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Liberty Global unveils UK integration of Amazon content

International TV and broadband provider Liberty Global has unveiled a multi-year deal to make Amazon content available to 4 million Virgin Media TV customers in the UK. As a result, Virgin Media will be the first of Liberty Global’s European operations to integrate the Amazon Prime Video app within its Ultra HD V6 set-top box. The launch […]

Amazon and Google end trade embargo with major new service pact

After a year-long unofficial moratorium on doing business with each other, online platforms Amazon and Google have announced that, in the coming months, the two companies will launch the official YouTube app on Amazon Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs, as well as the Prime Video app for streaming to Chromecast and […]

Amazon reportedly looking to launch free music service

Amazon is in talks to launch a free music streaming service that will see it go head-to-head with Spotify, according to a report by Billboard. According to the report, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is in discussion with music labels to obtain licences for a service that would be made available through its voice-activated Echo speakers […]

Amazon taps BT Sport for Premier League production expertise

Amazon has contracted BT Sport and football partner Sunset+Vine to produce its English Premier League football coverage when Amazon Prime Video begins airing its allocation of 20 matches per season, available at no extra cost to Prime members. BT Sport and Sunset+Vine will support Amazon Prime Video’s production of both studio and live action match-day […]

MLB.TV launches on Amazon Prime Channels

Baseball streaming service MLB.TV has launched on Amazon Prime Video channels in the US, allowing users to watch regular season out-of-market baseball games live and on-demand. Prime members streaming MLB.TV on Fire TV devices will also have access to Prime Video’s X-Ray feature, which gives fans access to live in-game stats, team and player details and play-by-play […]

EE provides Amazon Prime Video with inclusive mobile data

BT-owned UK mobile operator EE has launched new content offerings with Amazon Prime Video and MTV Play featuring inclusive mobile data for new and existing EE pay monthly mobile customers.  EE is offering six-month subscriptions to Prime Video and MTV Play with inclusive data, for new and existing pay monthly mobile customers. The operator has […]

IHS Markit: US SVOD market could grow by 53m subs by 2023

New direct-to-consumer services from Disney, Apple, Warner Media and NBCUniversal have the potential to grow the US SVOD market by 53 million subscriptions by 2023. This is according to IHS Markit research, which claims that such growth would amount to a 25% increase in subscribers and would generate up to US$3.6 billion in incremental revenue […]

Amazon to increase video spend in 2019

Amazon’s chief financial officer, Brian Olsavsky, said he expects Prime Video spend to “increase even further in 2019” but would not put a price on its programming budget. Olsavsky made the comment on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, responding to a question asking for an update on the company’s ambitions in the video space. […]

Amazon ‘may scale back’ Channels

Amazon may be looking to scale back its à la carte Channels offering as new competitors enter the space, according to The Information. Amazon is scaling back its ambition to expand the service as Apple, Roku and Facebook all look to add third party content on their platforms, according to the news service. The tech […]

Discovery hires former Amazon exec as direct-to-consumer CTO

Discovery has appointed Amazon Marketplace’s former vice-president of technology, Avi Saxena, to the newly created role of chief technology officer for direct-to-consumer. Saxena will oversee the technology systems and global platforms that will serve all of Discovery’s direct-to-consumer products in the US and internationally – including MotorTrend, Eurosport Player and GolfTV. He will also lead Discovery’s […]

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