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Removal of Food Network shows from Amazon Prime

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By S. Donegan, 24-Mar-2014 16:31 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I was just wondering why the Food Network shows were removed from Amazon Prime. Food Network shows were 95% of the reason why I signed up for Amazon Prime. When my 30 day trial is over with I will cancel since these shows were removed. You cannot get Food Network shows on Netflix or Hulu, so I thought this was a huge plus for Amazon. Just not worth paying $1.99 per episode. If I wanted to pay so much for television I would not have canceled my Dish network service.

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By Bored Board 'Noid, 24-Mar-2014 16:34 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

You'd have to ask the network's lawyers. They're the ones who write the contracts.

I'm sure they'd love to hear people don't think their shows are worth two bucks.

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By Joe, 24-Mar-2014 18:10 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

This was also a huge plus to Prime for me. Really sad to see it go.
At first I thought it was a glitch with the iPad app! Not a single FN show has a single season that is Prime eligible any longer... :(
I will also be reconsidering Prime come renewal time. That $99 fee could get me a bunch of FN shows instead! (Although I will probably buy through iTunes instead of Amazon...)

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By cmomom, 24-Mar-2014 18:54 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I will not renew either if Food Network shows aren't available. It isn't worth my money. Those are pretty much the only shows we watch from Prime!

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By Bored Board 'Noid, 24-Mar-2014 18:59 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Is it really so hard to find something else to watch? Expand your horizons?

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By miarfeus, 24-Mar-2014 19:10 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I am curious too. My wife only really watches shows like Good Eats, Chopped, etc. and all of the sudden they are all $1.99 per episode now. Feels like a double slap in the face with the recent price hike. Purchaser, your brilliant insight is extremely helpful. Thanks.

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By cmomom, 24-Mar-2014 19:49 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Why are you even posting Purchaser? How is your comment helpful? I will find something else to watch, but it won't be on Prime.

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By King Al, 24-Mar-2014 19:50 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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24-Mar-2014 19:49 America/Los_Angeles

Why are you even posting Purchaser? How is your comment helpful? I will find something else to watch, but it won't be on Prime.

Purchaser's comment is more helpful than your comment.

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By Justin Messner, 25-Mar-2014 06:45 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

There at least should have been some sort of notification before the shows were removed. My wife and I sat down after a long day to watch Chopped, which is our favorite show on television, and even though we've watched a couple seasons, it still felt like a punch in the gut when everything was now listed as $1.99. It's even worse since we just signed up last month, and primarily for the Food Network shows. There probably are a lot of other shows to watch on Prime, but now I get to spend even more money to actually watch what I signed up for. Thanks Amazon.

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By dawn, 25-Mar-2014 07:33 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I am so disappointed with food network being removed from prime. Will reconsider prime membership if not returned soon. Poor decision on Amazon's part.

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By Bored Board 'Noid, 25-Mar-2014 07:36 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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25-Mar-2014 07:33 America/Los_Angeles

I am so disappointed with food network being removed from prime. Will reconsider prime membership if not returned soon. Poor decision on Amazon's part.

"Poor decision on Amazon's part."

Wasn't their decision. Your ire should be directed at FN and their contract lawyers.

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By **MeyaPaloozza**, 25-Mar-2014 07:37 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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25-Mar-2014 07:33 America/Los_Angeles

I am so disappointed with food network being removed from prime. Will reconsider prime membership if not returned soon. Poor decision on Amazon's part.

Dawn, if a show is gone from Prime Videos, it is because the contract has ended. If the studio/rights holder doesn't renew, there is nothing Amazon can do. Your complaint is with the rights holder.

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By David M. Britton, 25-Mar-2014 07:49 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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25-Mar-2014 07:33 America/Los_Angeles

I am so disappointed with food network being removed from prime. Will reconsider prime membership if not returned soon. Poor decision on Amazon's part.

As annoying as it is, Amazon had nothing to do with this.
Amazon bought the rights to stream it on Prime, and those rights had an expiration date on them.
When it was over, they can't stream it anymore until the contract lawyers for the Food Network agree to let them stream again.

