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Amazon Instant Video deal for ex-Top Gear hosts costs retailer $250M

08/07, 11:51am

High budget, creative freedom attracts Clarkson team to Amazon

Amazon's latest content acquisition may put more of a strain on its finances than expected. The team formerly behind popular BBC program Top Gear, is being provided with a budget of £160 million ($250 million) to produce a new show exclusively for Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service, making it not only the most expensive UK TV shows ever produced, but also an extremely expensive endeavor compared to other streaming-only shows.


Briefly: Amazon Prime Instant Video HDR, Netflix gift cards in UK

06/26, 8:21am

Amazon Prime Instant Video starts streaming HDR content

Viewers of Amazon's Prime Instant Video in the United States can now watch some of the service's catalog in a high dynamic range (HDR) mode. The first shows in HDR, Mozart in the Jungle and the pilot of Red Oaks, can be watched on a number of Samsung Ultra HD televisions through the smart TV app, with more programs using HDR and ways to access them said to be on the way.


Briefly: Amazon Instant Video on Android, WhatsApp calls on Tizen

04/05, 12:21pm

Amazon adds Android tablet support to Prime Instant Video app

Amazon has finally allowed Android tablets access to Prime Instant Video. Previously only available to iOS devices and, since September last year, Android smartphones, tablet users can now watch the same Prime Instant Video content via their device, reports Android Police. Prime subscribers need to install the dedicated Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore before watching shows.


Amazon producing own movies for theaters, Prime Instant Video

01/19, 3:05pm

Plans to bring movies to Prime Instant Video within weeks of premiere

Amazon is expanding its media empire once again, by moving into the movie business. Not content with producing its own programs, Amazon Studios plans to produce and acquire original movies for release in cinemas, though unlike typical theatrical releases, the retailer is aiming to add the films to Prime Instant Video shortly after the premiere.


Amazon Instant Video starts streaming TV shows, movies in 4K

12/09, 11:36am

Ultra HD streams of Amazon originals, Sony Pictures movies offered to Prime subscribers

Amazon has started to make some of its Prime Instant Video content available to view in 4K, later than originally thought and months after major competitor Netflix started offering its Ultra HD streams. The change will allow Prime subscribers to stream a selection of movies and TV shows, including some of Amazon's original productions, as well as offering up 4K movie purchases to all customers.


Amazon reportedly preparing advertising-supported Prime Instant Video

11/21, 11:33am

Rumor claims free Prime Instant Video-style service launching early next year

Amazon customers wanting to experience Prime Instant Video may soon be able to view some content without subscribing to the Prime delivery service. The retailer will reportedly be launching an advertising-supported video streaming to its online services roster early next year, allowing viewers to watch a selection of movies and TV shows for free.


Amazon adds Instant Video streaming to Android store app

09/09, 8:02am

Prime Instant Video requires separate app installation from Amazon appstore

Amazon has finally started to allow Android users to stream content from Amazon Instant Video. An update to the main Amazon app gives the option to view shows on the service, with the app also including the ability to browse the Amazon Appstore, though subscribers are made to complete a number of tasks in order to get Prime Instant Video streaming.


Samsung reveals Amazon Instant Video 4K streams start this October

08/28, 7:19pm

Samsung Ultra HD televisions among first to receive 4K Amazon content

Amazon Instant Video will soon start to stream TV shows and films in 4K-resolution, with Samsung Ultra HD televisions set to be among the first to receive the content. The electronics giant revealed that the retailer will start streaming the high-resolution video to customers with 4K-compatible televisions from October, with all global versions of Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video set to receive it at the same time.


Amazon executive confirms Instant Video Android app on the way

07/17, 10:58am

Android Amazon Instant Video app, 4K video mentioned by marketing director

Amazon is said to be preparing to launch an Android app for Amazon Instant Video for non-Kindle Fire tablets. An executive allegedly confirmed the long-awaited app for normal Android devices is "imminent" to a report, a move which would finally bring the video streaming service in line with competitors, such as Netflix, in providing a cross-platform video streaming experience.


Briefly: Netflix plans Europe expansion, HBO shows on Amazon Prime

05/21, 11:49am

Netflix reveals plans to expand into six more European countries

Netflix is expanding its presence in Europe to include six more countries, the company has revealed. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg will receive access to the streaming video service later this year, with content and pricing for each region to be announced in the future. The new additions will likely increase Netflix's international subscriber count upward from the 12.7 million it already has in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia. By contrast, the US has 35.7 million subscribers.


