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.
Amazon Prime subscribers will eventually be enjoying even more great TV content through the site's streaming video service. Amazon announced today that they've secured a multi-year video licensing agreement with Viacom, which will add a selection of TV shows available exclusively through Prime Instant Video.
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 Prime has added one more pilot to the list of those being produced for their Instant Video catalog, bringing the total to 14. They’ve given the greenlight to Betas, a half-hour comedy about a group of four computer geeks looking to make it big in Silicon Valley.
Zombieland may be a TV series soon enough! That in itself isn't really news. We've known that there's been a Zombieland pilot in development since January. But until today, Amazon hasn't gone on the record as being the studio behind the TV show follow-up to the popular zombie horror-comedy. film. Not only did Amazon announce that they've given the pilot the green light, which is in production, but they've also confirmed the cast for the project, which joins the other six comedy pilots and six children's pilots in the works at Amazon Studios.
Amazon Prime is taking a different route into original programming than most of the other newcomers to the arena. While Netflix and Hulu are working mostly on dramas, Prime has just given the greenlight to five new children’s programs. These are in addition to the six comedy pilots the service ordered not long ago, for a total of eleven new programs.
Welcome back to FlixWorthy, your guide to Netflix streaming...and more. To help you navigate the new and notable streaming releases, each new installment of FlixWorthy will highlight new and/or notable releases on Netflix, but also on two other competitors who offer premium memberships to huge catalogues of content: Hulu (Hulu Plus) and Amazon Instant Video (Amazon Prime).
Welcome back to FlixWorthy, your guide to Netflix streaming...and more. To help you navigate the new and notable streaming releases, each new installment of FlixWorthy will highlight new and/or notable releases on Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime. This week we took a look at AMC's Hell on Wheels, Fox's Fringe, and Morgan Spurlock's "A Day In The Life."
Amazon has Breaking Bad for two bucks an ep, Netflix is streaming Shawn Ryan's Chicago Code, Hulu has a new weekly Kevin Smith "anti-movie-review" show, and more! Here's what's FlixWorthy this week, kids...
The new deal will give Amazon Prime customers instant streaming access to MGM films such as Silence of the Lambs, Dances with Wolves, Rain Man, and The Terminator. On the TV side of things, the deal will bring shows such as thirtysomething, Dead Like Me, and the various Stargate series.
I've found two issues with being an Amazon Prime subscriber. The first is the “free” two-day shipping, which is kind of a double-edged sword. As someone who prefers to avoid the mall at all costs, with the exception of the Apple store and the cineplex, the added convenience of two-day shipping included in the $79/year subscription fee for Prime is a good deal, especially around the holidays. Of course, it makes impulse buying dangerously convenient. I suspect Amazon knows this.
The network already has deals with Sony, CBS, NBC Universal, and Warner Bros. so the Fox addition should round out the Amazon Prime collection quite nicely. The deal will add more than 11,000 items to the streaming library, including the hard-to-find The Wonder Years