The time has arrived, Amazon Prime users! Today, Amazon's streaming video service has rolled out their first wave of HBO content. That includes six seasons of The Sopranos, three seasons of Deadwood and five seasons of The Wire, among other beloved HBO series, all available streaming on Amazon Prime for your viewing pleasure.
HBO series are coming to Amazon Prime. This sounds like a pretty big get for Amazon, especially considering HBO hasn't regularly made their series available through streaming video services outside of their own HBO Go. The multiyear deal will not only include a number of popular previously-aired series, but also eventually some of HBO's current series, Girls and The Newsroom included.
Last Spring, Amazon Prime secured a deal with NBCUniversal that included exclusive streaming access to Syfy's futuristic drama series Defiance, which they promised would be made available to their Streaming subscribers sometime early this year. And sure enough, Defiance has arrived!
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.
24 Full Series Now Available Streaming On Amazon Prime, 24: Live Another Day To Stream Later This Year
If the trailers for 24: Live Another Day have had you itching for a full-on 24 catch-up binge-watch, Amazon Prime is making it a possibility. That is, assuming you have a Prime subscription and a lot of time on your hands. Consider eight seasons, each consisting of 24 episodes. You have about a month between now and the premiere of 24: Live Another Day to make it happen.
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.
Let me guess, since they announced the Veronica Mars movie, youíve been dying rewatch the entire series from start to finish. Or maybe youíve never seen it and youíve been looking for a way to get caught up without having to shell out for the DVDs. It stood to reason that Warner Bros. would give people the opportunity to do that ahead of the filmís release.
Remember last summer when Amazon Prime made each new episode of CBSí hit summer drama Under the Dome available just days after it aired? Awareness of this may be contingent on whether or not you were a Prime subscriber at the time or had any interest in Under the Dome. Regardless, it was a new approach for CBS and Amazon Prime in quickly distributing the series on the streaming video service one episode at a time...
Stop me when this hits too close to home. Itís winter. You donít particularly want to go outside because itís cold. Unfortunately, staying home isnít particularly exciting because an overwhelming majority of television is on hiatus. So, youíre stuck between Monopoly and freezing your damn toes off, right? Wrong.
It isnít all kids shows and comedies over at Amazon Prime. The online storeís 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. Theyíre 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.
Kids like on-demand television as much as adults do, don't they? It's looking like Amazon Studios is banking on that, as they're moving forward on another children's pilot, which would presumably be made available via Prime Instant Video if it ends up going to series. Titled Maker Shack Agency, the pilot joins the five other previously announced pilots in development for the streaming video subscription service.
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 Greyís 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.