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In-demand chart: Germany (January 29-February 4, 2017)

Amazon is successfully taking on Netflix in Germany, Europe’s largest TV territory, with the overall most in-demand digital original, and another in the top five. Reflecting a wider trend, Amazon Prime Video has challenged Netflix with two titles in the top five digital originals in Germany: The Grand Tour in first place and The Man […]

Amazon ‘exploring’ live sports offering

Amazon is weighing up plans to break into the world of live sports streaming, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The Journal, citing unnamed sources, claims the e-retailer has been in talks with US sports organisations including the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball (pictured) and the National Football League for rights […]

Left Bank lands Amazon Indian original

Amazon has ordered an original drama pilot for its soon-to-launch Indian service, with Slumdog Millionaire and 24 star Anil Kapoor on board. The series will be based upon the Michael Faber novel The Book of Strange New Things and will be produced by Sony’s UK-based prodco Left Bank Pictures (The Crown). Kevin MacDonald (The Last King […]

Amazon undercuts Netflix with Grand Tour offers

Amazon has slashed its Prime subscription rate in tandem with the launch of it £160 million Top Gear rival The Grand Tour. The Grand Tour, presented by the former team from BBC motoring series Top Gear, launched on Amazon in the US, Germany and UK today. Amazon slashed the price of a Prime subscription, which […]

Amazon buys SVOD foreign language films

Amazon has acquired a raft of foreign-language movies for its Prime Video streaming service. The e-commerce giant has bought the features package from Eurocinema World, in itself a VOD service operator, as well as a linear channel. The films will be available under the Eurocinema Carte Blanche banner on Amazon. Titles include Alicia Vikander Swedish […]

Apple’s new TV app doesn’t have Netflix, Amazon

Apple has launched a new TV app, which allows users to access to a raft of content from numerous channels, but, crucially, not from Amazon Prime or Netflix. The app effectively allows users to access all of their content, free and paid-for, via one service. Apple unveiled it in the same week chief executive Tim […]

Amazon Loops in DHX with kids deal

Amazon has acquired animated series Looped for its Prime Instant Video service in the US. The deal sees Amazon snag exclusive US streaming rights as part of a wider deal with DHX Media. The Canada-based kids studio has also licensed five seasons of The Busy World of Richard Scarry, one season of Madeline and an […]

Amazon Prime, Hulu customers also use Netflix

Amazon Prime and Hulu viewers in the US “almost always” have a Netflix subscription, according to new stats by Hub Entertainment Research. The US research found that 83% of Amazon Prime users, and 93% of Hulu users also use Netflix – the service that claims the lion’s share of SVOD accounts. Some 57% of viewers […]

TV business needs ‘total overhaul’ to combat Netflix

Traditional content creators and channels need to totally overhaul their businesses if they want to effectively combat Netflix and the other disrupters in the market, according to new research. Credit ratings agency Moody’s says the era of pay TV being the “most stable, predictable and highest-margin segments of the US media industry is rapidly eroding”. […]

Netflix, Amazon drive UK digital spend past £1bn

Digital revenues from services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky Store exceeded £1 billion (US$1.5 billion) for the first time last year, according to new research. The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association claims that it is “almost certain” that video will become a majority-digital business in 2016, after digital video revenues grew by 30.3% year-on-year in […]