A scene from Iron Chef. Photo via Food Network.
A scene from Iron Chef. Photo via Food Network.

A year after Amazon.com inked a streaming video deal with Scripps Networks Interactive, the alliance appears to have ended. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon Prime Instant Video service dropped programming from Scripps, which included shows such as Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress.” Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef America also is no longer available to stream.

Shows from HGTV, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel were also removed from the Prime service this week, reports GigaOm.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com was not willing to pay the price for the Scripps’ shows. The company also is moving deeper into original programming, similar to what Netflix has been doing with programs like House of Cards.

While the shows from Scripps are no longer available for free to Prime customers, individual episodes may be purchased. Some Prime customers aren’t too happy about the decision, with forums on Amazon filling up with complaints such as this one:

I am so disappointed with food network being removed from prime. Will reconsider prime membership if not returned soon. Poor decision on Amazon’s part.

The decision by Amazon.com also comes after a price hike of the Amazon Prime membership, boosted from $79 to $99 per year.

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  • Mr. Diplomacy

    Food Network should get rid of all competition cooking show. They teach me nothing. Who really cares who the worst cooks are?

    • hibbidydibbidy

      unfortunately, all the channels that were once about informing have given up on it and found that reality and competition shows are the way to make money. Heck, The Learning Channel doesn’t even call itself that anymore, it is just TLC

  • John Z.

    This sucks; this was the only thing that I ever watched on Amazon.

    • hibbidydibbidy

      yep, I went in and set my prime membership to not renew. I was getting my money’s worth with these shows but won’t any longer.

      What also amazes me is if Netflix loses any content it is all over the news. Amazon drops a chunk from their Prime members just as they are raising the cost of the membership and only a couple places report on it.

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