Amazon signs deal for HBO content on Prime Instant Video, Fire TV

04/23, 10:27am

Classic HBO shows heading to Prime Instant Video next month

Subscribers of Amazon Prime will be able to enjoy classic HBO shows in the near future, the retailer has revealed. At the same time, Amazon has announced HBO Go will be added to the company's Fire TV, allowing the streaming media box to show recently-broadcast programs as well as its archive of over 1,700 shows, original films, and specials.


Briefly: BlackBerry 'Heartbleed' updates, Amazon gains BBC shows in UK

04/14, 10:14am

BlackBerry will update iOS, Android BBM apps over Heartbleed security flaw

BlackBerry has added itself to the list of companies working to fix issues caused by the 'Heartbleed' OpenSSL security flaw. Senior vice president Scott Totzke told Reuters that, though the majority of BlackBerry products are unaffected, by not using OpenSSL, it will still need to issue updates to Secure Work Space corporate e-mail and the BlackBerry Messenger clients for iOS and Android.


Briefly: Amazon Instant Video 2.5, more FXHome HitFilm Plugins

04/07, 8:39pm

Amazon Instant Video updated for iOS 7

Amazon's video streaming service app for iOS, Amazon Instant Video, has been updated to version 2.5. Powered by Prime Instant Video, users can stream over 40,000 movies and TV episodes, including Amazon's original content. Purchased and rented content can be downloaded for offline viewing from the library, and content can be viewed on Apple TV using AirPlay. In its latest update, the app is optimized for iOS 7, featuring a revised overall look. Also included are bug fixes and stability improvements. Amazon Instant Video for iOS is available for iPad and iPhone, and can be downloaded from iTunes.


Amazon renews Alpha House, lists new original shows for Instant Video

03/31, 3:25pm

Recent Amazon Studios pilots graduate to full series, recording in 4K

Amazon is adding to its collection of exclusive content, by revealing which shows from its most recent Amazon Studios pilots roster will be made into full seasons. At the same time as announcing the six shows that will be heading to Prime Instant Video, the retailer also confirmed existing original show and previous graduate from the Pilots system Alpha House will be returning for another season.


Rumors shed more light on Amazon set-top box, Prime music service

03/12, 7:41am

Fixed $30M licensing pot a sticking point for music executives in Amazon negotiations

More rumors for fabled Amazon services have surfaced, with three different outlets claiming to provide more information about the Prime music service and its long-rumored streaming device. The latest claim for the music service, thought to be offered as part of the Prime delivery subscription, sees the company limiting the number of plays of a track, as a means to increase its MP3 sales.


Amazon UK combines Lovefilm with Prime delivery subscription

02/21, 4:09am

Prime expanded in UK with Lovefilm rebranding, price hike

Amazon is re-branding its Lovefilm video-streaming service in the United Kingdom to Amazon Prime Instant Video, at the same time as combining it with the existing Prime delivery subscription and Kindle Lending Library. The move, which will see customers able to use both services for one payment, brings Amazon UK in line with what is offered to users in the United States.


Briefly: Offline Google Maps update, Miramax on Prime Instant Video

07/11, 7:59am

Google adds Offline Maps option to Google Maps for Android following complaints

Google has updated the Android version of Google Maps to re-enable offline maps, following complaints. The feature, removed from general view in the app yesterday, was still available to use through typing "OK maps" into the search box, but the revised release of the apps introduces a new button to "Make this map area available offline," as well as a link to explain the removal of Latitude.


Briefly: Amazon gains exclusive NBC shows, Pinterest adds sharing

05/17, 7:45am

Amazon adds 5 NBC shows exclusively to Prime Instant Video catalog

Amazon has signed a deal with NBCUniversal to add the previous seasons of five shows exclusively to its Prime Instant Video Roster. Grimm, Suits, Covert Affairs, Hannibal, and Defiance will be available on the streaming service over the course of this year and 2014. A number of other shows, including Smash, Alphas, and Warehouse 13, will also appear on the service, though under a non-exclusive distribution deal.


