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Amazon expands live tennis coverage to 80 tournaments

Amazon has expanded its library of live tennis rights to over 80 tournaments from the ATP and WTA, the company has said.  Prime Video will broadcast live, on-site coverage across many ATP and WTA tournaments in 2020, including combined coverage at the upcoming BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells (March 11-22), Miami Open presented by Itaú […]

BT revamps pay TV packages with flexible structure

BT has launched a range of new ‘flexible’ TV packages as it looks to disrupt the UK’s pay TV market and keep pace with the rising tide of streamers.  Launching on February 21, the company will offer 24-month flexible TV packages which are designed to allow customers to upgrade, downgrade and add bolt-ons on a […]

Amazon appoints Sony’s Hopkins as video business head

Amazon has hired Sony Pictures Television chairman and former Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins to oversee its video entertainment businesses — including Prime Video and its movie and television unit Amazon Studios. Hopkins is set to join Amazon on February 24 and will report directly to CEO Jeff Bezos. Hopkins joined Sony in 2017 after spending […]

Twitch hires Spotify’s Kaur to spearhead APAC expansion

Amazon-owned game streamer Twitch has hired former Spotify exec Sunita Kaur as its first APAC region managing director.  Twitch, which is the de facto game streaming leader in the West, is not as dominant in APAC, with Huya and Douyu posing greater competition. As such, Kaur has been brought on board to spearhead its efforts […]

Bouygues Telecom announces Amazon Prime deal

French operator Bouygues Telecom has signed a deal with Amazon to bring Prime Video to its Android set top boxes. Bouygues Telecom customers who are already Prime members can access the Prime Video app now from their Android set-top box. Through this, users will have access to Prime content such as American Gods, Carnival Row […]

Amazon Prime hits 150 million users

Amazon Prime now has 150 million members worldwide, the company has announced.  Confirming the figures in its Q4 results, CEO Jeff Bezos said: “Prime membership continues to get better for customers year after year. And customers are responding – more people joined Prime this quarter than ever before, and we now have over 150 million […]

Facebook’s Burns in as Twitch’s first-ever EMEA MD

Amazon’s game streaming platform Twitch has appointed Damian Burns as its first-ever managing director of EMEA. Burns joins from Facebook, where he spent five years, most recently as the social media giant’s senior director of gaming for EMEA. Prior to assuming that role in 2017, he spent two years as Facebook’s head of sales for […]

Fire TV hits 40 million users

There are now more than 40 million monthly active users of Fire TV devices, Amazon has said. This latest figure is up 8% from the 37 million monthly active users Amazon announced in September. Fire TV started life in 2014 as an inexpensive streaming stick, but the range has since been expanded to include the […]

StarTimes picks up FA Cup in sub-Saharan Africa

StarTimes, the Chinese pay TV broadcaster with a strong presence in Africa, has acquired the rights to the English FA Cup and FA Community Shield in sub-Saharan Africa. Running through 201, the deal will allow the broadcaster to show the competition in all languages across its eight sports channels and ON OTT streaming service. StarTimes […]

Prime Video added to RCN, Grande and Wave TiVo set top boxes

US operators RCN, Grande and Wave, have added the Amazon Prime Video app to their TiVo set-top boxes.  Users with an Amazon Prime membership can add the Prime Video app to their TiVo devices at no extra cost. The app joins an expanding roster of VOD services such as Netflix, HBO GO and Hulu.  Chris […]

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