theatrical run. For movies in 2020 and beyond, don’t expect to see them come to Amazon after Lionsgate does a deal with Hulu and FX.
Times are changing. Right now, Lionsgate movies come to Amazon Prime Video as part of the Prime membership after a theatrical and DVD release. That’s going to stop as of 2020.
According to Deadline, Lionsgate has done a deal with Hulu and FX, bringing an end to the current Epix deal. Movies that are released in 2020 and 2021 will head to Hulu and get a run on the FX network. They will no longer come to Amazon Prime Video. This doesn’t affect the movies released this year, which will still head to the streaming service after theatrical and DVD releases.
What does this mean for Amazon? It’s not looking good. Lionsgate isn’t the only one making some changes. Paramount has been strengthening ties with Netflix, which could mean we stop seeing the Paramount movies on Prime Video later on. MGM still owns Epix and those movies will still come to Amazon Prime Video for the time being.
Of course, other studios could decide to do a deal with Amazon, bringing their productions onto the streaming service as part of the Prime membership. The problem is that most other production companies are looking at creating their own services. Disney has its own upcoming service and WarnerMedia is talking about its own likely early next year. Even NBCUniversal is looking at its own streaming service and CBS already has CBS All Access.
The saving grace for Amazon is the Digital releases of movies. You’ll still be able to get movies through Amazon Video to watch on the go without the physical discs. Amazon Channels also makes it possible to watch many movies on the likes of HBO and STARZ.
What do you think about Lionsgate movies no longer coming to Amazon Prime Video next year? What do you currently watch on the streaming service? Share your thoughts in the comments below.