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Amazon launches subscription anime channel

Amazon has launched a subscription anime channel as part of its US Amazon Channels line-up. Anime Strike by Amazon Channels is available for US$4.99 (€4.70) per-month and promises manga classics, exclusives from Japan and new episodes each week. According to a Variety report, Anime Strike is Amazon’s first branded subscription channel and the e-retail giant […]

Amazon will mount SVOD challenge with new launches

Netflix’s will become less dominant in western European SVOD over the next five years as Amazon launches across the region and takes share from the market leader, according to new research. Digital TV Research estimates that Amazon will launch its full Prime Video streaming service in 15 western European territories by end-2017. As its regional […]

Amazon ‘not gaining much traction’ says Netflix’s Sarandos

Amazon is “spending a lot of money” on original content without “gaining much traction”, according to rival streaming video leader Netflix’s programming chief. Speaking to analysts at UBS’s 44th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference, Ted Sarandos cited data from data traffic management specialist Sandvine and others back up his view that Amazon’s original content […]

HBO and Cinemax join Amazon Channels

Amazon has struck a deal with HBO to include HBO and its Cinemax offering on its Amazon Channels à la carte pay TV offering in the US. The deal means that Amazon Prime members can sign up for a monthly HBO subscription for US$14.99 per month. The agreement means that Prime members can watch the latest episodes of […]

Broadcaster streaming services beat Netflix, Amazon

Streaming services from broadcasters and pay TV operators are giving Netflix and Amazon Prime Video a run for their money in France, Germany and the UK, according to new research. Data from research house App Annie analysing monthly active users shows YouTube is the most popular destination for video streaming in the three major European […]

Amazon ‘exploring’ live sports offering

Amazon is weighing up plans to break into the world of live sports streaming, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal, citing unnamed sources, the e-retailer has been in talks with US sports organisations including the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Football League for rights […]

Amazon claims Grand Tour smashes ratings record

New Jeremy Clarkson vehicle The Grand Tour has become Amazon Prime Video’s biggest premiere launch, the streaming site has claimed. E-commerce giant Amazon reported “millions of Prime members” in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan had streamed the series’ first episode over the weekend. This means the big-budget petrolhead series replaces Frank Spotnitz-created drama […]

Freeview mulls ‘deeper integration’ with Netflix, Amazon, Now TV

Freeview is mulling whether over-the-top services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV should be “deeper integrated” within its connected Freeview Play offering. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit yesterday, Freeview marketing director, Owen Jenkinson, described OTT services as a “fantastic complement” to Freeview Play and said they present “an alternative option for the growing […]

Mubi CEO: this is our House of Cards moment

Movies on-demand service Mubi is making a wider push into exclusive first-run content, with CEO Efe Cakarel describing picking up the rights to a 2016 Cannes prize-winner as “our House of Cards moment”. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London yesterday, Cakarel said that after bagging the exclusive rights earlier this year to Finnish […]

Amazon ups content spend with eyes on global market

Amazon is nearly doubling its spend on video content and associated marketing in this half of the year, compared to the first, and has its sights set on the global market. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, Amazon’s chief finance officer Brian Olsavsky described a “step up” in investment in digital content, fulfilment […]

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