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Amazon takes Mad Dogs and High Castle pilots to series

Amazon Prime Instant Video has sent a pair of dramas, an unscripted series and two kids shows to series. The shows are the latest to come through Amazon Studios’ piloting process in which feedback from viewers is considered before season orders are placed. The dramas are Cris Cole’s US version of Mad Dogs and The […]

Online retailer readies Amazon OTT challenger

US-based online retail company has revealed an Amazon Prime Instant Video rival at the NATPE conference in Miami. Overstock, which claims around 25 million to 40 million unique users a month, plans to launch a video-on-demand service with more than 30,000 titles, according to its CEO, Patrick Byrne. The VOD service is to go […]

Amazon to rival Netflix with original movies

Amazon Studios is to begin to produce and acquire original movies for early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The move comes soon after Netflix promised to shake up the “antiquated” movie distribution model by producing and debuting its own films. Amazon Studios has now followed suit. To this end, the production arm of e-commerce giant […]

Amazon signs up Woody Allen for first TV show

Amazon has pulled off a coup by signing up director Woody Allen’s first ever television series. Allen will write and create the series with Amazon Studios, with on-demand service Amazon Prime Instant Video acting as the distribution platform. “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where […]

Amazon secures long-term AMC drama deal

On-demand platform Amazon Prime Instant Video has secured an exclusive multi-year agreement for original series coming from US channels AMC and SundanceTV. The deal with distributor Entertainment One will cover the UK and Germany, where Amazon Prime subscribers will get first-run access to the programming. Initially covered in the deal are the 20x60mins computing boom […]

Netflix dominates traffic as Amazon ups share

Netflix remains by far the most-used paid for website in North America during peak hours, while Amazon Prime Instant Video is officially now the second-most used paid-for service, according to a new report. Netflix accounts for 34.9% of downstream traffic in peak hours in North America, broadband solution intelligence firm Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Report […]

Amazon launches Prime streaming in Austria

Amazon has launched its Prime Instant Video service in Austria. The e-commerce giant has rolled out the Prime premium delivery service in the country, which now comes bundled with the Prime Instant Video service – previously the SVoD service was marketed separately under the LoveFilm brand. While Amazon’s chief streaming rival, Netflix, has aggressively expanded […]

Nielsen to track Netflix and Amazon viewing

US information and measurement firm Nielsen is reportedly due to start recording TV viewership on subscription online video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.  According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites Nielsen client documents, the firm will use new measurement capabilities that don’t need the consent of the likes of Netflix […]

Debut docu-show for Amazon

Amazon Prime Instant Video’s latest pilot season includes the SVOD service’s first docu-series pilot. The New Yorker Presents… will be a half-hour show billed as a “completely unique viewing experience”. It will feature a short film starring Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and Brett Gelman (Go On) based on a story from Saturday Night Live’s Simon Rich, a […]

Amazon Prime Instant Video signs Viacom deal

Amazon’s streaming service Prime Instant Video has secured six American titles from Viacom International Media Networks for its UK operation. The shows are Awkward, Kung Fu Panda, Legend of Awesomeness, Penguins of Madagascar, Winx Club, Legend of Korra and The Hard Times of RJ Berger. Also included in the multi-year agreement are the non-exclusive renewal of thousands of […]