Outlander is staying put on Amazon.
Amazon Prime Instant Video UK has picked up exclusive rights to future seasons of the Starz period drama after extending their licensing deal with international distributor Sony Pictures Television. The show’s second season will premiere on Amazon in the UK in 2016, with episodes being made available to stream within 24 hours of their initial broadcast on Starz.
The streaming service initially acquired Outlander in a deal with Sony in February 2015 after extremely lengthy negotiations and a heated bidding war involving several traditional UK broadcasters. The deal, which was not entirely welcomed by Outlander‘s ardent fan base, was the latest example of streaming services like Amazon and Netflix taking on traditional broadcasters for big ticket US dramas.
Amazon claims that Outlander was a huge success with their subscribers, though like their closest competitor Netflix UK they refuse to release specific ratings data. Per the streaming service, Outlander broke records to “become the most streamed show in its opening week” and also set a new record for “the highest number of customers streaming a single season in a day”.
The news that Amazon has secured future seasons of Outlander comes less than 24 hours after Vicious and Harry Potter star Frances de la Tour joined the series in a starring role as Mother Hildegarde. Also joining the cast for the second season is Audrey Brisson as Sister Angelique, one of Mother Hidegarde’s nuns; and Dominique Piñon as Master Raymond, a small kindly apothecary who is described as being “a mysterious healer” with a great deal of knowledge regarding secret matters, both political and occult.