Several weeks after word of the deal first leaked out, Amazon Prime Instant Video – who have now been operating in the UK for exactly one year – has confirmed that they have picked up the exclusive UK broadcast rights to multiple seasons of Outlander after striking a deal with Sony Pictures Television.
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.
“In the last year we have launched some fantastic shows for our customers, what better way to celebrate our first anniversary than by bringing the gripping first series of Outlander exclusively to our millions of UK Prime members,” said Jay Marine, Vice President of Amazon Prime Instant Video in the EU.
“Filmed in Scotland and already hugely popular stateside, we can’t wait to bring the show and its stellar cast of breakthrough British talent to the UK where we know there is a huge fan following already”, Marine added. “This addition to the Amazon Prime Instant Video portfolio will be in great company alongside our exciting range of award winning and critically acclaimed original and exclusive TV shows such as Transparent, Ripper Street, Bosch, Vikings, and Mozart in the Jungle.”
Outlander will premiere on Amazon Prime Instant Video UK on Thursday March 26th, when the first 8 episodes will be available to stream. Further episodes will then be added every Sunday from April 5th, less than 24 hours after they debut on Starz in the United States.