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Amazon to revamp Prime streaming

Amazon is planning to add more content to its Prime video offering by incorporating other online movie and TV channels into the service. According to a Bloomberg report, which cites people with knowledge of the plans, the revamped Prime Instant Video will be similar to a cable TV subscription – without the live programming. Bloomberg […]

Amazon picks up Sony’s Bryan Cranston series

Amazon has picked up Sneaky Pete for its Prime Instant Video service. The show comes from Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House), and follows a con man as he adapts to life post-prison. It was set up at CBS, but the broadcast net ultimately passed on the show. Amazon stepped in and picked […]

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 renews Transparent, locks in Solloway

Amazon has locked Jill Solloway, creator of its buzzy original series Transparent, into an overall deal. The streaming service has also renewed Transparent for a third season. The comedy drama has created a lot of buzz for Amazon, although how many of its Prime Instant Video customers have actually watched the series is not known […]

Amazon gives Ripper Street two more seasons

Having rescued UK drama Ripper Street, Amazon has now committed to two more seasons of the period detective series. Amazon stepped in when the BBC said it was cancelling Ripper Street after two series and co-funded a third season, which launched on its Prime Instant Video service last November. The SVOD service has the first […]

News brief: Amazon renews raft of kids originals

Amazon has given second-season orders to several of its original kids series. Creative Galaxy, Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street (pictured) and Tumble Leaf have all been renewed for Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service. The quartet of kids series were among Amazon’s first wave of original programme orders. They will sit alongside recently ordered kids […]

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 […]

Amazon launches Prime streaming in Austria

Amazon has launched its Prime Instant Video service in Austria. The e-commerce giant has rolled out the Prime premium delivery service in the country, which now comes bundled with the Prime Instant Video service (previously the SVOD service was marketed separately under the LoveFilm brand). While Amazon’s chief streaming rival, Netflix, has aggressively expanded in […]

Amazon renews content investment pledge

Amazon will continue investing in original content for its Prime Instant Video service after billing roughly US$100 million on originals in the third quarter, according to chief financial officer Tom Szkutak. Speaking on Amazon’s Q3 earnings call, Szkutak said that video was a key driver to convince customers on free Amazon Prime trials to sign […]

Amazon greenlights Soderbergh, Ron Perlman dramas

E-commerce giant Amazon has given full series orders to Ron Perlman drama series Hand of God and Steven Soderbergh comedy, Red Oaks. Both shows were part of the latest batch of pilots for Amazon’s streaming service Prime Instant Video. Amazon takes its pilots to series based on customer reaction and the thoughts of its programming […]

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