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M&A chatter continues with Amazon and Lionsgate rumours

Lionsgate has emerged as the latest major entertainment group set for consolidation, with Amazon among those linked with a takeover. According to US media outlets, a CBS-Viacom combination and telco Verizon are also interested in Lionsgate, which itself acquired premium cable network for US$4.4 billion in one of 2017’s biggest media deals. The CBS-Viacom party is […]

Amazon cancels comedies as it steps up drama focus

Amazon is continuing its purge of comedies, now ridding of One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Last month Amazon Prime Video turned down all of its latest pilot season comedies including Sea Oak, The Climb and Love You More. Now, Tig Nataro’s One Mississippi will not continue on the service after two successful seasons. Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick has been cancelled after one season, while […]

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 […]

Netflix UK subs rate slows as Now TV gains – BARB

Netflix added new subscribers at a slower rate than SVOD rivals Amazon Prime Video and Now TV in the UK in 2017, but remains the dominant local payer, according to BARB research. Overall, 9.5 million households in the UK have at least one SVOD subscription, with Netflix taking 7.5 million of them. This equals a […]

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 […]

Ovum: Amazon to make more OTT video revenue than Netflix next year

Amazon will overtake Netflix to generate more over-the-top (OTT) video revenue in 2018 thanks to its “growing array of ways to pay for video,” according to Ovum predictions. The research firm said that Amazon’s combination of subscriptions, digital rentals, electronic sell-through and bundles of TV apps will see it generate US$5.8 billion in video-related revenue […]

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