Amazon Prime Instant Video Acquires UK Rights To Starz’s ‘Outlander’

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After months of negotiations Outlander has found a UK home.

Amazon Prime Instant Video UK has reportedly closed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Starz’s original drama series starring Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, according to Broadcast.

Outlander spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one grandiose tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

The series, which has already been renewed for a second season, is based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon and was developed for television by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore. Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzes, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Duncan Lacroix, Annette Badland, Lotte Verbeek and Stephen Walters also star. The drama series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Outlander is the latest exclusive acquisition for Amazon Prime Instant Video, who have been upping their investment in the UK arm of their streaming service in the past year. It joins a strong line up of first run series on  Amazon Prime Instant Video UK such as Extant, Rogue, Constantine, Vikings and fellow Starz drama Black Sails.

For its part, the deal between Amazon Prime Instant Video UK and Sony Pictures Television comes after lengthy and “extremely complex” negotiations, which began shortly after the LA Screenings and nearly fell apart on more than one occasion. TVWise exclusively reported last week that the deal had been closed, though at the time it was unclear who the buyer was.

  • Coxy

    Hate it how we’re becoming more and more like the US with different services. Much easier when you could just pay for sky and get access to all the channels. Now you need netflix, amazon etc to watch ALL of the good stuff.

    • Lisa Mundie

      I know, as if we don’t pay enough for the TV services we already have (Sky, Virgin Media etc.) we then end up having to pay for other services just to watch good American shows! So not fair

      • Matthew Hewitt

        ‘Fair’ has got nothing to do with it, it’s business not charity – nobody is forcing you to pay for anything. Besides using a VPN with Netflix makes multiple subscirptions (including cable/satellite) pretty much redundant.

    • The Kingslayer

      I love it. Amazon and Netflix are quality streaming services. Besides you only really need Sky’s basic package for Sky Atlantic and Fox.

      Plus both create their own shows.