While, “Can I get that on Netflix?” still remains the primary question people have when it comes to streaming a title, Amazon Prime refuses to play runner-up. Today, the company announced they had struck an exclusive deal with HBO to stream some of the network’s biggest series including The Wire, The Sopranos, Eastbound & Down, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, and eventually seasons of Girls, The Newsroom, and Veep. It’s a savvy move by both companies. When an increasing number of consumers are ditching their cable subscriptions, HBO can’t rest its streaming business entirely on HBO GO. However, they can’t undermine the service entirely, so they’re carefully selecting what can be shared with another company.
Meanwhile, Amazon may not get the crème-de-la-crème of HBO’s current programming (the press release makes no mention of Game of Thrones or True Detective, the two shows that were so popular they crashed HBO GO), but it gets more than enough to woo more subscribers. The only big loser here is Netflix, who recently announced they’ll probably increase prices for new subscribers. When it comes to streaming, we may now start asking, “Can I get that on Prime?” Hit the jump for the press release. The first wave of content will arrive on Amazon Prime on May 21st.
There are multiple ways to get Amazon Instant. I personally have it on my Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3; it even comes pre-installed in a lot of wireless TV sets. This helps Amazon’s streaming business in terms of not only rentals, but also leading people to buy a subscription to Amazon Prime, which allows users to stream a selection of movies and TV series for free. However, the company has been missing out on a share of the profits. They have the content, but their ownership of a distribution platform as extended only so far as their tablet devices.
The company is changing that today with the release of Amazon Fire TV. The slim set-top box has a wide array of channels including standards like Netflix and Hulu Plus. It retails for $99, which is the same price as Apple TV, the product’s closest rival. So for consumers, the question is, “Do you prefer Apple or Amazon?” Each has a few distinctions over the other like Apple TV having HBO Go and Amazon. Click here to check it out on Amazon.
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for The CW, Network President Mark Pedowitz took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up, as well as series that are in possible contention for the future. During the interview, he talked about the upcoming Veronica Mars digital spin-off series for CW Seed, the possibility of Beauty and the Beast and Reign getting another season, how much life is left in Supernatural, why they decided to make a full pilot for The Flash, instead of a back-door pilot, whether Fox’s potential Batman origin series Gotham could affect the chances of an Amazon series ever making it on the air, and the status of the Wizard of Oz project. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. released the first trailer for the Veronica Mars movie, and I noted how it was almost strictly for the fans. This created the problem of how to create new fans when there’s no easy way to watch the series. According to THR, Amazon has now swooped in to take care of that problem by striking a deal with Warner Bros. to stream the series to Amazon Prime members. For those who don’t know, Amazon Prime costs $79 a year and you get free two-day shipping on almost everything Amazon sells, and you get access to their streaming library. It’s not as well-organized or diverse as Netflix’s selection, but it’s still pretty solid, and getting Veronica Mars is a good deal for anyone who’s the least bit interested in catching up on all three seasons of the series before the film comes out on March 14th.
My only question is if it wouldn’t have been better to go with Netflix since I’m pretty sure they have the larger subscriber base. Unlike other Amazon exclusives like Downton Abbey, Under the Dome, and Justified, this isn’t to build interest in future seasons. This is for a movie that’s coming out in theaters, and I’m not sure how much this will move the needle, especially with Veronica Mars only two months away.
Word has it that Marvel is shopping a content package of four drama series and a miniseries that totals 60 episodes. Potential suitors include Netflix, Amazon and WGN America, with both digital platforms and traditional cable networks interested in working with the red-hot company. Few details are available at the moment as the offering is in very early stages and there is currently little talent attached. Whether it’s a new content provider looking to establish its platform with a host of Marvel programs or a successful network interested in including Marvel’s brand in their slate, this is likely to be a huge deal at the end of the day, especially considering the 60-episode commitment. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already received a full season orderat ABC, and we know that Hayley Atwell is interested in Marvel’s Agent Carter series. As Deadline reports, there’s no confirmation that the Carter series is part of the rumored package or if it’s been set aside for ABC. Keep an eye out for future developments on this story.
