Amazon Adds MGM Catalog to Video-Streaming Service Inc. forged a licensing agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., letting the online retailer add “The Silence of the Lambs,” and hundreds of other movies and TV shows to its Internet video service.

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video catalog now includes more than 18,000 films and TV episodes, the Seattle-based e-commerce company said today in a statement. Users can watch the programs on their computers, Kindle Fire tablets or other devices.

The MGM catalog, which includes “Terminator,” “Dances With Wolves” and “Rain Man,” will help Amazon’s video service compete with rival offerings from Apple Inc. and Google Inc.’s YouTube. The companies are racing to add more content and features as more consumers start watching professionally produced entertainment on their computers.

“MGM offers one of the most distinguished catalogs in all of Hollywood,” Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, said in the statement.

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