Report: Amazon plans to release own set-top box by fall

04/24, 2:59pm

Device would directly compete with Apple TV, Roku

Amazon is planning to extend its range of tablets and ebook readers by selling a set-top box, according to a report. The device, said to be coming out sometime in the fall, will provide streaming content, such as movies and TV shows to the user from the company's Instant Video catalog as well as Prime Instant Video.


Amazon opens up Instant Video Finder to public beta

01/06, 4:32pm

Categories cover general themes, specific genres, moods

Amazon has launched a beta version of its Instant Video Finder feature, in an attempt to organize the streaming video catalog for its users. The new Finder will give suggestions on the website for what someone will want to watch via the Instant Video and Prime Instant Video streaming services, based on not only broad categories, but also through different moods and general themes, of what has already been watched.


Amazon deal adds A+E Networks content to Prime Instant Video

01/04, 11:11am

Storage Wars, Pawn Stars added to Prime streaming roster

Amazon has signed an agreement with A+E Networks to bring prior seasons of its shows to Prime Instant Video. The content licensing deal adds shows from A&E, bio, History, and Lifetime channels to the streaming service, which now raises the total number of movies and TV episodes in the Prime Instant Video catalog to over 33,000 items.


Amazon pulls Prime pricing, confirms test of payment options

11/18, 8:34pm

Prime reverted to yearly-only charging

Amazon has stopped offering its customers a monthly payment option for its Prime service. The company recently included an option for US customers to pay $8 per month instead of $80 per year for the two-day delivery and Prime Instant Video streaming service, but has since switched it back to yearly-only.


Amazon brings Epix movies with a multi-year deal

09/04, 11:15am

Amazon signs multi-year deal with Epix for Prime Instant Video content

Epix, which is a premium entertainment network backed by Paramount Pictures' Viacom, MGM, and Lionsgate, has signed a multi-year agreement with Amazon to provide its movies, sports, music to the Prime Instant Video platform. The service is similar to Netflix as it lets users rent, buy, or subscribe to get access to a range of video content. The service is bundled with Amazon's two-day Prime shipping service, which is charged on an annual basis.


Briefly: Amazon Video, Evernote iOS, Google Button

08/24, 4:24pm

Amazon adds Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, others to Prime Instant Video

Amazon has made a deal with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution to expand its streaming catalog. Hundreds of TV episodes will be available to stream through Prime Instant Video, including Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Parenthood, and Parks and Recreation, in addition to the existing 22,000 movies and TV shows already on the service. Further content expansion in the future has also been hinted at.


Amazon Instant Video app hits iPad, misses iPhone

08/01, 3:44pm

Video streaming service includes Season Pass shows

Amazon has released long-anticipated mobile app for the iPad, Instant Video. The title lets users watch a "selection of top Prime Instant Video titles" from the Amazon Prime subscription catalog, with an option to download content for offline viewing. Also present in the app is access to a watchlist and queue, along with automatic access to Season Pass TV episodes on the day after they have been broadcast.


Amazon deal brings MGM content to Prime Instant Video

06/13, 12:51pm

MGM agreement boosts Amazon catalog to 18,000

Amazon has expanded its Prime Instant Video content through a licensing agreement with MGM Studios. The deal brings hundreds of classic movies and TV shows to the 18,000-strong collection, which is available for instant streaming. Notable additions include Dances with Wolves, The Terminator, and TV series Stargate.


Amazon Instant, Prime Video services come to Sony's PS3

04/03, 3:15pm

Sony gets Amazon Instant Video, Prime apps

The teased new video service from just yesterday for the PlayStation 3 has turned out to be access to Amazon's Instant Video service. US PS3 owners will also get access to Prime Instant Video if they are subscribers. The former gives anyone access to about 120,000 la carte-priced movies and shows, while the latter offers those who pay the $79 annual subscription fee unlimited access to 17,000 movies and shows.


Amazon says no video subs beyond Prime in near future

02/10, 1:50pm

Amazon not making changes to its Prime model soon

Amazon won't split its streaming video service from Prime Instant Video in the near future despite rumors to the contrary. Brad Beale, Head of Digital Video Content Acquisition at Amazon, said during a Wednesday interview with GigaOM that this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Previously, a letter to shareholders from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings mentioned that he expects Amazon to introduce a service that would undercut its own.



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