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BT’s Green moves to Amazon Prime Instant Video

Amazon Prime Instant Video has hired BT’s director of TV, Alex Green, to become managing director of its European operation. Green has been with BT TV for nearly four years, but is exiting this week ahead of a September start at Transparent platform Amazon, according to Digiday, which broke the news of the hire. News […]

Amazon signs Top Gear team for motoring show

Amazon Prime Instant Video has won the battle to sign former Top Gear presenters Jermy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. Amazon fought off competition from the likes of SVOD rival Netflix and UK commercial broadcaster ITV for the sought-after trio. Former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman also comes as part of the package, and will oversee a […]

UK SVoD subscriptions to double by 2019

Subscription video-on-demand services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and Now TV will see their UK user numbers almost double by 2019, according to Futuresource Consulting. The research firm claimed that the UK SVoD space – driven by these three key players – is going “from strength to strength” and predicted that the 7 million individual […]

Amazon debuts latest kids originals

As its push into original kids content deepens, Amazon Prime Instant Video has unveiled its latest pilot slate for children. On June 26 four animated pilots and two live-action shows from Amazon Studios will debut to Amazon VOD subscribers in the US, UK and Germany. Those that rate well with kids and parents will be […]

Amazon ‘dropping Viacom reality shows’

Amazon will remove numerous Viacom reality series from its US Prime Instant Video service, according to various US reports. These said Viacom-distributed series including MTV show Teen Mom and VH1 franchise Mob Wives will be pulled. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told analysts and investors at the MoffettNathanson Conference that the reality fair coming offline was […]

Amazon orders new kids pilots

Amazon has ordered a new season of kids pilots, with shows from prodcos including The Jim Henson Company and the creative behind shows including Hannah Montana and Gilmore Girls. Four of the six pilots are animated projects: The Adventures of Knickerbock Teetertop, Lost In Oz, Lily the Unicorn, and Bear in Underwear. The two live-action offerings are A History of Radness and The Kicks. Amazon will […]

OTT to ‘end broadcast TV as we know it’

The emergence of the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video signals “the end of broadcast TV as we know it”, according to media analyst Juniper Research. A new study suggests the OTT market will be generating revenues of US$31.6 billion by 2019, up from the US$8 billion taken last year. This will encompass […]

Amazon to support High Dynamic Range this year

Amazon is set to add High Dyamic Range (HDR) support to its Prime Instant Video service in the UK, Germany and US later this year.  Announcing the move, the e-retail giant said that Amazon Originals will be the first content to arrive in HDR video quality later this year. Amazon added that it is working […]

Amazon Prime subscribers ‘more likely to use Netflix’

Amazon Prime subscribers in the US are more likely to use Netflix than Prime Instant Video to access video content, according to new research by Strategy Analytics. The report claims that 63% of Amazon Prime subscribers used Netflix in the previous month compared to 59% who used Prime Instant Video. On a weekly basis, 44% […]

OTT subscriber numbers to top 100 million this year

The total number of subscribers to online streaming services will pass 100 million on a global basis this year, according to new research by analysts Ovum. Describing a “new era of streaming entertainment”, Ovum pointed to growing appetite for emerging on-demand platforms as evidence of the swing away from downloads and pay TV. Ovum predicted […]