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Amazon taps partners for channels streaming launch

Amazon has teamed up with major TV networks and content makers including Showtime, Starz and AMC to offer partner subscriptions to Amazon Prime customers. Amazon confirmed its much-rumoured, US-based StreamingPartners Program scheme yesterday with a host of partners that also included A+E Network, DramaFever, Curiosity Stream, Smithsonian and BroadbandTV. The over-the-top streaming program will let […]

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 […]

Half of US homes have connected TV

Some 49% of US households now have at least one TV set connected to the web, up from 38% in 2012 and 24% in 2010, according to new research by Leichtman Research Group. The firm – which counted TVs connected via a video game system, Blu-ray player, smart TV, or stand-alone device like Roku, Apple […]

Viacom looks to growth in Europe after difficult 2013

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman has said that its business in Europe is stabilising after a difficult period caused by the region’s wider economic challenges and he is targeting strong growth from the region. Speaking to analysts in the wake of the media giant’s fourth quarter and full-year results, Dauman said: “2013 was really a year […]

Netflix to move into original feature docs, stand-up

US streaming service Netflix will broaden its original content strategy by moving into one-off feature documentaries and stand-up comedy, its CEO has revealed. Reed Hastings (pictured) made the announcement in a letter to shareholders, in which he also claimed original content strategies adopted by streaming rivals Hulu and Amazon Prime were helping OTT platforms to […]