Netgem integrates Amazon Alexa Skills

Internet TV streaming service, has announced the integration of the Amazon Alexa Video Skill APIs into its TV boxes. For users in practical terms this implementation now means that they no longer need to ask “Alexa, open, go to BBC One”. Instead users can say “Alexa, go to BBC One”. The skill for […]

Amazon to increase video spend in 2019

Amazon’s chief financial officer, Brian Olsavsky, said he expects Prime Video spend to “increase even further in 2019” but would not put a price on its programming budget. Olsavsky made the comment on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, responding to a question asking for an update on the company’s ambitions in the video space. […]

Amazon Prime hikes US price by 18% as it ups content spend

Amazon announced Friday that it will increase the price for Prime memberships in the US by 18%, as the company eyes programming with wider reach and an increase in content spend. As first reported by Recode, Amazon will increase the price for US Prime members from US$10.99 to US$12.99. Its annual membership of US$99 will […]

Amazon gets local movies ahead of Prime India launch

Amazon has inked a deal with Indian movie producer and distributor Dharma, that gives it a raft of local movies for its Prime Instant Video service, which is about to launch in the country. Amazon is ramping up Prime, with the Indian launch expected to be the precursor to global expansion. The streaming service is currently available […]

Report: Amazon to launch new music streaming service within weeks

Amazon is reportedly due to introduce a new version of its Prime music streaming service in the coming weeks. According to a New York Times report, Amazon is due to introduce a music service with a “full catalogue” that will be available in the US for US$10 per month. Customers of Amazon’s voice-activated speaker system, […]

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 […]