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Amazon adds ‘On Now’ channel navigation to Fire TV

Amazon has added two new features designed to make it easier for US subscribers to its Amazon Channels initiative to watch live programmes through their Fire TV device. Users that have signed up to access TV channels like HBO, Starz and Showtime through Amazon will now see a new row on their Fire TV homepage […]

Berenberg analysts: two views on Amazon Premier League bid

Amazon is likely to win at least one package of English Premier League rights in the auction that opens on February 8, according to media analysts at Berenberg. Berenberg’s telecom analyst team, by contrast, believe that Amazon is unlikely to make a strong bid and that Sky and BT will remain the rights-holders but will […]

SpotX server-side insertion interoperable with AWS

Video ad serving platform SpotX has announced interoperability with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to power server-side insertion for streaming video advertisements with the AWS Elemental MediaTailor service. AWS Elemental MediaTailor is a personalisation and monetisation service that is designed to enable video to be served with targeted ads to end users while maintaining broadcast quality-of-service […]

Amazon exploring Premier League options

Amazon has been actively exploring a possible acquisition of UK rights to the English Premier League in the run-up to next month’s auction, according to a report in UK newspaper The Telegraph. According to the report, citing unnamed sources, Amazon has been talking to industry figures about how it could incorporate premium football in its […]

Amazon teams with ITV for Kate Beckinsale drama

Amazon Prime Video and UK broadcaster ITV are coproducing a limited drama series starring Kate Beckinsale. The Widow will see the Underworld franchise actor playing a grieving widow who receives a phone call that turns her life upside down and takes her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Commissioning broadcaster ITV, which first announced the […]

Amazon reveals subs streaming habits

Amazon Prime Video has unveiled a number of “curious facts” and “milestones” related to its subscribers’ streaming habits last year. In much the same vein as global SVOD rival Netflix, the on-demand service has released stats related to genre, location and programme popularity. Neither service releases viewing numbers for its programming, which means even unusual […]

Amazon rejects comedies as data reveals originals hunger

Amazon Prime Video has turned down all of its latest pilot season comedies, as research from the UK points to new original content as the key driver behind SVOD take-up. Comedies Sea Oak, The Climb and Love You More will not go into development for the coming year. There is also no clear decision made on the future of comedies One […]

Amazon buys first local French dramas

Amazon Prime Video is going a step further in the French market, with its first acquisitions of new local series for its service there. Amazon, which has just become available on Apple TVs after a long period of wrangling, is adding a number of French dramas this December. These include deals with Newen Distribution for […]

Netflix’s Stranger Things tops Danish in-demand list

Netflix’s Stranger Things was far and away the most ‘in-demand’ digital original in Denmark in the week to December 5, according to Parrot Analytics’ latest data on the market. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social […]

Amazon takes Prime to Apple as Google pulls YouTube from Fire

Amazon has launched the Amazon Prime Video app on Apple TV in over 100 countries worldwide, just as Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show. The Prime Video app will be available on Apple TV 4K and previous generations of Apple TV, giving Prime Video members with Apple TV devices access to […]

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