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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. The 10x30mins comedy-drama follows an elderly family patriarch (Tambur) who comes out as a …

Online retailer readies Amazon OTT challenger

US-based online retail company Overstock.com has revealed an Amazon Prime Instant Video rival at the NATPE conference in Miami. Overstock, which claims around 25 million to 40 million unique users a month, plans to launch a video-on-demand service with more than 30,000 titles, according to its CEO, Patrick Byrne. The VOD service is to go live mid-2015, …

Amazon to rival Netflix with original movies

Amazon Studios is to begin to produce and acquire original movies for early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The move comes soon after Netflix promised to shake up the “antiquated” movie distribution model by producing and debuting its own films. Amazon noted theatrical releases typically took between 39 and 52 weeks to premiere on SVOD …

WOWOW bags Extant exclusive

Japanese pay TV provider has acquired exclusive local rights to CBS dramas Extant and Penny Dreadful. CBS Studios International sells Extant, a sci-fi starring actor Halle Berry and Showtime-Sky Atlantic co-production horror-drama Penny Dreadful on the global market.  CBSSI, which was funded in part by an exclusive US SVOD rights deal with Amazon Prime Instant Video, …

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. While Amazon’s chief streaming rival, Netflix, has aggressively expanded in Europe and internationally, Amazon has limited its video service to the US and …

Bell Buys Dramas For SVOD Service

Canada’s Bell Media has acquired procedural drama Bosch and period drama Manhattan for its upcoming SVOD service, dubbed ‘Project Latte’. The Bosch deal with Red Arrow International hands Bell exclusive Canadian SVOD rights to the show, which is currently in production on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Atomic bomb drama Manhattan is being billed as Project Latte’s first …

Netflix Dominates Traffic as Amazon Ups Share

Netflix remains the most-used paid-for website in North America during peak hours, while Amazon Prime Instant Video is officially now the second-most used paid-for service. Netflix is already accounting for 2.5% of all traffic on a fixed network in Australia, despite the OTT service not officially launching in Australia and New Zealand until 2015. Netflix has …

Amazon Kids Show Lands At Discovery Asia

Amazon’s original children’s show Annedroids has sold to Discovery Kids Asia. Picture Box Distribution has closed the deal for the Sinking Ship Entertainment show. Science-themed Annedroids launched on Amazon Prime Instant Video earlier this year as one of the three SVOD service’s debut original children’s programmes. Stop earning in pennies from CPM and Ad-based revenue model provided …

Amazon Prime Instant Forays into 4K With Four Movies & Four Shows

Amazon is finally letting its Prime Instant subscribers stream content in 4K, but the catalogue is remarkably small. Prime Instant starts off with just four 4K movies i.e. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Funny Girl, Hitch and Philadelphia.  Amazon will also stream three of its own original shows as well as one BBC America show and a Lady Gaga concert …

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