Amazon Prime Video has snatched up the relaunched version of American Idol for the U.K. and will air episodes of the music competition show two days after they go out in the U.S.
“To see one of the biggest entertainment shows on a streaming service is a not only a first, but testament to the appetite for American Idol and will be a whole new way to reach fans of the series,” said Jamie Lynn, head of sales and distribution, EMEA for FremantleMedia International, which handles world sales for Idol. “American Idol has launched to fantastic ratings on ABC in the US and we are excited that Amazon Prime Video will become the exclusive home of the new series in the UK with this unique deal.”
Source and more: THR
Outside of the U.K. key buyers of the U.S. series include Foxtel in Australia, Canal Sony in Lat-Am, MNET in South Africa, beIN in the Middle East, and SIC in Portugal. The U.S. show will go out in 150 territories in all internationally.
Source and more: Variety
The lucrative deal serves as a significant boost to Idol‘s financial targets and ultimately, its Season 17 renewal prospects. Stay tuned for updates…