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Amazon UK buys Halle Berry drama Extant

Amazon has snapped up exclusive first-window rights to buzzy sci-fi series Extant for its UK streaming service. The series, which stars Halle Berry, was being shopped to buyers at the LA Screenings last week and Amazon has become the first UK buyer. It will make the show available to its UK subs a day after […]

Amazon and BBC Worldwide cut content deal

Amazon has struck a programming deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. The agreement gives Amazon a raft of BBC programming for its Prime Instant Video subscription video-on-demand service. It covers library and current titles. Catalogue shows include comedy classics Only Fools and Horses, Red Dwarf, The Office, Absolutely Fabulous […]

Amazon claims streaming video lead over Apple, Hulu

Amazon claims that it has now passed both Apple and Hulu in US streaming video usage, citing a report by video delivery firm Qwilt. Amazon said that video streams on its Prime Instant Video service nearly tripled year-on-year, pushing in front of the two major US-based rivals. “We’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars in great TV shows […]

Amazon launches Fire TV set-top box

Amazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top. Available to order now in the US, the small US$99 (€72) box makes it easy for viewers to access Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service from their TVs – as well […]

Amazon denies free streaming service report

Amazon has denied a Wall Street Journal report, claiming it is looking to launch an advertising-supported TV and music video streaming service.  In a statement to the paper, Amazon said “we’re often experimenting with new things, but we have no plans to offer a free streaming media service.” The WSJ reported that the proposed service […]

Amazon plans Prime price hike

Amazon said that it is considering upping the price of its Prime subscription service in the US by between US$20 (€14.80) and US$40 per year, to respond to increased costs and usage. Speaking on the firm’s fourth quarter earnings call at the end of last week, Amazon’s chief financial officer, Tom Szkutak, said that it […]

Amazon adds ‘millions’ of Prime customers

Amazon said that it has added “millions” of customers in the last three months to Amazon Prime – its subscription service that, in the US, includes unlimited streaming access to some 41,000 movies and TV episodes.  Discussing Amazon’s Q3 results on the company’s earnings call, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak said “Prime is growing fast” and […]