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Amazon reportedly secures EU approval for MGM acquisition

Amazon is set to secure EU approval of its proposed US$8.5 billion acquisition of MGM. Announced in May 2021, the acquisition is set to represent Amazon’s second biggest-ever deal and will see the studio behind shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale and Vikings fall under the retail giant’s umbrella. MGM’s catalogue includes more than 17,000 […]

Twitch viewers now able to ‘Play on Luna’ thanks to new feature

Amazon has brought a long-awaited feature to live streaming platform Twitch that allows viewers to quickly play the game they are watching on the platform via its Luna cloud streaming platform. Keen-eyed Twitch users have spotted the ‘Play on Luna’ button appear next to applicable titles. The button allows viewers with a Luna subscription to […]

Amazon and Reliance to make plays for domestic IPL rights

Amazon and Reliance Industries are considering making big plays for domestic rights to cricket’s lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL is one of the most-watched sports competitions in the world. The 2020 edition of the IPL, broadcast by Disney-owned Star India, was watched for 383 billion minutes while the opening match alone attracted more […]

EU sets date for Amazon-MGM deal decision

The European Union has set a deadline of March 15 to decide on Amazon’s proposed takeover of iconic film studio MGM. Amazon agreed an US$8.45 billion deal to acquire MGM earlier in mid-2021. The deal would represent Amazon’s second biggest-ever acquisition, and would see the studio behind shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale and Vikings […]

150 million Fire TV devices sold by Amazon

Amazon has sold more than 150 million Fire TV devices. The company has revealed that it has surpassed the milestone worldwide, with the company offering a wide range of streaming devices and smart TVs running the OS. Amazon first launched the Fire TV brand in 2014. The news came as a part of Amazon’s quarterly […]

Amazon increases US Prime membership cost to US$139 per year

Amazon has become the latest company to announce a price increase to its subscription service in the US. The company said that it was increasing the annual Prime subscription cost in the US by 17%.  The announcement, which came in the wake of Amazon doubling its net income year-over-year to US$14.3 billion for the quarter, […]

Amazon names Kelly Day to head international streaming operations

Amazon has hired ViacomCBS exec Kelly Day to lead its international streaming operations. Day will take up the newly created role of VP of Prime Video International from January and reports into Mike Hopkins, SVP of Prime Video and Amazon Studios. She will work with Amazon’s myriad regional divisions and country directors on programming and […]

Unions call on FTC to derail US$8.45 billion Amazon-MGM deal

Four major US unions have urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block Amazon’s deal to buy movie studio MGM. Amazon agreed an US$8.45 billion deal to acquire MGM earlier this year. The deal would represent Amazon’s second biggest-ever acquisition, and would see the studio behind shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale and Vikings fall […]

Movistar+ integrates Amazon Prime Video

Telefónica’s pay TV service Movistar+ and Amazon have consolidated their partnership to include Amazon Prime Video in the user experience of the Movistar+ platform. The integrated offering is being launched in a progressive implementation to be completed on November 24. Movistar+ customers with a Prime subscription will be able to access Prime Video easily without leaving the service, with both […]