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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 […]

Lovefilm signs Scripps Networks Interactive deal

Amazon-owned video-on-demand service Lovefilm has signed a deal with Scripps Networks Interactive to offer viewers food and lifestyle TV content from Food Network and Travel Channel. The UK deal marks Lovefilm Instant’s first move into the lifestyle and cooking genres, and includes shows such as Man Vs. Food Nation, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Restaurant: […]

Lovefilm launches new Wii app

Amazon-owned Lovefilm has launched a new Lovefilm Instant streaming service application on Nintendo’s Wii home console. Lovefilm said the arrival of the next-generation app on the console is the latest step in its rollout of the upgraded app to multiple platforms. New features include an improved search function and recommendation engine, optimised user interface, and […]

Argos appoints former Amazon exec as digital director

UK high street retailer Argos has appointed former EMI and Amazon executive Bertrand Bodson to the newly created role of digital director. Bodson reports to managing director John Walden, becomes a member of the Argos Executive Board and is tasked with “bringing to life the strategic vision for Argos to be a digital retail leader.” […]

Lovefilm launches Instagram trailer competition

Amazon-owned video-on-demand and DVD rental service Lovefilm has launched a competition inviting users to create their own trailers for its show The Vikings using its new Instagram app.  Fans of the show, which is available in the UK exclusively on the Lovefilm Instant VOD service, have been asked to create 15-second trailers and to submit […]