Twitch and Amazon Music come to Toshiba smart TVs

Amazon has agreed a deal to bring Twitch and Amazon Music to Toshiba smart TVs in the UK.  Both apps are available across Toshiba’s smart TV range produced from June 2018 onwards, including the brand’s Android, and Alexa Built-In models. The Twitch and Amazon Music apps join Toshiba’s already extensive line-up of entertainment on Toshiba […]

BeIN Sports takes legal action against football partner Canal+

BeIN Sports in France is taking legal action against its partner Canal+ over the latter’s decision not to transmit the Ligue 1 football matches it previously agreed to sublicense from the Qatar-based broadcaster. Le Monde and AFP have reported that BeIN Sports has filed a suit with the Nanterre commercial court demanding payment of €332 […]

Amazon prices Ligue 1 at €12.99 per month

Amazon has revealed what French consumers can expect to pay to watch Ligue 1. In a deal which has sunk French football into chaos, Amazon picked up the mantle vacated by Mediapro earlier this year and will carry 80% of Ligue 1 matches for the next three seasons. Amazon was handed a cut-price €275 million […]

US FTC reportedly to probe Amazon’s acquisition of MGM

The US Federal Trade Commission is reportedly launching a probe into Amazon’s planned acquisition of MGM. According to The Information, citing unnamed sources, the FTC has opened an in-depth investigation into the merger that could last for six months or more. News of the possible probe follows the June appointment of Lina Khan, seen as […]

Amazon signs major movie distribution deal with NBCUniversal

Amazon has agreed a deal with Universal to bolster its Prime Video and IMDb TV services. The licensing agreement will see Amazon gain access to Universal Filmed Entertainment Group live-action titles in an exclusive pay-one window. The deal, Amazon’s first exclusive rights arrangement in the US with a major movie studio, is estimated to be […]

Jeff Bezos officially hands over Amazon reins to AWS boss Jassy

Andy Jassy has officially succeeded Jeff Bezos as the CEO of Amazon. Bezos announced his departure from the top of the company earlier this year, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) boss Andy Jassy replacing him as CEO. While the company initially listed Q3 as the transition date, it confirmed the handover of July 5 at […]

Elizabeth Warren calls on FTC to review ‘anticompetitive’ Amazon-MGM deal

US senator Elizabeth Warren has said that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should carry out a thorough review of Amazon’s takeover of MGM. Amazon announced a US$8.5 billion deal to acquire the James Bond studio in late May, and has said that it will focus on its ‘reimagining and developing’ IP from MGM’s library. Warren […]

Vestel adds Amazon Music to smart TVs

TV maker Vestel has announced the launch of Amazon Music on its smart TVs. The app is available on all Vestel-manufactured smart TV ranges across Europe produced after 2018, including those designed for many well-known brands such as Toshiba, Hitachi, Polaroid, JVC, Panasonic, Bush, Alba.  The app, available now, gives Amazon Prime members access to […]

Streamers to allocate 20-25% to content creation under new French rules

Streamers such as Netflix, Amazon and Disney+ will be forced to allocate between 20-25% of their revenues to support European and French content creation under plans being drawn up by French legislators. According to the decree published in the Journal Officiel of the French government yesterday, on-demand service providers must devote 25% of their annual […]

Almost a year after launch, NBCU’s Peacock arrives on Amazon Fire

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streamer is coming to Amazon Fire devices almost a year after its initial launch. The app will launch on Fire TV and Fire tablet devices in the US on June 24, the companies have announced. While the app is being launched now with some voice support, the companies said that further Alexa support […]