Amazon Prime Instant Video will be getting shows from Viacom, which owns MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Pictures.  Yay!  Now people will probably have to buy into two streaming services to get everything they want!  Over the past few days, you may have noticed your Netflix selections getting a little bit lighter.  That’s because Netflix and Viacom couldn’t agree on a deal that included the money the shows were worth and which titles would be exclusive.  I wish this exclusivity thing would go away.

Viacom Gets Cozy with Amazon

I generally think exclusivity is a bad thing.  Maybe I’m wrong.  Streaming services are not competing on price, or the amount of devices you can stream them on, or diversity of titles…they’re competing on “you can only get this here and nowhere else.”  And it causes people to have to buy into more services (more cost) or live without one of them (less selection).

Anyway, for those that doesn’t bother at all, the shows under the Viacom umbrella are SpongeBob SquarePants, Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer, Workaholics, Tosh.0, and Beavis & Butt-Head–pretty much anything that’s on the aforementioned networks.  That’s another problem, by the way.  Most people probably don’t identify these shows with “Viacom.”  So searching for certain shows on Netflix is going to be a frustrating experience for many.

So, I guess good for Viacom and Amazon, bad for Netflix, bad for anyone who “wants it all.”