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Amazon to continue focus on Prime Channels build-out

Amazon said it plans to continue growing its Amazon Prime Channels service but would not speculate on whether it aims to take on pay TV providers by offering a ‘skinny bundle’ offering. Speaking on the company’s second quarter earnings call, Amazon’s director of investor relations, David Fildes, declined to speculate on future plans but said […]

TDG: free shipping, not content, is key driver for Amazon Prime

The vast majority of Amazon Prime users in the US still sign up for the service because they can benefit from free shipping of goods rather than to access Amazon Prime Video content, according to new research by The Diffusion Group (TDG). According to TDG, 79% of Amazon Prime users cite free shipping as the […]

Streaming services overtake UK pay TV as viewing revolution gathers pace

Subscriptions to OTT TV services Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV have overtaken traditional pay TV services in the UK, according to figures compiled by media and telecom regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report, which covers major trends in UK television, pay TV revenues also declined last year after a period […]

Report: Amazon tests smart TV set for UK market

Amazon is reportedly testing a smart TV set in the UK, which will mark its latest push into the video streaming market. According to a report by UK paper The Telegraph, the smart TV was developed alongside a group of Chinese manufacturers and is being tested by the DTG. The Telegraph claims that Amazon’s UK-targeted TV […]

Viacom in Japanese deal with Amazon

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has signed a channel distribution deal with Amazon, which will make Nickelodeon Japan and MTV MIX available on Amazon Prime Video Channels from July 3. Amazon Prime members can access the channels when they register on Prime Video Channels, a new service that launched on 14 June. The rollout of Nickelodeon Japan and […]

Netgem TV launched in UK with Freeview Play and Amazon

Netgem has launched its Netgem TV offering in the UK, featuring content from partners including Freeview Play and Amazon Prime Video. Netgem TV, which aggregates a range of content, providing access to ‘skinny bundling’ offerings and other services, is currently available on Netgem’s own branded devices, including its recently launched SoundBox device. In addition to […]

Amazon inks first-look deal with Game of Thrones producer

Game of Thrones co-executive producer Vince Gerardis has signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. With the hire, the studio will gain access to Gerardis’ intellectual property library from science fiction and fantasy authors such as Robert Silberberg and David Brin. Gerardis has a history of packaging and selling TV projects based on literary titles. He […]

English Premier League: Amazon on the pitch

Four months on from the initial award of English Premier League rights, Amazon has finally walked on to the pitch to score with a package of 20 matches per season, including bank holiday fixtures, in addition to weekly highlights. In the end, in the wake of much speculation over its intentions at the time of […]

Amazon breaks into English Premier League with new deal

Amazon Prime Video has broken the hold of Sky and BT on the English Premier League by securing the rights to air two full rounds of 20 matches per season, including bank holiday fixtures, in addition to weekly highlights. Amazon will exclusively live-stream the matches for three years from the 2019-20 season. The matches, and […]

Amazon launches Alexa and Amazon Prime Music in France

Amazon has launched its Alexa and Echo voice-enabled assistants in France, with TV technology provider Netgem named among the companies that will integrate the technology in their devices. The launch of Alexa means that French customers will be able to purchase Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Spot voice-controlled speakers, while French developers will be able […]