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 […]

Amazon Prime Video launches on Proximus

Amazon Prime Video has launched on Proximus’s TV platform in Belgium, available direct from the latest generation of Proximus Android TV set-tops. The agreement, integrating the Prime Video app on the Android box, means that Proximus customers with an Amazon Prime membership and the relevant device will be able to access the app direct. The […]

Twitch continues user growth following record 2020

Twitch, the Amazon-owned live streaming platform, has continued its record 2020 with a positive Q1 2021, a new report has found. According to figures from mobile analytics business Sensor Tower, the Twitch mobile app was downloaded 22 million times in the first quarter of the year. That is an increase of 62% from Q1 2020, […]

Amazon praises rapid growth of ad-supported platforms

Amazon’s increased investment in ad-supported platforms and services has been rewarded by a surge of users, the company has said. Presenting at the NewFronts, the company said that its ad-supported OTT content has increased by 100 million over the course of 12 months – with viewers increasing from 20 million in January 2020.  One of […]

BT reportedly exploring BT Sport sale, holds talks with Amazon, Disney and DAZN

In a move which could have huge implications for the state of sports broadcasting in the UK, BT is reportedly looking to offload BT Sport. According to The Telegraph, BT has opened talks with Amazon, Disney, DAZN and others to sell a stake in the sports broadcaster. The report notes that the operator has appointed […]

EPL looks to save rights value by skipping domestic tender

The English Premier League is reportedly looking to scrap its upcoming domestic rights tender and will instead opt to roll over its existing broadcast deals in the UK. According to a report from The Telegraph, the league has opened talks with existing rights holders – Sky, BT Sport and Amazon – and the UK government […]

Amazon brings Kids+ service to UK

Amazon has launched its Amazon Kids+ service in the UK. The service covers children aged 3-12, and provides access to thousands of age-appropriate books, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games.  Amazon Kids+, formerly Fire for Kids Unlimited, is an all-new Fire TV experience that allows parents to set up or use existing Kids profiles. […]

Amazon Prime at 200 million subscribers

Amazon has amassed 200 million Prime subscribers globally, the company has revealed. Announced in a shareholder’s letter, CEO Jeff Bezos revealed the milestone, with the company increasing its subscriber base by 25% (50 million) over the past year.  The CEO wrote: “We have 200 million Prime members, for a total in 2020 of US$126 billion […]

AWS picks Selipsky as new boss

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the appointment of Salesforce exec Adam Selipsky as its new boss. He replaces Andy Jassy, who will step into the overall Amazon CEO role to be vacated by company founder Jeff Bezos later this year. The appointment marks a return to AWS for Selipsky, who spent more than a […]

Amazon NFL deal ‘harbinger’ of things to come

Amazon’s exclusive deal to stream US NFL football, announced at the end of last week, “bodes well for the streaming TV ecosystem” and could serve as “a template for other sports properties”, according to analysts at Berenberg. “We believe this deal is a harbinger of future sports deals, in that the ubiquitous involvement of streaming […]

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