Amazon’s Lovefilm takes bite out of US drama The Walking Dead

AMAZON’S Lovefilm has won the rights to screen US horror series The Walking Dead, the latest deal for the internet video service as it ramps up competition with Netflix.

Lovefilm, which Amazon bought in 2011 for £200m, said the deal means its £4.99-per-month service will be the only place in the UK to stream the show in the next 18 months. Lovefilm added several Disney classics this week and, earlier in the month, beat arch-rival Netflix to the rights to Viacom shows including Jersey Shore and SpongeBob Squarepants.

The Walking Dead, whose fourth season premieres in the autumn, stars British actor Andrew Lincoln and was created by Frank Darabont, the man behind The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption. Amazon said the first season is available immediately with the others set to follow.

Both Amazon and Netflix have expanded into creating their own content in recent months.