Amazon has just announced a new content deal with NBCUniversal, bringing a host of new television series to the video streaming platform.
Some of those titles include Covert Affairs, Defiance, Grimm, Hannibal, and Suits. And what’s more, the company is pulling content from NBCUniversal’s children series such as Curious George and Land Before Time, which will be available with Kindle FreeTime… → Read More
EBay is in the middle of its Analyst Day, and just a little while ago it announced plans for some significant expansions for eBay Now, its same-day delivery service, with Chicago and Dallas deliveries coming this summer, and integration of the service into its “core experience” as it gears up for competition with Amazon and now Google. → Read More
Continuing its rapid-fire addition of new content deals, Amazon announced today that it has signed an agreement with CBS which will bring the forthcoming summer TV series “Under the Dome,” based on a best-selling Stephen King novel, to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video. This deal is unusual because it allows Amazon Prime members to stream all the series’ episodes four days after their initial… → Read More
Amazon today announced that its membership program Amazon Prime is now available in Canada, offering customers free two-day shipping for an annual fee of CAD $79.00 and one-day shipping at $3.99 per item. Amazon Instant Video and Kindle ebook lending, which are both major benefits to the U.S. version of the service, are not being included with the deal, despite similar pricing. In the U.S., it’s… → Read More
Editor’s note:Armando Kirwin is a filmmaker and consultant whose previous work has included Paramount Pictures, Microsoft, several startups, 13 feature films, and a handful of TV shows.
In case you haven’t noticed, wannabe Hollywood analysts, err, I mean tech bloggers the world over are breathlessly opining and propagating news about Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ estimate that Amazon is… → Read More
Earlier this month Amazon quietly kicked off a monthly billing option for its Amazon Prime service, which offers free two-day shipping on purchases, plus access to other Amazon services such as Kindle lending and movie/TV streaming. At the time, the ecommerce giant confirmed monthly billing was just a test — so it’s not too surprising that weeks later this option has now been discontinued. → Read More
With the introduction of the $499 8.9-inch Kindle HD with LTE, Amazon now has a device with the same price tag as the new iPad. Of course, the devices are very different when it comes to capacity, connectivity and screen size. But the consumers will have no choice but to compare them.
Yet, contrarily to what manyhavesaid, Amazon is not trying to be yet another Apple wannabe. The Kindle… → Read More
Amazon’s digital delivery of content is ever-expanding, but it’s also ramping up how quickly it is getting physical items to its customers at premium prices, and looping customers into longer subscription services in the process. Today, just weeks before the company’s mysterious press conference in Santa Monica, the company announced a new milestone in that effort: it’s now shipping more items via… → Read More
Amazon continues to ramp up the content in its Amazon Prime film catalog to draw users to the premium service, with the latest licensing acquisition expanding its back catalog of sports and documentary content. From today, users of Amazon Prime Instant Video, its on-demand streamed film service, can watch instalments of ESPN’s 30 for 30 popular series of sports documentaries including The U, Pony… → Read More
Amazon is continuing to grow its collection of streaming video titles at Amazon Prime Instant Video, and is today announcing another new agreement with Paramount Pictures bringing “hundreds” of new movies to the service. This deal isn’t as large as March’s partnership with Discovery, which saw some 3,000 new titles added, but it does introduce what are arguably more big-name movies. Included in… → Read More
Amazon announced a new licensing deal this morning with Discovery Communications, the media company behind cable TV channels including the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science and Military Channel. Under the terms of the agreement, which CEO Jeff Bezos calls the company’s “biggest addition yet,” Amazon Prime customers will now have the rights to stream series… → Read More
It’s possible new media will steal a page from the VCs and the economics of the Cloud, putting these streaming deals together on multiple networks (Facebook, YouTube, Ustream, iCloud) with talent owning the rights in return for low startup costs. Spotify could fight off the independents by offering contracts directly to the artists, and team with the streaming studios to live cast sessions and… → Read More
I’m an author, but thankfully I’m not a member of the Authors Guild, that “not-for-profit American organization of and for authors”, who a few days ago issued a statement that first lauded publishers for not signing on to Amazon’s new Kindle book-lending program for Amazon Prime members, and then condemned those few publishers who did agree, citing a convoluted argument that authors aren’t… → Read More