During The CW portion of the TCA Press Tour, network president Mark Pedowitz took some time to discuss current programming, upcoming series and shows in various development stages. During the interview, he talked about any potential feature film conflicts in doing a spin-off for The Flash, the status of the Wonder Woman origin story Amazon, possible future Batman and/or Superman TV properties, what the Supernatural spin-off will look like, the last six episodes of Nikita, what’s coming for Season 2 of Beauty and the Beast, and the expectations for The Originals and Reign. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
After finding great success with its superhero series Arrow, The CW is looking to take aim at another DC Comics character for a new TV show. Deadline reports that the network is fast tracking Flash, a drama series based on the DC Comics character The Flash. The Barry Allen character will first be introduced on a recurring basis in the upcoming second season of Arrow, after which he will get his own origin series. Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg are developing Flash alongside Arrow director David Nutter, with Berlanti, Kreisberg, and DC’s Geoff Johns poised to pen the pilot. Berlanti and Kreisberg will run the series should The CW pick up the pilot, and Nutter—who helmed the Arrow pilot—will direct the first episode.
Hit the jump for more, including what this means for the potential Flash movie and an update on The CW’s Wonder Woman series.
Every once in awhile Amazon has a 50% off Criterion DVDs and Blu-rays and today is the start of another sale. Since they can stop the sale at any moment, if you see anything you like, better pull the trigger asap. Some of the Criterion’s on sale include Rushmore, Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Brazil, On the Waterfront, Repo Man, The Thin Red Line, Anatomy of a Murder, The Roral Tenenbaums, The Killing, Cronos, Badlands, and many more.
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Today Amazon has unveiled the pilot for its TV series adaptation of Zombieland, along with the trailer for the show. The series comes from Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and stars Tyler Ross (Milkshake) as Columbus, Maiara Walsh (Switched at Birth) as Wichita, Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) as Little Rock, and Kirk Ward (Fully Loaded) as Tallahassee. The story picks up two weeks after the movie ended, and Amazon is taking an atypical approach to its new pilots in that viewers get to vote on which ones they want to see picked up to series.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to find out how you can watch the full Zombieland pilot for free.
It’s Oscar Sunday, so to celebrate Amazon has made over 100 past Oscar winners and nominees available for download at some crazy discounted prices. Standard definition is $3.99 while HD is $5.99. The library is a bounty of goodies with titles like The Godfather, Midnight in Paris, Gladiator, The King’s Speech, The Social Network, Forrest Gump, and Saving Private Ryan available. The Gold Box Deal ends today, so act fast. Click here to buy. Amazon also has some great deals on a few DVD box sets for one week only including:
- Gossip Girl: The Complete Fifth Season - $14.99 (75% off)
- Suburgatory: The Complete First Season – $14.99 (67% off)
- Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Second Season – $14.99 (75% off)
- Mike & Molly: The Complete Second Season – $14.99 (67% off)
Click here for the TV sets and here for the Oscar winners.
As part of The CW portion of the TCA Press Tour, network president Mark Pedowitz took some time to discuss current programming, upcoming series and shows in various development stages. During the interview, he talked about how The Carrie Diaries came about, what attracted the network to Cult, the genesis for the possible The Vampire Diaries spin-off about the Originals (with Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin, and set in New Orleans), that The Selection and Wonderland are still in pilot contention, how the Wonder Woman project Amazon is progressing, their interest in other DC Comics characters, that they are no longer pursuing a Battle Royale series, and how they feel about current shows Supernatural, Beauty and the Beast, Nikita and Hart of Dixie. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
New details have emerged for the joint production of Amazon, a Wonder Woman origin series from The CW, Warner Bros. TV and DC Comics. When we first reported on the pilot, it was in the early development stage, with a previous live-action Wonder Woman TV series failing just the year before. Now, with the success of The CW’s Green Arrow series, Arrow, it’s looking more likely that a young Amazonian princess will find her way to television. Warner Bros. TV has reportedly hired a casting director in search of someone to play the lead role, as they are anticipating a pilot pickup. Written by Allan Heinberg, Amazon is a fish-out-of-water series that has has shades of Tarzan as it centers on a young Amazonian named Iris who learns to develop her superpowers. Hit the jump for much more.
If you weren’t aware, every Sunday Amazon updates their weekly deals. Here’s some of the highlights. I only selected Blu-rays that were at least 60% off.
Hit the jump for the list of what’s on sale just for today at specific times (like Robotech: The Complete Series) and links to thousands of other DVD and Blu-ray deals.
Amazon has started offering some great DVD and Blu-ray deals. Here are some of the highlights. Look for updates all day and all weekend. Remember, Amazon changes prices constantly so if you see something you like, don’t wait too long. Let’s start with some $3.99 Blu-rays!
Hit the jump for the list of TV deals, more movies, tons of Blu-rays under $10, and the box sets:
With Black Friday approaching, Amazon has started offering some great DVD and Blu-ray deals. Here are some of the highlights. Look for updates all day and all week.
Hit the jump for the list of TV deals, tons of Blu-rays under $10, and a number of Blu-ray’s for $3.99!