March 22, 2020
As thepandemic continues to spread and force movie theaters to shut down, Amazon has launched a new hub featuring movies that Hollywood hoped you’d be watching right now in the theater. Amazon’s Prime Video Cinema allows you to rent or buy recently released movies through the streaming service.
Movies currently offered through the hub include The Hunt, The Invisible Manand , although Onward is only available at the $18.49 purchase price, while the others are only available for rental at that same reduced price. They’ll be available to rent for 48 hours.,
The Way Back will be added on Tuesday, as well as .and
NBCUniversal said Tuesday it would in the home the same day as their global theatrical releases due to the coronavirus outbreak. Other streaming services such as iTunes and Google Play also offer the titles for streaming purchase and rental.
This is the first time a major Hollywood studio has made a break from the traditional movie release cycle. Movies usually spend upward of six months in theaters before they move on to predetermined dates for release on other formats, such digital downloads and rentals, DVDs and, later, TV and streaming.
An Amazon spokesperson declined to say how long the service would be available.
CNET’s Joan E. Solsman contributed to this report.
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