Amazon Adds MGM Movies

Amazon Instant Video is the quiet third-place contender behind Netflix and Hulu, but the service keeps adding content to its catalog. Many of the titles are available for free streaming — some in high-definition — for customers who pay for an Amazon Prime membership at $79 per year. In addition to benefits such as free two-day shipping on most orders and free “borrowing” of Kindle books, members also get to watch movies and TV online for free.

The service currently has a much smaller catalog than its competitors, but it is growing. Last week, Amazon announced an agreement with MGM to include hundreds of “classic” movies and television episodes. Movies include The Silence of the Lambs, Dances with Wolves, Rain Man and The Terminator. One of the TV series to be added is Stargate.

These additions aren’t likely to catapult Amazon to the top of the online streaming list, but they will help keep it competitive. This is likely to be a long race, and so long as Amazon can keep the other two services in sight, it could be in a position to make a strong move in the future.