Alpha House

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 […]

Canal+ takes Amazon originals to France

Canal+ has acquired two of Amazon Prime Instant Video’s original comedies, Alpha House and Betas. Both comedy series came out of the first wave of pilots and originals commissioned by the US OTT service. They will play on the French pay TV giant’s CanalPlay on-demand service. Amazon’s Prime Instant service is only available in the […]

Amazon launching second season of political comedy

Amazon will launch all episodes of the second season of political comedy Alpha House simultaneously next month. Amazon has been launching its original Prime Instant Video originals in batches of episodes, but moved to the ‘Netflix model’ of releasing all episodes at once with Transparent, the Jill Soloway comedy-drama that rolled out last week. It […]

Amazon to try out Netflix binge model

Amazon will launch all episodes of its upcoming scripted series Transparent simultaneously, taking a lead from its chief rival Netflix, which has had notable success releasing original shows in this way. Amazon has been investing heavily in original series, but has released episodes of these in batches and on a weekly basis, eschewing the all-at-once […]

Amazon confirms UK launch for original comedy

Amazon Prime Instant Video will launch original comedy series Betas in the UK tomorrow. The show about wannabe entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley was one of Amazon Studios first wave of original shows alongside Alpha House and a raft of kids content. Unlike Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video has not launched its original series simultaneously around […]

Amazon resurrects Ripper Street

Amazon’s UK streaming service is resurrecting Ripper Street, the period crime drama that UK public broadcaster the BBC recently cancelled. However, the BBC and Amazon have now agreed to co-fund a third season of the show and it will debut on the Amazon Prime Instant Video service in the UK (fka Lovefilm). US cable channel […]

Amazon Studios originals land with Sony

Sony Pictures Television will sell Amazon Studios-produced originals internationally, TBI has learned. SPT already sells Netflix’s original series House of Cards and the Amazon deal positions it as the distributor of choice for the SVOD platforms. Amazon has commissioned a raft of original programming, which it tests in pilot form with Amazon customers before launching […]

No confirmed date for Amazon originals outside the US

The Amazon original series launching on the Prime Instant in the US still have no confirmed launch date on its international service, LoveFilm. Comedies Alpha House and Betas (pictured) have both launched in the US. When Amazon’s chief rival Netflix launches its original series – which have included House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange […]

Amazon says original series Alpha House wins the weekend

Having launched the first episodes of Alpha House last Friday (November 15), Amazon said its original comedy series was the most-watched show on its streaming service over the weekend. Earlier this year Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, told TBI that the company would eschew the Netflix model of releasing all episodes of a series […]

Amazon, Xbox cool on Netflix’s binge model

The executives running the content arms of Amazon and Xbox have separately told TBI they have serious reservations about the Netflix model of releasing all episodes of an original series at once. Amazon Studios is about to release a slew of originals for its Amazon Instant Prime service in the US following a fruitful wave […]