Amazon acquires iRobot in US$1.7 billion deal

Amazon has announced a US$1.7 billion deal to buy Roomba vacuum maker iRobot. iRobot was one of the early pioneers in smart home technology, and has been producing automated robot vacuums since 2002. It launched an AI-powered OS earlier this year, which offers a range of additional software features to differentiate it from its competition. […]

Amazon launches Freevee in Germany

Amazon’s ad-supported free streaming service Freevee has landed in Germany. This is the second international launch for the streamer, following the UK last year. The service initially launched in the US in 2019 as IMDb Freedive, before rebranding to IMDB TV, and eventually Freevee in April. The streamer committed to growing its originals slate by 70% […]

Amazon Prime Video to localise in key SE Asia markets

Amazon has commissioned its first slate of Southeast Asian originals for its Prime Video streaming service, as Amazon Prime localises in SE Asia markets Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines today. Three new versions of situational improvisation comedy challenge format Comedy Island have been ordered, one for each country, with Comedy Island: Indonesia, Comedy Island: Thailand and Comedy Island: Philippines all due to […]

History Hit comes to Prime Video Channels

History Hit, the SVOD platform founded by celebrated historian Dan Snow, has launched on Prime Video Channels in the UK.  The Little Dot Studios-owned streamer is available for £6.99 per month, and will match the video offering that History Hit already has across web and other platforms, including Roku, Apple TV and Samsung Smart TV.  […]

Amazon Prime Video France promotes Baghery to country manager

Amazon Prime Video in France has named Sahar Baghery as its new head of content, replacing Isabelle Bertrand. Baghery has been at the streamer since 2018, joining as business development chief for France and MENA and most recently leading EMEA programming for Amazon Studios. She has also worked with the France-based Authors and Composers Society, […]

Amazon secures UK UEFA rights as BT loses exclusivity

Amazon has secured UK rights to the UEFA Champions League, with BT losing its exclusive rights to the top European football competition. The news, announced by UEFA on Friday, has seen BT lose its exclusive rights to UEFA competitions, having been the sole broadcast partner in the UK since 2015.  BT will retain the majority […]

Disney, Apple and Amazon all bid for NFL Sunday Ticket rights

Disney, Apple and Amazon are all awaiting a decision from the NFL as to who will end up with the Sunday Ticket rights. The trio are reportedly all hopeful of securing the rights having submitted bids, CNBC reports. The Sunday Ticket rights are valued by the NFL at around US$2 billion, with DirecTV’s US$1.5 billion […]

Doug Herrington upped to retail CEO at Amazon

Amazon has announced the appointment of Doug Herrington as its new retail CEO. The announcement comes several weeks after the company announced that 23-year veteran Dave Clark would step down from his role of consumer business CEO. Clark has since announced that he will be taking over as CEO of supply chain software maker Flexport […]

Amazon consumer CEO Dave Clark announces departure

Amazon’s long-serving consumer business CEO has handed in his resignation, the company has announced. Dave Clark has served at the company for 23 years, rising from managing a warehouse in Kentucky to overseeing the company’s overall retail business. He was also tasked with managing Amazon’s warehouse and shipping operations, and oversaw the retail business during […]

Hisense launches first Amazon Fire TV set

TV maker Hisense has revealed its first set to integrate Amazon Fire TV. The 50-inch set will offer the full Fire TV experience, including integration with the Alexa AI assistant. It provides access to more than 1 million TV episodes and movies from apps including Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and HBO Max. In terms […]

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