Jeff Bezos


Amazon cancels comedies One Mississippi, I Love Dick

Amazon is continuing its purge of comedies, now ridding of One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Last month Amazon Prime Video turned down all of its latest pilot season comedies including Sea Oak, The Climb and Love You More. Now, Tig Nataro’s One Mississippi will not continue on the service after two […]

Amazon pledges to up video investment in 2018

Amazon has pledged to increase its investment in video next year, tailoring its content decisions based on what “resonates with Prime members”. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky, said that Amazon’s video business makes good financial sense as Prime members who watch video “also spend more on Amazon”. […]

Amazon to up content spend in Q3

Amazon plans to up its investment in video content in the current quarter, despite reporting a year-on-decline in net income during Q2 on the back of higher spend. Speaking on the company’s second quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said that Amazon would continue to build on its momentum in the video space, […]

Bezos calls for ‘acceptable terms’ from Google, Apple

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has called for “acceptable business terms” for its Prime Video service if the company is to resume selling Chromecast or Apple TV devices. At the Code Conference in California, Bezos responded to a question about why the Amazon store stopped selling the rival devices to its own Amazon Fire TV line […]

Amazon’s Christmas viewing doubles

Amazon Prime members doubled their total viewing hours of Prime Video titles over the Christmas season compared to 2014, according to the e-retailer. Amazon said that its original series The Man in the High Castle (pictured) led the way as the “most watched TV season ever on Prime Video”. It claimed the series was the most […]

Amazon launches 4K Fire TV

Amazon is launching a 4K Ultra HD version of its Amazon Fire TV media player. The device is available for pre-order for US$99.99 in the US and will start shipping on October 5, providing access to TV shows on-demand and live services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO Now, Hulu, WatchESPN, […]

Bezos: ‘Clarkson series very, very, very expensive’

Jeff Bezos has said Amazon’s upcoming motoring series with the former Top Gear team will be ‘very, very, very expensive”. The Amazon founder and CEO told UK newspaper The Telegraph that recruiting the Top Gear team, who left the BBC show in the wake of a scandal that involved star presenter Jeremy Clarkson hitting a […]

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 States – 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 opens free window for Transparent drama

Amazon is making its acclaimed drama series Transparent available in a day-long free window. The series launched last year on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video and marked the first time that the streaming service had launched an original using the Netflix simultaneous release model. Like Netflix, Amazon does not release any viewing data so it is […]

Former Hulu bosses return with new video venture

Jason Kilar and Richard Tom, the former chief executive and chief technology officers of Hulu, have put out a call for video content creators ahead of the launch of their new business, Vessel. In a blog post announcing the new venture, Kilar and Tom revealed that they have assembled a team that have experience “building […]