The Return of Amazon, YouTube and Netflix This ‘n That

* You may have already noticed the new partnership between Amazon Prime and NBC Universal. Friday Night Lights, Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation, Heroes and The Starter Wife are all part of the deal.

* Epix and Amazon also inked a new deal so after Epix’s 90-day exclusivity Amazon will get titles like The Hunger Games and The Avengers, presumably at the same time as Netflix. This currently benefits Amazon by adding Thor, Super 8, Iron Man 2 and True Grit to their catalog. These are of course already available on Netflix.

* In spite of recent gains, Amazon Prime’s movie selection pales in comparison to that of Netflix. On the other hand they do have a good selection and it’s only $79 a year versus $96 for Netflix. That and Amazon Prime gets you FREE access to the Kindle Lending Library.

Not to further shill for Amazon but you also get FREE 2-day shipping on now over 15 million items. Amazon Prime’s 2-day shipping is now more popular than their old Super Saver option. Speaking of popularity:

Most Popular Prime Movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Most Popular Prime Television: Downton Abbey

Most Borrowed E-book: The Hunger Games

* Netflix has cleaned up and improved the account management page. I already like it but more improvements are coming over the next month.

* Since Amazon is getting Netflix castoffs, it seems only right for Netflix to pick up some of the Amazon catalog. Shooter, Mission Impossible, Mission Impossible III, Deep Impact, and Star Trek: Insurrection are now available on Netflix streaming.

* Troma films has released 150 movies for FREE viewing on YouTube. These include early Lugosi and Karloff films like The Ape & White Zombie on up to recent Troma films like Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Undead.