Posts Tagged ‘amazon’

Amazon Launches ‘Prime Music’ Service with 1 Million Songs

June 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amazon on Thursday took the wraps off Prime Music, its music-streaming service available to Prime members, touting a library of more than 1 million songs — without any ads. With the launch of the service, the ecommerce company will challenge similar music services from Spotify, Pandora and Apple. Amazon is bundling the music service with... Read more

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Jackie de Crinis Returns From Paradise to Take On USA’s Wider Development Mission

May 19, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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HBO Shows Including The Sopranos Coming to Amazon Prime

April 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Amazon has declared once again that it isn't kidding when it comes to fighting the streaming service wars: the company has signed an exclusive deal with HBO to distribute library content including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Deadwood, Enlightened and Treme, as well as early seasons of currently-running series Boardwalk Empire and True Blood (both scheduled to end this year). It's a more conservative move than it might appear for HBO—the company still reserves season-to-date content for its own streaming service, HBO Go, which has set the standard for friendly user interfaces among streaming apps, and with content on Go airing day-and-date with the network's linear iteration, the app remains very popular. In fact, it's been somewhat too popular in recent months—the network's servers

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Amazon Aiming to Fire on All Video Cylinders, But It’s Playing Catch-Up

April 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amazon laid the final cornerstone in its blueprint to dominate home entertainment this week with the debut of Fire TV: a small, $99 box the e-commerce titan promises is the easiest way to bring Internet video, games and other digital media to HDTVs. The set-top’s launch was the climax of a crescendo of deals Amazon... Read more

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Amazon Unveils Fire TV, Video-Streaming Set-Top for TVs

April 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments launched an Internet-video streaming TV device – the Fire TV – as the e-retailing giant looks to grab a spot in the living room to promote its own content services and get an edge on rivals including Apple and Netflix. As expected, Fire TV will stream Amazon’s Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, the unlimited movie... Read more

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Netflix and Amazon Accused of ‘Blacklisting’ Fired Content Executive

April 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A former director of content acquisition for Netflix is accusing the streaming service of “blacklisting” him and spreading false claims that he stole company confidential information when he left for a job at rival Amazon. Jerry Kowal’s suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, also names Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, as well... Read more

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Amazon Raises Price of IMDbPro with Addition of Casting Tools

March 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rates for IMDbPro, Amazon’s database for film and TV professionals, will increase up to 25% with the service’s launch of Pro Casting, a new set of features touted as making its easier for casting directors and directors to find talent and for actors to apply for casting notices. IMDbPro subscriptions will increase to $149.99 per year or... Read more

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Amazon Buys ‘Teen Wolf’ Exclusive Streaming Rights from MGM

February 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments expanded its content-licensing agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios to make the e-retailer’s Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription video service for all past seasons of MTV series “Teen Wolf.” In addition, the pact includes several MGM films. “The Usual Suspects,” “Raging Bull” and “Thelma and Louise” are now available to members of the Amazon Prime... Read more

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Studios Won’t Let Netflix Become a Monopoly

January 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix is the big cheese of subscription VOD. There’s no argument that Reed Hastings and company have built a huge lead in the sector, with more than 40 million global subscribers. Now some analysts believe Netflix is on the cusp of cementing its No. 1 position for good with the potential to have monopoly-like control... Read more

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4K Is Great for Everybody Except the TV Networks

January 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Most of it you'll just see in the video, but Michael Bay was not able to make it through the presentation he was supposed to be giving in Las Vegas at CES 2014 because of what appeared to be a problem with the text crawl behind the audience. "The type is all off. Sorry. I'll just wing this," he said, before a brief, valiant attempt to improv his way through the introduction of Samsung's giant 105-inch curved-screen TV. Then he gave up. Video below courtesy of the quick-fingered Joshua Topolsky at the Verge . Bay later apologized, saying he'd skipped a line. He's not an improv comedian, people! Samsung's new TV will probably be the best place to watch the new season of House of Cards, as Netflix said it will definitely be streaming it in the super-duper-hi-def 4K format that was the belle of last year's CES ball. The streaming service announced partnerships with Samsung, Sony, LG and others; Amazon also announced a partnership with Samsung that includes content producers

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