Blue Ant secures additional FAST channel carriage on Amazon Freevee

Producer, distributor and channel operator Blue Ant Media has announced the US launch of two free streaming channels on Amazon Freevee, including natural history channel Love Nature and home renovation and real estate channel, Homeful. The launch builds on Blue Ant Media’s expansion into the emerging FAST space and offers free access to Blue Ant Media’s library of programming on the two […]

Amazon Prime tags additional NFL game to boost pre-Christmas ecommerce

The USA’s biggest sports league, the NFL, has extended its partnership with Amazon Prime, granting the streaming platform an additional live game on ‘black Friday’, the day after Thanksgiving. The additional game, added from 2023, builds on Amazon Prime’s package of ‘Thursday night football’ live rights (secured in an 11-year deal). On the surface, the […]

Vodacom South Africa first up with Amazon Prime Mobile Edition

Mobile telco Vodacom South Africa is making streaming video service Amazon Prime Video available to all new, existing and upgrading customers. The operator said customers were now eligible to subscribe to Prime Video or Prime Video Mobile Edition, no matter what price plan they are on, whether prepaid of post-paid. Vodacom is the first telecommunications […]

Amazon Prime picks up Meredith Kercher true crime film

SVOD platform Amazon Prime is ramping up its presence in the true crime market, with the acquisition of The Murder Of Meredith, a feature length documentary (1 x 90 mins) about the brutal 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. Produced by Woodcut Media, the film reframes the narrative of the events, so that […]

Amazon takes co-premiere rights for Handmaid’s Tale for UK

Amazon Prime Video has taken co-premiere rights in the UK and Ireland to the fifth season of The Handmaid’s Tale, following the retail giant’s acquisition of the show’s producer last year. The drama is from MGM Television and has been sold around the world by the US studio, including to Channel 4 in the UK, which […]

Magnus Brooke takes on top strategic role at ITV ahead of ITVX launch

UK-based broadcaster and content studio ITV has promoted Magnus Brooke to the newly-created role of group director of strategy, policy and regulation. Brooke was already on the ITV board as director of policy and regulation, but his expanded remit follows the departure of Dan Colton, the outgoing director of strategy and transformation at ITV. Brooke […]

Amazon launches ‘best Fire TV streaming media player yet’

Amazon has revealed a pair of product upgrades to its streaming devices. The largest of the upgrades comes with the third generation Fire TV Cube. Described by the company as “Amazon’s best Fire TV streaming media player yet”, the latest Cube features a new octa-core 2.0 GHz processor that makes it 20% more powerful than […]

Amazon on FAST hiring spree

Amazon Studios is on the hunt for new senior execs as it continues to bolster its FAST and AVOD business, reports DTVE’s sister publication TBI. The company is looking to fill numerous roles, including a head of first-party and exclusive FAST channels to join the AVOD original programming team. This exec will lead creative strategy, […]

Amazon promotes Albert Cheng to VP of Prime Video in US

Amazon Studios’ COO Albert Cheng has been promoted to VP of Prime Video in the US. In the newly created role, Cheng will oversee the SVOD business in the US, where he will be responsible for revenue growth, profit and loss and improving the performance of the streamer. He will also be responsible for brand […]

Apple and Amazon turn down LIV Golf

Saudi-backed LIV Golf has suffered a further blow to its hopes of a broadcast deal with both Apple and Amazon turning down the organisation, reports the WSJ. The paper notes that LIV had approached both US companies over the rights, but sources familiar with the matter said that neither expressed interest and discussions never advanced […]