Amazon reportedly holds talks with Serie A over domestic rights

Amazon is reportedly interested in making a play for the domestic broadcast rights to Italy’s Serie A.  The Seattle-based retail and media giant has long been touted as a potential player to rival incumbent rights holders Sky and DAZN, but a new report from Bloomberg puts the company the closest it has ever been to […]

Amazon launches ultra low-cost mobile-only Prime Video plan in India

Amazon has launched a Prime Video-only mobile offer in India. The low-cost bundle is being launched in partnership with Indian telco Airtel and will offer a mobile-only, single-user, SD package for INR89 (€1) per month. The already cheap tier will also include 6GB of mobile data per month via Airtel, with the first month for […]

AVOD rlaxx TV launches on Amazon Fire TV and Android TV

Germany-based AVOD service rlaxx TV has launched on Amazon Fire TV and Android TV devices in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. A hybrid of on-demand and traditional TV viewing, rlaxx TV presents its content in structured linear channels within which users can fast-forward and rewind. This, the company says,  allows viewers immediate access to […]

Twitch streamer TheGrefg sets new record of 2.4 million concurrent viewers

Spanish Twitch streamer David Martinez – better known as TheGrefg – smashed records on the Amazon-owned platform on the evening of January 11 with more than 2.4 million concurrent viewers. The stream saw viewers eagerly waiting for the player to reveal his customised Fortnite skin. Partnering with Fortnite, one of the biggest games in the […]

Amazon picks up podcast startup Wondery

Amazon is expanding its media business with the acquisition of podcast startup Wondery. Financial terms were not disclosed, but a Wall Street Journal report from last month put a value of more than US$300 million on Wondery. Wondery, best known for its true crime podcasts such as Dirty John, was apparently at the centre of […]

Samsung adds HDR10+ Adaptive feature to new QLED TVs

Samsung has announced that it will add support for the HDR10+ Adaptive feature to its upcoming QLED sets. HDR10+ Adaptive promises to improve the viewing experience in customers’ homes regardless of the lighting conditions, and supports the Hollywood-backed Filmmaker Mode which was first launched in mid-2019. Announcing the feature, Samsung noted that optimal HDR relies […]

Amazon picks up Champions League in Italy for the first time

Amazon has acquired a rights package to the UEFA Champions League in Italy for the first time. The ever-growing commerce and entertainment giant has picked up exclusive rights to 16 matches on Wednesday nights, along with the UEFA Super Cup, for three seasons from 2021/22.  Amazon’s interest has been speculated on for some time, with […]

Amazon Prime Video launches on Freesat

Freesat has become the latest UK platform to do a deal with Amazon. The partnership will see the Amazon Prime Video app launch on Freesat. Amazon Prime Video, which statistically has the largest VOD content library in the UK, joins the likes of Netflix, BritBox and UKTV Play in being offered by Freesat. Users of […]

Netflix launches on Amazon smart displays

Netflix is now available on Amazon Echo Show smart display devices.  First announced in September, the addition of Netflix has been a much requested feature for the Amazon smart displays with users already able to access services such as Hulu, NBC, Food Network Kitchen and Tubi. All Echo Show devices going back to the first-generation […]

EPL confirms continuation of blanket broadcasting

Despite fans being allowed to return to grounds, the English Premier League will continue its blanket coverage of the league through to at least the end of January.  The UK government announced changes to restrictions on spectator access to sports events at the end of the country’s second lockdown, with clubs in tier 2 areas […]

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