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YouGov: BBC iPlayer ‘treading water’ compared to Amazon and Netflix

The BBC is “treading water” with its iPlayer service while Amazon and Netflix are “starting to make waves”, according to new YouGov research. The study claims that while the BBC’s UK on-demand and catch-up service has more users that its US streaming rivals, it is “not making as much progress” as its competitors. “When it […]

Amazon gives thumbs-up to Hugh Hefner bio-doc series

Amazon has given the green light to a new original series about the life of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner for its Prime Instant Video SVOD service. American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story will draw from access to over 17,000 hours of footage and 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner’s personal archives. The 13-episode docu-series, which will combine […]

Amazon Web Services now a US$5 billion business

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the e-retail giant’s scalable cloud computing offering, is now a US$5 billion business and is “still growing fast,” the company has revealed.  Discussing the firm’s first quarter results, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said that AWS’s growth “is accelerating”. He added that the ten-year old AWS business is “a good […]

Amazon Prime membership climbs 53%

Worldwide paid membership of Amazon’s Prime subscription service grew 53% last year – 50% in the US and faster outside the US – according to the e-retail giant.  Speaking on Amazon’s fourth quarter earnings call, chief financial officer and senior vice president, Tom Szkutak, said that Prime membership was growing on a “sizeable base” of “tens of […]

Amazon adds 4K content to Prime Instant Video

Amazon has added 4K, Ultra High-Definition movies and TV shows to its subscription VoD service, Amazon Prime Instant Video. Amazon Prime customers will be able to access the Ultra HD content at no additional cost, with the first of this content to include Amazon Original series such as Alpha House, Transparent and children’s series Gortimer […]

Amazon renews content investment pledge

Amazon will continue investing in original content for its Prime Instant Video service after billing roughly US$100 million on originals in the third quarter, according to chief financial officer Tom Szkutak.  Speaking on Amazon’s Q3 earnings call, Szkutak said that video was a key driver to convince customers on free Amazon Prime trials to sign […]

Amazon to launch Ripper Street ahead of BBC

Having stepped in to co-fund a new series of period drama Ripper Street, Amazon will launch it on its streaming service in the UK ahead of its launch on broadcast and cable channels. Amazon will debut season three of the drama series on November 14 on its Prime Instant Video service. It will launch with […]

Amazon launches Fire TV in UK, Germany

Amazon is launching its web streaming set-top box Amazon Fire TV in Europe for the first time, rolling it in the UK and Germany. Customers in both countries will be able to order the device now, with boxes to start shipping in Germany on September 25 and in the UK on October 23. Fire TV […]

Amazon launches third pilot season

Amazon has launched five new pilots and is asking its Prime Instant Video subs in the US and UK to vote and comment on the quintet of new shows. Amazon will solicit the thoughts of customers ahead of selecting which shows will be taken to series. Votes and comments are elements in the selection process, […]

Amazon adds raft of kids series to streaming service

Amazon has acquired a slew of kids series for its streaming service in the UK including preschool hit Peppa Pig. Amazon has invested in several original kids shows for its Prime Instant Video services and the acquired content will sit alongside. It has picked up new episodes of Peppa Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, Yo […]