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Lovefilm signs exclusive deal for NBC drama Crossing Lines

Amazon-owned video-on-demand service Lovefilm has taken exclusive rights to NBC crime-drama Crossing Lines in the UK.  The show, which was produced by Studiocanal-owned Tandem Communications and Bernero Productions, will be available to stream in the UK from October 25. The entire first season, which debuted on NBC in the US in June but has not […]

Amazon prepares for internet-streaming STB launch

Amazon is reportedly planning to release a video-streaming set-top box in time for Christmas, going up against rivals in the online TV space like Roku and Apple TV.  According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites people briefed on the plans, the set-top box will be used to deliver Amazon’s own streaming video service […]

Amazon Instant and Lovefilm to air new comedy pilots

Amazon has greenlit three new half-hour pilot comedy originals for the Amazon Instant Video and Lovefilm subscription video-on-demand services. The new pilots comprise Mozart in the Jungle written by Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), The Outlaws written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and […]

Amazon, Xbox cool on Netflix’s binge model

The executives running the content arms of Amazon and Xbox have separately told DTVE’s sister title TBI they have serious reservations about the Netflix model of releasing all episodes of an original series at once. Amazon Studios is about to release a slew of originals for its Amazon Instant Prime service in the US following […]

Lovefilm secures Warner Bros deal

Lovefilm has agreed a programming deal with Warner Bros. giving it access to a raft of the studio’s animated content. The Amazon-owned streaming service already has deals for kids shows and cartoons from Disney, Marvel, NBCUniversal and Saban and the Warner Bros. deal gives it Thundercats, Justice League and Young Justice. It also covers several […]

Amazon eyes Russian video streaming

Amazon looks set to launch a video streaming service in Russia, following local reports that it has applied to register the Amazon Instant Video trademark in the country. Russian tech site Digit.ru first reported the news last week, citing a “priority” filing with Russia’s patent office, Rospatent. A video launch would see Amazon go head-to-head […]

Multi-channel video subscriptions have peaked, says study

Some 86% of US households subscribe to multi channel video services though penetration is on the decline, according to new stats by Leichtman Research Group (LRG).  The research claims that US multi-channel video penetration “essentially peaked at 88% in 2010” following the digital switchover, having increased from 82% in 2005. Though multi-channel video providers reported […]

Amazon picks up Emmy for video discovery

Amazon Instant video has picked up a 2013 Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for its work on personalised recommendation engines for video discovery – Amazon’s first-ever Emmy. “Our goal is to give customers the best possible movie and TV watching experience. That means both enabling customers to find exactly what they’re looking for and helping […]

Rastamouse makes tracks for Lovefilm

Amazon-owned streaming service Lovefilm has acquired a children’s programming package including Rastamouse from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution’s library. The deal gives Lovefilm UK rights to series such as Curious George, Barbie: Princess Charm School, The Land Before Time and Maisy. Rastmouse’s international distributor DHX Media appointed NBCU subsidiary Universal Pictures UK as its local home […]

Amazon orders five more original series pilots

Amazon Studios has ordered five kids series pilots for Amazon Prime Instant Video service in the US, which will also be available to watch on its LoveFilm video-on-demand service in the UK. The streaming service has been moving into original production and testing pilots with subscribers who provide feedback online, helping the OTT provider make […]