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Netflix in front globally, but Amazon catching up in APAC

Netflix is still outpacing Amazon Prime Video globally in numbers of active users, but Amazon has emerged as a serious challenger to its rival in the Asia Pacific region since the global launch of its service earlier, according to figures compiled by GlobalWebIndex. According to the research outfit, 20% of internet users now use Amazon […]

Amazon adds Brown Sugar to Channels

Amazon has added Brown Sugar, the new subscription video-on-demand service focusing on African-American movies, to its Amazon Channels offering. The move means that Amazon Prime members can watch Brown Sugar’s catalogue of movies on the Amazon Channels service. Prime members will be able to purchase a subscription direct, which will also give them access to […]

Amazon to shut down Lovefilm in UK and Germany

Amazon is calling time on its Lovefilm-branded DVD-by-post service later this year, citing declining demand and shifting viewing habits. Amazon will close its Lovefilm By Post business on 31st October 2017 in both the UK and Germany – the two markets where the DVD and Blu-ray rental service is available. “We have very much enjoyed […]

Telefónica ‘looking to launch’ international OTT TV service

Telefónica is mulling the launch of a Netflix-like OTT TV service to target an international audience, according to a report in El País newspaper. According to El País, citing unnamed sources, Telefónica is looking at taking its content to subscribers in countries such as the UK and Germany where its Movistar+ pay TV service is […]

Amazon beats Sky to secure ATP tennis rights for UK

Amazon has beaten Sky to secure the UK rights to men’s ATP World Tour tennis, according to press reports. As reported by The Guardian, the global streaming giant is believed to have paid up to £10 million (€11 million) a year to secure the rights to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and Masters 500 […]

BBCWW inks first children’s deal with Amazon

BBC Worldwide has acquired its first multi-year children’s licensing deal with SVOD service Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland. The deal will give subscribers in the region access to a raft of children’s TV series from CBeebies and CBBC, including Hey Duggee, Go Jetters, Sarah & Duck, Charlie & Lola and Gigglebiz as […]

Amazon to up content spend in Q3

Amazon plans to up its investment in video content in the current quarter, despite reporting a year-on-decline in net income during Q2 on the back of higher spend. Speaking on the company’s second quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said that Amazon would continue to build on its momentum in the video space, […]

Amazon reveals originals trends in UK

Amazon Prime Video has revealed that Bryan Cranston-created drama Sneaky Pete is its most popular drama this year in the UK. Unsurprisingly, The Grand Tour ranks as its most popular unscripted series, while American Gods is its most watched fantasy series and Just Add Magic is the leading kids show. Yesterday, Amazon Studios chief Roy […]

Amazon touts local originals as Inside Edge scores

Amazon’s first original Indian drama, Inside Edge, has quickly become the most watched title on its local service, and other in-house productions are driving viewing elsewhere. Cricket-themed drama series Inside Edge, which runs to ten parts, debuted on Amazon Prime Video India on July 10. According to the e-commerce giant, “nearly 50%”of its local customer […]

Over-the-top revenues to quadruple in MENA region

Over-the-top video revenues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are set to more than quadruple between 2016 and 2022, according to new research. Digital TV Research predicts that OTT TV episodes and movies will generate revenues of US$1.75 billion by 2022, up from US$428 million in 2016, as subscription video-on-demand’s dominance over the […]