Amazon Prime adds ‘West Wing’ and ‘Fringe’ in exclusive streaming deal

Amazon has struck a deal with Warner Bros. to bring West Wing and Fringe to its Amazon Prime Instant Video service before its rivals get the TV shows — the latest step its effort to boost the streaming features of its Amazon Prime subscription service.

The company, competing against services such as Hulu and Netflix, announced the deal this morning, saying that the shows will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video for the summer. The shows, both of which have devoted fan followings, have’t previously been available for streaming on any online service.

Amazon Prime Instant Video comes as part of a $79/year Amazon Prime subscription, which also includes free shipping on certain items from Amazon and digital book rentals for owners of Kindle devices. Amazon also sells and rents streaming shows and movies to non-subscribers through its broader Amazon Instant Video service.

Prime Instant Video is available on devices including Roku, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in addition to computers.

Pro tip: Amazon offers one-month free Amazon Prime trials, just in case you want to squeeze in a West Wing marathon this summer.