Amazon, Netflix sued by ex-content buyer

Amazon and Netflix are being sued for US$1 million-plus by a former employee of both companies over allegations of wrongful dismissal. Jerry Kowal, who was director of content acquisitions at Netflix before joining Amazon’s Digital Video team, alleges Netflix used its position as a key Amazon customer (Netflix uses Amazon cloud storage services) to get him […]

Amazon denies free streaming service report

Amazon has denied a Wall Street Journal report, claiming it is looking to launch an advertising-supported TV and music video streaming service.  In a statement to the paper, Amazon said “we’re often experimenting with new things, but we have no plans to offer a free streaming media service.” The WSJ reported that the proposed service […]

Virgin Media CEO rules out TiVo-Horizon migration

Virgin Media’s CEO Tom Mockridge has ruled migrating the firm’s TiVo TV service to Liberty Global’s Horizon platform, claiming that doing so would be a “simplistic” business approach. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch yesterday, Mockridge said that TiVo in the UK has been very successful, is growing by “several percent a month” in […]

Amazon readies video streaming device

Amazon is reportedly set to start shipping its much-rumoured video streaming device in the US next month. According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites people familiar with the plans, the device will run on a version of Google’s Android software and will be available through Amazon as well as retailers like Staples and […]

Amazon confirms UK launch for original comedy

Amazon Prime Instant Video has launched original comedy series Betas in the UK. The show about wannabe entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley was one of Amazon Studios first wave of original shows alongside Alpha House and a raft of kids content. Unlike Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video has not launched its original series simultaneously around the […]

Americas takes bigger share for Hispasat

The Americas now accounts for well over half of Spanish satellite operator Hispasat’s revenues, according to the company’s year-end financials. Following the launch of Amazonas 3, the first Ka-band satellite for Latin America, in 2013, the Americas now accounts for 55.6% of the operator’s total revenues of €201.4 million. Hispasat’s revenue for the year was […]

Amazon resurrects Ripper Street

Amazon’s UK streaming service is resurrecting Ripper Street, the period crime drama that UK public broadcaster the BBC recently cancelled. However, the BBC and Amazon will now co-fund a third season of the show and it will debut on the Amazon Prime Instant Video service in the UK (formerly known as Lovefilm). US cable channel […]

Amazon Prime Instant Video launches with Alpha House promo

Amazon Prime Instant Video will launch under its new brand – replacing Lovefilm – in the UK tomorrow, kicking off with the introduction of Amazon original political satire drama Alpha House. Amazon Prime members will be able to watch all 11 episodes of the series, which follows four US senators renting a house together and […]

Amazon cuts UK TV content deal with Warner Bros.

Amazon Prime Instant Video has sealed a deal with Warner Bros. for UK rights to a raft of the studios drama series. Prime Instant Video is replacing the Lovefilm brand in the UK this week. As the rebranding gets underway, Amazon has agreed a multiyear deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Under the terms […]

Amazon drops Lovefilm brand for SVoD

Amazon is replicating its US SVoD offering in the UK and Germany, rebranding Lovefilm to Prime Instant Video and rolling it into its Amazon Prime delivery service. With the move, Amazon is combining its existing Lovefilm Instant subscription video-on-demand service with Amazon Prime, which gives members unlimited free one-day delivery on more than seven million […]

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