Amazon refreshes Echo Show devices, introduces new Kids model

Amazon has announced a refresh to its Echo Show range of smart displays. The company has introduced updates to the Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5, and has introduced the Echo Show 4 Kids. Amazon said that the Echo Show is the fastest-growing family of Echo devices, and that the new models feature more […]

Amazon Prime Video launches on Proximus

Amazon Prime Video has launched on Proximus’s TV platform in Belgium, available direct from the latest generation of Proximus Android TV set-tops. The agreement, integrating the Prime Video app on the Android box, means that Proximus customers with an Amazon Prime membership and the relevant device will be able to access the app direct. The […]

Twitch continues user growth following record 2020

Twitch, the Amazon-owned live streaming platform, has continued its record 2020 with a positive Q1 2021, a new report has found. According to figures from mobile analytics business Sensor Tower, the Twitch mobile app was downloaded 22 million times in the first quarter of the year. That is an increase of 62% from Q1 2020, […]

Amazon praises rapid growth of ad-supported platforms

Amazon’s increased investment in ad-supported platforms and services has been rewarded by a surge of users, the company has said. Presenting at the NewFronts, the company said that its ad-supported OTT content has increased by 100 million over the course of 12 months – with viewers increasing from 20 million in January 2020.  One of […]

Amazon boosts sports team with former Nike exec

Amazon has announced the hire of former Nike executive Marc Patrick as it continues its push into live sports. Patrick had served for 20 years at Nike before shifting to alternative food company Beyond Meat. At Amazon, Patrick will work as the company’s global head of sports marketing. Confirming the appointment in a memo, Amazon […]

Amazon brings Kids+ service to UK

Amazon has launched its Amazon Kids+ service in the UK. The service covers children aged 3-12, and provides access to thousands of age-appropriate books, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games.  Amazon Kids+, formerly Fire for Kids Unlimited, is an all-new Fire TV experience that allows parents to set up or use existing Kids profiles. […]

Amazon’s understated video dominance should not go unnoticed

By comparison to the record year for Netflix, and the irrepressible rise of Disney+, Amazon has somewhat flown under the radar as a VOD player over the past year. The news however that Amazon now has 200 million Prime subscribers globally generating US$126 billion of value for the company should come as no surprise given […]

Discovery+ strikes Amazon Prime Video channels deal in US

Recently launched streamer Discovery+ is now available via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels in the US. The deal, which comes four months since Discovery rolled its standalone SVOD service out in the US, will provide subscribers with access to around 55,000 episodes from 2,500 shows, with brands such as HGTV and Food Network represented. The ad-free version of […]

Amazon Prime at 200 million subscribers

Amazon has amassed 200 million Prime subscribers globally, the company has revealed. Announced in a shareholder’s letter, CEO Jeff Bezos revealed the milestone, with the company increasing its subscriber base by 25% (50 million) over the past year.  The CEO wrote: “We have 200 million Prime members, for a total in 2020 of US$126 billion […]

La Liga to broadcast Basque derby on Twitch

Spanish top flight football league La Liga will live stream a match on Amazon-owned platform Twitch for the first time. La Liga and Gol will show the Basque derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic Club in Spain on Wednesday April 7 through their respective official Twitch channels. Popular streaming personality Ibai Llanos will also cover […]

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