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AWS suffers major outage, knocking Roku and others offline

Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered a major outage on one of its most-used servers for several hours on Wednesday. First reported on the morning of November 25, Amazon confirmed that it was having issues with its US-EAST-1 region – issues which lasted up to 12 hours. The ripple effect of this was felt beyond the […]

Smart displays seeing increased demand as users convert from speakers

Users of smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Nest ranges, are increasingly switching to smart displays. According to Strategy Analytics, the share of all smart speaker sales incorporating a display was 26% in Q3 2020, compared to 22% a year earlier. Smart displays sales in Q3 rose year-on-year by 21% to 9.5 million units, […]

Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin leaves streaming company

Kevin Lin, a co-founder of live streaming platform Twitch, is to leave the Amazon company. His departure leaves CEO Emmett shear as the only remaining Twitch co-founder still at the company, with Justin Kan, Kyle Vogt and Michael Seibel all having left in recent years. Lin spent the majority of his time with the company […]

NBCU takes hayu to Germany with Amazon Channels

NBCUniversal’s reality programming subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service hayu has launched in Germany and Austria and is available on Amazon Prime Video Channels via the Prime Video app on mobile, tablet, connected TVs and the web. hayu offers reality TV content including Keeping Up With the Kardashians and its spin-offs along with The Real Housewives, and […]

Film1 launches on Amazon Prime Video Channels in the Netherlands

SPI International-owned Film1 has launched three of its channels on Amazon Prime Video Channels in the Netherlands. Amazon Prime Video Channels launched across Spain, Italy and the Netherlands this week, allowing existing subscribers to add a wide array of other video services to their package. Film1 is the latest addition in the Dutch country, with […]

Amazon hires ex-BritBox chief Soumya Sriraman to lead US channels business

Amazon has hired BritBox’s recently departed president & CEO for North America Soumya Sriraman to oversee its channels business in the US.  She becomes the US head of Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, which operates access to networks including Starz, Showtime, HBO and Starz among numerous others, and replaces Daniel Brown, who had held the role for […]

Quibi launches CTV apps, but is reportedly close to shutting down

Beleaguered short-form streamer Quibi has launched apps for Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, but it could already be too late to save the app.  The streamer launched in April with a mobile-only model, but the timing couldn’t have been worse, with the Covid-19 pandemic causing millions of its millennial audience to become […]

Smart home market to rebound in H2 after shaky Q2

The EMEA smart home market is expected to make a comeback in H2 2020 following a slump in the first half of the year. According to IDC, the smart home market declined by 7.2% in Q2 year-over-year, with the market accounting for 20.29 million shipments between April and June. Amazon and Google were the only […]

Freeview Play launches on Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs

Digital UK and Amazon have announced a partnership that will see Freeview Play, the online service of the UK free-to-view digital-terrestrial platform, launch on Fire TV Edition TVs sets.  The player brings together 85 freeview channels, and free access to nine on-demand players including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup […]

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