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Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

Amazon hopes a new dongle will revive its flagging video ambitions. The Fire TV stick is essentially the same as Google’s Chromecast concept: a low cost HDMI dongle bundled with a taster of Amazon’s own entertainment service – and a miniature version of the Fire TV box 'n’ remote that it revealed in April. Both old box and …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2014
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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

Amazon has decided to fold its Prime delivery service into its LoveFilm Instant video streaming library to make a single Prime Instant Video subscription for Brits. Subscribers paying £79 a year will now get free one-day delivery on participating items when shopping at the online bazaar and access to Kindle books from Prime, …

Probe of Hollywood-Euro Pay TV contracts: What happens next?

Analysis By now the dust has settled on Monday’s statement by the European Commission that it will investigate the licensing agreements between the major US Hollywood studios and their European broadcasting counterparts, targeting the exclusive nature in any given European country. But what is the likely outcome? This is the kind of …
Faultline, 20 Jan 2014
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Amazon wrapping FireTube tellybox for Christmas – reports

Amazon is reportedly preparing its set-top telly box to go on sale in time for the Christmas shopping season. People who had been briefed on the firm's plans whispered to the Wall Street Journal that the box, which commentators have suggested will be called FireTube after Amazon applied to trademark the name, would be ready to …
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'Wacky' Spanish VoD squad launches people-picked online vid service in UK

Bizarrely named video-on-demand service Wuaki.tv – the first part’s pronounced “wacky” – has introduced a new subscription scheme: a selection of movies and TV shows which changes every seven days and is picked by people rather than computers. Readers over a certain age will be familiar with this kind of notion already. It’s …
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2013
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Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

Amazon has signed a deal to stream Viacom's kiddies' TV shows for a rumoured whopping $200m. The giant web bazaar said yesterday that it will get its hands on popular children's telly shows, including Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants, in the deal for its Prime subscribers in the US. Amazon-owned LoveFilm users in …
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Kindlevision? Amazon reportedly developing set-top tellybox

Amazon will be the latest tech biz to release a set-top TV box later this year, according to the rumour mill, incorporating its video-on-demand services. The box will plug into users' tellies and bring along the LoveFilm and Instant Video services already available on connected TVs, Xboxes and Playstations, sources whispered …

Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

Feature BBC iPlayer turned five at Christmas, and the Corporation reported some pretty impressive usage statistics as it did so. While iPlayer is something of a juggernaut in the IPTV world, it’s only relatively recently made the leap from PC to living room and connected devices such as smart TVs and set-top boxes. Arguably 2012 was …
Nigel Whitfield, 25 Jan 2013
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Lovefilm does a Wii after rival gets loaded on new Nintendo

Britain’s eight million Nintendo Wii owners now have a reason to blow the dust off their console and power it up once more. Well, at least those of them who also happen to be Lovefilm subscribers do. According to the Amazon-owned streamer of films and TV shows, it has just released a free app on the console’s online shop. The …
Tony Smith, 4 Dec 2012
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Amazon ships Kindle Fire HD, Paperwhite to Brits

Amazon would like you to know that its Fire HD tablet and Paperwhite e-readers are now available to us Brits. And that Lovefilm, Amazon’s film streaming and DVD rental service, can be accessed on the former. The Fire HD, with its 7in, 1280 x 800 display - a rather higher pixel density than the iPad Mini - comes in 16GB and …
Tony Smith, 25 Oct 2012
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Lovefilm Germany goes titsup for a FORTNIGHT

Lovefilm Germany's backend has been down for 14 days, leaving subscribers unable to access their accounts to rent films or use the video streaming service. Although lovefilm.de is alive, systems handling customer accounts are kaput. The Amazon-owned company admitted on 28 August that its servers had gone titsup in a corporate …
Anna Leach, 10 Sep 2012
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Netflix puts end to fumbling, penetrates Scandinavia

For the first time in a while Netflix has said something that has not crashed its share price, and has lifted it instead: it plans to launch its online movie service in the fourth quarter in the four countries of Scandinavia – Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. It confirmed that the cost of doing so will mean that it makes a …
Faultline, 21 Aug 2012
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LG adds Dixons' Knowhow to net-connectable tellies

We're not sure it's a reason to buy an LG smart TV specifically, but if you're eyeing up such a set, the addition of Dixons' Knowhow Movies video-on-demand service to said tellies may sweeten the deal. Dixons' answer to Netflix, Lovefilm, Blinkbox, Acetrax et al offers the customary "extensive library" of new - ie. DVD-release …
Hard Reg, 16 Aug 2012
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Amazon erects 'digital hub' near Silicon Roundabout

Amazon is opening a new eight-storey office in London just west of Shoreditch's Silicon Roundabout to house design teams, software devs and engineers from its July 2011 acquisition Pushbutton and its video-on-demand subsidiary LoveFilm. Staffers at the new centre will work on developing platforms and APIs for "the next …
Anna Leach, 23 Jul 2012
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Amazon's Lovefilm HD shuns Sony fanboys

Amazon's Lovefilm video-on-demand service will begin offering HD streams today, but what resolution viewers get will depend on what gadget they're in front of. Mac and PC viewers, tuning in through Lovefilm's website will be treated to 1080p streams, the IPTV firm said. Watch on an iPad and Xbox 360 and you'll get 720p footage …
Tony Smith, 31 May 2012
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Amazon's Lovefilm to stream Universal films

Lovefilm has reached an agreement with NBC Universal to stream the studio's movies to its subscribers. The Amazon-owned video streaming service will be able to offer folk signed up for its IPTV packages the likes of Kick-Ass, Senna, Green Zone and Paul. Unfortunately, they'll also be able to stream the likes of Battleship and …
Tony Smith, 30 May 2012
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Sky Movies monopoly probe scrapped as rivals turn up

The Competition Commission has called off the attack dogs against Sky's movie business, for now. The regulator has revised its views following the entry of Amazon's LoveFilm and Netflix into the pay-movie market. A provisional decision made last August decreed that Sky had a monopoly on running movies first in the UK, which it …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 May 2012
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Lovefilm, Netflix 'no competitive constraint' on Sky Movies

Sky has too much money and subscribers to be threatened by the likes of Lovefilm and Netflix, the telecoms and media watchdog Ofcom has said. "It does not appear to us that the current streaming VoD services offered by Lovefilm or Netflix are substitutes for Sky Movies," Ofcom said. "Rather than being substitutes for Sky …
Tony Smith, 23 Apr 2012

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