Amazon set for US$1 billion NFL streaming deal

Amazon is reportedly close to securing a US$ 1 billion per season deal to carry a significant portion of domestic NFL rights in the US. The streamer signed a deal with the American Football league last year to pay US$75 million per season for Thursday night football.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is […]

Amazon entertainment device boss Marc Whitten departs

The head of Amazon’s entertainment devices and services group – which houses the Fire TV business – has left the company to join game engine maker Unity Technologies.  Marc Whitten was the head of the division, overseeing the Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Kindle, Amazon Luna gaming and Amazon Appstore businesses. Well-known market strategist Matthew Ball […]

FIBA signs multi-year deal with Twitch to become Amazon streamer’s first international sporting federation partner

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced a multi-year deal with Amazon’s live streaming platform Twitch in an agreement described as ‘groundbreaking’. The deal is the first that Twitch has agreed with an international sporting federation, with FIBA broadcasting around 600 hours of live basketball games to its own Twitch channel for free.  In addition, […]

Twitch comes to Vestel TVs

TV maker Vestel will bring live streaming app Twitch to its smart TVs across Europe. The free app will be available to any Vestel-manufactured smart TV that have been produced from June 2018 onwards. This includes sets designed for brands including Hitachi, JVC, Telefunken and Techwood, many of which have a dedicated Twitch button on […]

Amazon sets up Fire TV production line in India

Amazon will produce Fire TV products in India, the company announced. This is the first Amazon manufacturing line in India, and it will be operated in partnership with Foxconn’s Indian subsidiary Cloud Networks Technology. In particular, the production line will be focused on producing “hundreds of thousands” of Fire TV sticks annually to meet a […]

LaLigaTV launches on Prime Video Channels

LaLigaTV has launched on Amazon Prime Video in a major expansion for the Spanish football network. Starting this coming weekend, Prime members in the UK will be able to add-on the channel for an additional cost of £6.99 per month in a distribution agreement which lasts until the end of the current season.  The deal […]

discovery+ lands on Samsung and Amazon devices in UK and Ireland

Recently launched SVOD discovery+ is now available on Samsung smart TVs and Amazon Fire TV devices in the UK and Ireland. The expanded distribution follows an initial launch on Sky Q in November 2020 and a subsequent international rollout at the beginning of January. The app will be available on Samsung Smart TVs released from […]

Amazon expands Prime Video Sports into Australia

Amazon has signed a rights deal with Swimming Australia, marking the retail and service giant’s first foray into the Australian rights market. The company has reportedly been eyeing the Australian market in recent times, with the country becoming increasingly more streaming-native.  Confirming interest in the country, Amazon has swept in to replace previous rights holder […]

Amazon, Discovery and TELE System Digital announced as latest HbbTV Association members

A trio of high-profile companies have joined the HbbTV Association, the body has announced Over the past six months, Amazon, Discovery and TELE System Digital have become members of the industry association. The additions take the total membership of 77 companies from all areas of the broadcast and broadband industry, with existing members including the […]

Jeff Bezos to step down from Amazon with AWS CEO Jassy appointed new boss

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is stepping down as the head of the company he founded. The company announced that Bezos will transition to executive chair of the Amazon board in Q3, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Andy Jassy replacing him at the helm of the company.  Bezos has been the head of Amazon since […]