Inc. this week announced an expansion of a licensing agreement with PBS Distribution to offer current and archived PBS programming to Amazon Prime customers.

Prime members will have access to more than 1,000 episodes of PBS content, including NOVA, Masterpiece and Antiques Roadshow. In early Nov., 200 episodes of ‘The French Chef’ with Julia Child will be made available.

The company said the agreement will bring the total number of Amazon Prime Instant Videos to 12,000 by the end of the year.

Amazon offers free streaming of Prime Instant Videos to members who pay $79 a year for free two-day shipping and one-day shipping at $3.99.

The content distribution deal is prior to the launch of Kindle Fire, a new color tablet that will offer access to Amazon’s library of digital content.

The Kindle Fire, to be sold Nov. 15, includes a full-color 7-inch multi-touch IPS display, Dual-Core CPU, 8GB Internal Memory, Wi-Fi functionality, and up to eight hours of battery life at $199.00.

Kindle Fire Applications include the Amazon Silk Browser, E-Mail, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Appstore, and Amazon Cloud Drive with unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content.

Finally, each Kindle Fire will include a free month of Amazon Prime membership.

Amazon in Sept. announced new Kindle models including the Kindle at $79.00, the Kindle Touch with touch display and built-in Wi-Fi at $99.00, and the Kindle Touch 3G which adds free 3G wireless functionality at $149.00.

The iPad, which currently dominates the tablet market at 30 million units sold, shipped 9.25 million units in the third quarter of 2011.

Products like the XOOM from Motorola Mobility Inc. and the Galaxy Tab from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have failed to make a significant dent with consumers due to $400 to $600 price tags.

HP Aug. 19 price cut the TouchPad 16GB SKU to $99.99 from $499.99 and the 32GB SKU to $149.99 from $599.99 due to lackluster sales.

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