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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 […]

Lovefilm to air Amazon originals for free in pilot programme

UK subscription video-on-demand provider Lovefilm is to air original pilot shows from its parent company’s Amazon Studios unit. Lovefilm will host 11 original TV series test pilots for its members to stream for free. The kids and comedy content will be made available to Lovefilm subscribers in the UK and Germany, with viewers’ responses being […]

Netflix trumps LoveFilm of TV series, but loses out on movies

New research comparing the number of TV series and movies on Netflix and Lovefilm reveals the former has a much deeper selection of TV available for streaming content while the later has considerably more movies. The research compares the numbers of movie titles and seasons of TV shows available on the UK services of Netflix […]

LoveFilm inks streaming deal with NBC Universal for TV shows

LoveFilm has sealed a UK programming deal with NBC Universal that gives the Amazon-owned streaming service a raft of the studio’s catalogue and current TV series. The agreement, with NBC Universal International TV, covers scripted shows including 30 Rock, Knight Rider, Warehouse 13 and the US version of The Office. LoveFilm said it covered hundreds […]

TF1 mulling SVOD launch as competition heats up

French commercial broadcaster TF1’s chief executive Nonce Paolini is interested in launching a subscription video-on-demand service. Speaking at an event yesterday, Paolini said that an SVOD service was one of the projects TF1 was considering in the short and medium term. According to French newspaper Les Echos, Paolini also said the possible revival of discussions […]

Amazon strikes deal with Nintendo

Online retailer Amazon has struck a deal with Nintendo that will allow gamers to watch movies including The Avengers and TV series including Sons of Anarchy on the Wii U console. The deal will see Amazon’s Instant Video app available on the console, which means that more than 140,000 movies and TV episodes will be […]

Research shows Amazon is catching Netflix


Netflix remains the runaway alternative TV provider in the US, but Amazon is growing at a faster rate, according to new research. US-based 451 Research regularly surveys US consumers about the non-traditional TV services for which they are paying.
Netflix remains the market leader by a large margin with 82% of respondents paying for the service. […]

Lovefilm launches on Kindle Fire

TV and movie streaming service Lovefilm has launched on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablet and e-readers in the UK and Germany. Consumers owning the devices can access Lovefilm content via a one-month free trial. Kindle and Lovefilm are both part of Amazon. The Lovefilm service on the Kindle devices allows users to […]

Canal Plus chief: Amazon will launch French SVOD service in March

Canal Plus CEO Bertrand Meheut has claimed that Amazon will likely launch a subscription video-on-demand service in France in March next year. Meheut, giving evidence before the French Conseil d’Etat to support Canal Plus’s case against the country’s competition authority’s ruling on its merger with TPS and subsequent remedies, said that the pay TV operator […]

Lovefilm brings Twentieth Century Fox to UK service

Amazon-owned online video service Lovefilm has struck a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution that will give UK subscribers access to the Hollywood studio’s second pay television window. The deal will see Lovefilm have access to Fox’s 2011 theatrical slate in March 2013. It will also give customers access to series including early seasons […]