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Amazon is not too big to fail, says Bezos

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has said that the Seattle-headquartered business is “not too big to fail”. The CEO, who was speaking at a staff meeting last week, was responding to an employee question around what Bezos had learned from the bankruptcy of major North American retailers such as the 125-year-old department store Sears, which filed […]

SPT’s FunimationNow joins Amazon’s UK channels line-up

Sony Pictures Television’s anime service, FunimationNow, has joined the Amazon Prime Video Channels line-up in the UK. The rollout marks SPT’s first service launch on Prime Video in the UK and FunimationNow joins Amazon’s roster of more than 70 channels that are available as individual subscriptions for Prime subscribers. FunimationNow is priced at £4.99 per […]

Netgem TV strikes deal with Channels Islands telco

TV technology and service provider Netgem TV has struck a customer loyalty partnership deal for its Amazon Prime-including offering with Channels Island telco JT, formerly Jersey Telecom. JT and Netgem TV will offer JT customers a Netgem SoundBox packaged with Amazon Prime for new and existing customers. By signing up to a JT Pay Monthly […]

Amazon Studios names unscripted content chief

Amazon Studios has named former CBS head of alternative programming Chris Castallo as its new unscripted chief, replacing Heather Schuster who departed the business in August. Schuster left the business after an internal investigation into alleged inappropriate behaviour was conducted by Amazon. Castallo will now oversee unscripted TV development and report to Amazon’s co-heads of […]

Germany set to ‘displace UK’ as leading European SVOD market

Germany is set to surpass the UK as Europe’s strongest video-on-demand market following strong growth by Netflix and Amazon, according to an analysis by Ampere Analysis and video-on-demand service Cirkus. According to the analysis, Netflix gained about 400,000 new subscribers in Germany from the end of the second quarter and Amazon Prime gained nearly 700,000. Compared […]

Amazon names head of international originals

Amazon has appointed James Farrell as its head of international originals. In the newly created role, the former head of content for international expansion is to lead the global originals team across Europe, Japan, India, Mexico and Brazil, in addition to new territories in the future. The former Sony Pictures Entertainment distribution exec first joined […]

Du partners with Amazon Prime Video

United Arab Emirates-based operator, Du, has signed a distribution deal with Amazon to offer Prime Video to its customers.   This announcement was made during GITEX Technology Week trade show in Dubai, where the telco is showcasing technologies it claims will “transform the digital services landscape in the UAE”. “Our relationship with Prime Video enables us […]

Amazon unveils new Fire TV Stick 4K with voice remote

Amazon has launched a new version of its Fire TV Stick that supports 4K, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision and comes with an all-new Alexa Voice Remote. Amazon claims the new version of the device is “80% more powerful” than its previous generation of Fire TV Stick, which was not ultra HD compatible. The latest iteration, […]

Amazon launches Fire TV Recast DVR

Amazon has unveiled its rumoured companion DVR device, Fire TV Recast, which will allow viewers in the US to watch, record, and replay free over-the-air TV programming. Users can connect Fire TV Recast to an HDTV antenna to stream free channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW over WiFi to a Fire […]

Amazon hires ex-Eurodata exec for EMEA

Amazon Prime Video has hired former Eurodata exec Sahar Baghery as senior business development executive for EMEA. In the newly created position, Baghery will be in charge of expanding Amazon’s business in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. She will be based in London. Most recently, she worked with the France-based Authors and Composers […]