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This week, Amazon launched their new set-top box Fire TV, along with the above ad, which has Gary Busey expressing his love of talking to things. That leads into a demonstration of of the voice search -- "that actually works" -- feature that's included with this new device. After wandering around talking to random objects, Busey attempts to search for himself on Roku but is denied. Things go a bit better for him when he uses Amazon's Fire TV, which gives him all the Busey he can handle.
Amazon's throwing its hat into the Set-Top Box ring by unveiling the Fire TV, a device that works like Roku or Apple TV in delivering digital content to your TV sets. At the reasonable price of $99, Fire TV is compatible with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and obviously Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Prime. And while it's compatible with Showtime's digital on demand service Showtime Anytime, it isn't compatible with HBO Go.
Amazon Studios takes an interactive approach to narrowing down their pilot selection. Previously, they posted a selections of comedies and kid shows online and let viewers weigh in with their opinions. The feedback is taken into account when they make their final decisions. Amazon's doing this again for their next slate of programming, which consists of comedies, dramas and kids programs and the pilots are now available to view.
Wonder Woman fans got some big news early last month when it was announced that the character would finally be appearing in a live-action feature film. But while she's getting ready to hit the big screen, it appears that plans to bring the superheroine back to the small screen have stalled. It's not being reported that the CW has shut down the development of Amazon, the series that was meant to tell the origin story of Wonder Woman Smallville-style.
It isn’t all kids shows and comedies over at Amazon Prime. The online store’s streaming video service is branching out in their original programming, and that includes developing a pilot from Paul Weitz called Mozart in the Jungle, which is said to be about sex, drugs and classical music.
Amazon Studios Director Explains Decision Not To Take Netflix's All-At-Once Approach With Original Series
Following the recent announcement that Amazon had set the premiere dates for their new original comedies Alpha House and Betas, we were left to wonder about the way Amazon was planning to roll out these new comedies. They’re not taking the Netflix approach to premiering their entire seasons all at once, nor are they quite going the network television route in releasing one episode at a time.
Amazon has finally set the premiere dates for their two new original comedies Alpha House and Betas. Both series will begin rolling out this month, with the first three episodes of each show made available for free to Amazon customers, while the episodes that follow will be made available to Amazon Prime subscribers exclusively. Alpha House will debut November 15, while Betas is set to launch November 22.
Jill Soloway, who wrote and directed the soon-to-release indie Afternoon Delight, is also writing and directing the pilot. Soloway has written and produced for such shows as Six Feet Under, United States of Tara and Grey’s Anatomy.
Netflix isn't the only streaming video service with Emmy cred to boast. Granted, Netflix got the jump on Amazon in rolling out some top-notch original programming, garnering the service numerous deserved Emmy nominations this year. But Amazon has already beat Netflix to the punch in actually winning an Emmy Award, not for original programming, obviously, but for its work on Personalized Recommendation Engines for Video Discovery.
Thus far, Amazon's focus in terms of its original programming has been on children's programming and comedy. But it looks like they're venturing into drama territory, and they're going with a popular series of novels to do it. Michael Connelly fans may be interested to know that Harry Bosch could be headed to the small screen, assuming things go well for the pilot Amazon has greenlit.
Previous reports had already indicated that comedy pilots Betas and Alpha House were going to series at Amazon Prime. Today, Amazon Studios has officially announced the series orders for both comedies, as well as three of the six children's pilots in contention at the streaming video service. Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumbleleaf have all made the cut.
Just a few weeks after Amazon made eight pilots available for audiences to both watch and review (as well as 14 children’s pilots), the company is busy deciding which pilots to move forward to series and which won’t make the cut. On Friday, Amazon announced Betas and Alpha House have earned pick ups, while the high profile project Zombieland and Browsers will not be moving forward.
Among the set of pilots offered for viewers to check out and review on Amazon are a group of new children’s shows. In the interest of giving them a fair review, I brought in a couple of TV critics of the proper age to check them out. Here’s what my kids, who are nearly 6 and 4, thought of the new shows, along with a parent’s perspective on each show (including how annoying they are to adult viewers).
Amazon could be changing the game in their efforts to present a selection of pilots so that the general public can weigh in before they make their final decision on which of them will go to series. Whether any of the networks or streaming video services decide to follow suit in the future remains to be seen, but it's certainly an interesting and interactive way to bring the viewers in earlier in the process of taking a pilot to series or inevitably scrapping it.
Amazon Studios has posted eight new comedy pilots at Amazon.com, which they are allowing viewers to watch and leave their feedback before the studio decides which of these projects will go to series. The greenlit projects will eventually go on to become part of Amazon Prime's original streaming content. We're taking a look at all of them and sharing our thoughts on each of them this weekend. Here are the final two reviews, Zombieland and Those Who Can't.