For future reference, put a show in your watchlist, and it will tell you when it's about to expire.
I also realize Purchaser can come across as more abrasive then steel wool, but I assure you, she means well. :)

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By Justin Messner, 25-Mar-2014 08:40 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

People can blame the Food Network all they want, but contracts are two way streets. Additionally, Amazon is the one paying Food Network for the right to stream these shows. Why would it be the Food Networks job to get this contract renewed when it's Amazon's instant video service?

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By **MeyaPaloozza**, 25-Mar-2014 08:44 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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25-Mar-2014 08:40 America/Los_Angeles

People can blame the Food Network all they want, but contracts are two way streets. Additionally, Amazon is the one paying Food Network for the right to stream these shows. Why would it be the Food Networks job to get this contract renewed when it's Amazon's instant video service?

Seriously?

Because FN owns the shows.

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By Nathan Selmer, 25-Mar-2014 08:46 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Yeah...HGtv is gone too....I am livid. What is going on Amazon?

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By **MeyaPaloozza**, 25-Mar-2014 08:48 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Any chance there are shows about reading comprehension?

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By Bored Board 'Noid, 25-Mar-2014 08:51 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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25-Mar-2014 08:48 America/Los_Angeles

Any chance there are shows about reading comprehension?

There used to be something called The Learning Channel. That's gone too so maybe that's Amazon's fault?

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By **MeyaPaloozza**, 25-Mar-2014 08:53 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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25-Mar-2014 08:51 America/Los_Angeles

There used to be something called The Learning Channel. That's gone too so maybe that's Amazon's fault?

Perhaps they are also responsible for Pontiac going away.

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By David M. Britton, 25-Mar-2014 09:10 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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25-Mar-2014 08:40 America/Los_Angeles

People can blame the Food Network all they want, but contracts are two way streets. Additionally, Amazon is the one paying Food Network for the right to stream these shows. Why would it be the Food Networks job to get this contract renewed when it's Amazon's instant video service?

I believe you completely misunderstood what I and others have said.
Amazon bought the rights to stream it from the Food Network.

The contract they made with Amazon was for a certain period of time.
It's up to them to decide to give Amazon access to streaming it again.

I'm not sure why you think contracts are a two way street as well. Amazon has no authority to stream the show again until Food Network lets them. It is 100% up to Food Network here. Not Amazon.

All Amazon can do is ask nicely. Contracts are hardly a two-way street when only one side has all the chips. :)

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By King Al, 25-Mar-2014 09:11 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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25-Mar-2014 07:33 America/Los_Angeles

I am so disappointed with food network being removed from prime. Will reconsider prime membership if not returned soon. Poor decision on Amazon's part.

It was not Amazon's decision.

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By King Al, 25-Mar-2014 09:12 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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25-Mar-2014 08:40 America/Los_Angeles

People can blame the Food Network all they want, but contracts are two way streets. Additionally, Amazon is the one paying Food Network for the right to stream these shows. Why would it be the Food Networks job to get this contract renewed when it's Amazon's instant video service?

It is likely that Food Network wanted too much money, so yes, it IS Food Network's decision.

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By Justin Messner, 25-Mar-2014 09:35 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

You are misunderstanding my point as well. Of course these are the Food Network's shows, and Amazon did pay for the right to stream these shows for a certain amount of time. But Amazon Prime is Amazon's responsibility. It is not the Food Networks job to put shows on Amazon Prime.

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By Bored Board 'Noid, 25-Mar-2014 09:36 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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25-Mar-2014 09:35 America/Los_Angeles

You are misunderstanding my point as well. Of course these are the Food Network's shows, and Amazon did pay for the right to stream these shows for a certain amount of time. But Amazon Prime is Amazon's responsibility. It is not the Food Networks job to put shows on Amazon Prime.

"It is not the Food Networks job to put shows on Amazon Prime"

Yes, it is.

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By **MeyaPaloozza**, 25-Mar-2014 09:37 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

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25-Mar-2014 09:35 America/Los_Angeles

You are misunderstanding my point as well. Of course these are the Food Network's shows, and Amazon did pay for the right to stream these shows for a certain amount of time. But Amazon Prime is Amazon's responsibility. It is not the Food Networks job to put shows on Amazon Prime.

Are you being intentionally obtuse? It is absolutely Food Network's job to do so. They must authorize it. When the contact ended, Amazon no longer had a legal right to make them available on Prime.

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