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.