beIN undecided over Ligue 1 move following Canal+ boycott

Qatar-based broadcaster beIN is yet to decide on its next steps following Canal+’s decision to boycott Ligue 1. beIN holds the rights to two fixtures per week for the 2020-24 via a sublicensing deal with Canal+ worth €332 million per year.  Earlier this month, Canal+ was awarded a rights package equating to 20% of the […]

Canal+ threatens boycott of Ligue 1 over Amazon rights award

French broadcaster Canal+ has threatened to pull out of its rights deal with Ligue 1 over the decision to award the largest rights package to Amazon. The French professional league (LFP) announced deals with Canal+ and Amazon until 2024 last week.  The league had previously signed a blockbuster deal with Sino-Spanish media company Mediapro, but […]

Amazon ‘poised to make offer’ for Ligue 1 rights

Amazon is set to make a “credible” offer for the French Ligue 1 football rights that Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro was forced to hand back after failing to make the payments it had committed to, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, contact between Amazon and the French […]

Amazon to ‘reimagine & develop’ MGM shows after $8.45bn deal

Amazon will “reimagine and develop” IP from the MGM slate following its $8.45bn deal for the US studio, according to CEO Jeff Bezos. The acquisition, which was confirmed yesterday, will see more than 17,000 hours of MGM TV fall under the Amazon banner, ranging from dramas such as Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale to unscripted series including Shark Tank, Vanderpump Rules and The Hills. […]

Amazon agrees US$8.45bn deal to buy MGM

Amazon has wrapped up its deal to acquire James Bond and Fargo studio MGM in a deal valued at US$8.45bn. The acquisition marks 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 hours of […]

Amazon nears US$9 billion MGM deal

Amazon could wrap up its deal to acquire James Bond and Fargo studio MGM as early as this week, according to reports. The acquisition, valued at around $9bn including debt, would mark Amazon’s second biggest-ever deal and set down a marker to its streaming competitors as the battle for subscribers hots up. The move was first reported last week and acquisition talks […]

Amazon eyes $9bn deal for MGM, reports suggest

Amazon is in talks to acquire James Bond and The Handmaid’s Tale studio MGM for around $9bn, as the arms race for content continues. Detail of the deal emerged overnight and have not been confirmed, but an acquisition would provide the retail giant’s streaming service Prime Video with a raft of IP including FX drama Fargo and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. It […]

Amazon launches free video streaming service MiniTV in India

Amazon’s latest foray into ad-supported services has arrived in India. Dubbed MiniTV, the ‘completely free’ service is available within the Amazon shopping app and is entirely separate from its Prime Video platform. The streamer features web series, comedy shows, tech news, food, beauty and fashion content. Amazon has announced content deals with leading Indian studios […]

Amazon refreshes Echo Show devices, introduces new Kids model

Amazon has announced a refresh to its Echo Show range of smart displays. The company has introduced updates to the Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5, and has introduced the Echo Show 4 Kids. Amazon said that the Echo Show is the fastest-growing family of Echo devices, and that the new models feature more […]

English Premier League avoids rights drop by skipping auction, confirms renewed deals

The English Premier League has renewed its domestic TV rights deals with Sky, BT and Amazon for £4.8 billion. The three-year renewal was agreed directly with the broadcasters, and, as previously reported, skipped an auction which potentially would have wiped hundreds of millions off the rights value, The league cited an exclusion order under the […]