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Amazon chooses first original TV series

Amazon has selected the pilots that it will take to series with a John Goodman comedy, another from True Blood director Michael Lehmann and three kids series. The five series come from a pool of 14 pilots that Amazon launched on its Prime Instant Video service in the US and Lovefilm service in the UK […]

Lovefilm launches new streaming app

Amazon-owned UK OTT subscription video-on-demand service Lovefilm has launched a new streaming app for internet connected devices. The app will initially be launched on the Sony PlayStation 3 games console in the UK and Germany, and will then be rolled out to all Lovefilm Instant-enabled platforms. According to Lovefilm new features include an improved search […]

Amazon reportedly planning STB

Amazon is reportedly developing its own internet-streaming TV set-top box with plans to launch the device this autumn. According to a Bloomberg report, which cites unnamed sources, the device will give viewers access to Amazon’s Instant Video store and Prime Instant Video pay-monthly service on their TV sets and will compete with the likes of […]

iTunes dominates online video, says NPD

Apple’s iTunes store accounted for a massive 67% of electronic sell-through for TV shows last year, dominating the home digital-video sector, according to market research firm NPD.  According to the US stats, iTunes also accounted for 65% of online sales for feature-length movies and also took a 45% share of the online movie rental market. […]

Amazon Originals go live

Amazon has now made its eight comedy pilots and six kids pilots available online, with viewers to decide which shows will go to series.  Amazon Studios, the online shopping giant’s production arm, made its first pilot commitment for six original comedy shows in December, and added five preschool kids to the slate in February. The […]

Cloud cover – IP and cloud-based alternatives to traditional broadcast models

TV consumption habits are changing fast, but how viable are IP-and cloud-based alternatives to traditional broadcast models? Anna Tobin reports.  In the few short years it takes for a child to reach school age, the way we consume TV has changed almost beyond recognition. We are bounding further and further away from the ‘traditional’ TV […]

Amazon adds another comedy pilot

Amazon Studios, the production arm of online retailer Amazon, has added the eighth comedy project to its pilot line-up. Betas is about a group of tech-savvy millennial characters trying to connect with the world and comes from Michael Lehmann (Heathers, Dexter, True Blood) and Michael London (Sideways, The Visitor). It joins the previously announced Alpha […]

Amazon and Lovefilm to air Zombieland original pilot

Amazon Studios has added a Sony Pictures Television adaptation of Hollywood comedy movie Zombieland to its pilot slate. Half-hour format Zombieland is based on the Columbia Pictures movie of the same name and follows four survivors of a zombie apocalypse whose lives consist of outwitting zombies and searching for a new home. Rumours of a […]

Lovefilm secures Power Rangers catalogue

Amazon-owned online video-on-demand service provider Lovefilm has struck a deal with Saban Brands to bring the back-catalogue of kids series Power Rangers to its Lovefilm Instant streaming service. The deal will bring 20 years’ worth of Power Rangers to Lovefilm subscribers, from the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers through to the most recent Super Samurai […]

Amazon inks new programming deal with CBS

Amazon has extended the terms of a programming deal with CBS, adding a raft of new series to its Prime streaming service. The deal between Amazon and CBS gives the former content from the US CBS network and from the CBS Television Distribution catalogue. The new deal also allows Amazon to add shows from cable […]