Literally just seen this news from a tweet sent out by the guys at LOVEFiLM but it would appear that online retail giant, Amazon are to buy the UK’s biggest online movie rental service. This is gerat news for us, the customers as it may mean cross-over deals and promotions and massive congrats to the guys at LOVEFiLM for news.

It inspires me greatly that a service which was started by two people can grow into something so huge.

According to TechCrunch, Amazon already owned 42 percent of LoveFilm which acquired Amazon’s DVD rental business in 2008.

There’s some more info on their website and the press release is below.

Amazon to Acquire LOVEFiLM International Limited

LUXEMBOURG CITY and LONDON, January 20, 2011 —, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the remaining shares in LOVEFiLM International Limited ( LOVEFiLM is a leading European subscription entertainment service which combines the benefits of online DVD and games rental-by-post as well as streaming films and TV shows instantly over the internet to PCs, internet enabled TVs and Playstation(R)3. LOVEFiLM operates today in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Amazon already has a significant minority shareholding in LOVEFiLM and does not itself operate any similar business in Europe.

“LOVEFiLM has been innovating on behalf of movie rental customers across Europe for many years and with the advent of the LOVEFiLM player, they are further delighting customers by streaming digital movies for their immediate enjoyment,” said Greg Greeley, Amazon’s Vice President of European Retail. “LOVEFiLM and Amazon have enjoyed a strong working relationship since LOVEFiLM acquired Amazon Europe’s DVD rental business in 2008, and we look forward to a productive and innovative future.”

“The deal is a winner for the members who love LOVEFiLM because of its value, choice, convenience and innovation in home entertainment,” said Simon Calver, Chief Executive of LOVEFiLM International. “With Amazon’s unequivocal support we can significantly enhance our members’ experience across Europe.”
The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.