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Amazon Launches Instant Video Player for Android, Finally

amazon-instant-video-logoThis week, Amazon has released a Prime Instant Video app for Android users. It’s been a long time coming, too.

Android users can now download (or update) the Amazon app and have full access to everything everyone else does with Prime Instant Video — browse and shop for video content and then watch it on the (separately downloaded) Instant Video Player.

Apparently, it’s only working in the U.S. right now and some tablets aren’t compatible yet. In any case, Android tablet users can now join everyone else in wasting money on Amazon Prime.

Amazon is  full of changes this week; they’ve also modified how season passes work. For now it’s up to the publisher whether they charge customers episode by episode as they air (the old way) or make you pay the whole total up front.

h/t Lifehacker

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TV Everywhere Let’s You Stay Plugged In During the Holidays Anywhere You Go

TV EverywhereThe holidays are here and that means long lines at department stores, waiting at the airport for delayed flights, or sitting in the carpool lane in holiday traffic. TV Everywhere is your new best friend to help pass the time and is here to remind you that you #CouldBeWatchingTV through your smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you go.

These Charts Explain Why Twitch is Worth $1 Billion

twitchchartWatching someone play video games was once the bane of every high school girl’s existence, but as of this week, it’s a billion dollar business. On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it was buying Twitch, a social and live-streaming platform for gamers, for just over $1 billion. Who knew that so many people were watching and streaming video games? While it’s still unclear how Amazon plans to use it, these charts, via The New York Times illustrate just how many people are streaming and broadcasting themselves as they game.

Sometimes, it’s viewership rivals major cable networks. While game companies hold tournaments and garner some 200,000 viewers, single “full time” broadcasters can get around 20,000 viewers on their own. If you really want to see how Twitch has grown, twitchapps has all the raw data on how many people are watching someone else play Minecraft and when they’re doing it. It will make you think twice the next time you look at your clock: almost 200,000 gamers were tuning in at 7 a.m. this morning.

Amazon Prime Acquires Exclusive Rights to Drafthouse Films

AmazonAmazon Prime is going independent.

The streaming content arm of Amazon.com and independent content distributor Cinedigm have agreed to an exclusive licensing agreement giving Amazon streaming rights to several independent films distributed by Drafthouse Films.

Films available today include dark comedy “Cheap Thrills,” Ben Wheatley’s psychedelic sorcery film “A Field in England,” sci-fi favorite “The Visitor,” and Abel Ferrara’s “Ms. 45.”

Other films that will be added to Amazon Prime in the next few months include “The Congress,” a futuristic vision of Hollywood, home-invasion thriller “Borgman,” the love story “Mood Indigo,” documentary “20,000 Days on Earth,” and “The Dog.”

“We know our customers love great independent films and we are excited to add these engaging indies from Drafthouse Films exclusively to Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon.

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AMEX Now App Available on Amazon Fire TV

The AMEX Now App, which allows users to watch videos from Vanity Fair, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, and Tribeca Film Festival, is now available on Amazon Fire TV.

And tonight, app users will be able to live stream Pharrell Williams performing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, as part of the AMEX-sponsored UNSTAGED Concert Series.

Customers can now download the app on their Amazon Fire TV by using the quick and easy Voice Search feature, and saying “AMEX Now.”

HBO Classics Now Available on Amazon Prime

AmazonHBO-Logo2The exclusive deal between Amazon and HBO goes into effect today as the first wave of HBO classics are available on Amazon Prime.

“The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Oz,” “Band of Brothers,” and “Deadwood” are now available on Amazon Prime instant video, at no additional cost to subscribers. Early seasons of current shows are also available, including “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood.”

Other hit shows, including “Girls,” “The Newsroom,” and “Veep” will become available in later years of the agreement. And HBO GO will also become available on Fire TV, Amazon’s recently-announced set-top box.

Les Moonves on Imminent CBS News Digital Channel, Aereo

cbs-news-logoLes Moonves, Chairman and CEO of CBS, appeared on Bloomberg TV yesterday and revealed plans to launch a 24-hour digital news channel.

“Look, we’re not in the cable space obviously,” said Moonves. “There are already too many players there for us to start a brand new cable network. So we thought with all the content going digital right now, wouldn’t it be a good idea to do a 24-hour digital channel taking all the resources that CBS News has, and you were part of it in the not too distant past, all over the world. And there is so much information that we get every day that doesn’t fit into a 22-minute news cast at 6:30 or “CBS This Morning.” So we can do that. We can go direct digital. So that’s in the early stages under the tutelage of David Rhodes, the president of CBS News, and it’s an exciting alternative to cable news.”

NBC and Fox are the chief rivals in the cable news space, while CBS has been conspicuously absent. But a digital-only channel could give cord-cutting political junkies a viable alternative. More, companies like Roku, Amazon (Fire TV), and Microsoft (Xbox) competing to acquire exclusive rights to content could jump at the opportunity to host a 24-hour CBS News channel. Read more

5 Social TV Stories You May Have Missed

Social-TVFrom HBO announcing an exclusive deal with Amazon to a Pulsar study showing that Tumblr is a more immersive social-TV hub for fans than Twitter, there were many major social-TV stories this week.

Here are five that you may have missed:

- 75% of connected TV app users say video apps are ‘extremely’ or ‘very important’ according to research from NPD Connected Intelligence.

Takeaway: More than three out of every five broadband U.S. households have connected TVs, and as the technology becomes more ubiquitous, dedicated connected TV app companies will begin to pop up.

Twitter launches native ads on MoPub platform.

Takeaway: Twitter acquired MoPub last September, and there will be an opportunity to sell entertainment companies on working native ads into larger advertising packages.

- JP Lespinasse, BET’s Senior Director of Social Media talked with Contently about how social media analytics are changing TV promos.

Takeaway With reshooting a season of a show out of the question, networks still have the opportunity to adapt to promoting the show based on how fans are reacting to characters and situations on social media.

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HBO Classics Coming to Amazon Prime

AmazonHBO-Logo2Amazon is continuing its streaming-TV push, partnering with HBO on a multi-year deal to exclusively bring classic HBO shows to Amazon prime subscribers, the two companies announced today.

Starting May 21, “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Oz,” “Band of Brothers,” and “Deadwood” will become available on Amazon Prime instant video, at no additional cost to subscribers. Early seasons of current shows will also be available, including “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood.” Other hit shows, including “Girls,” “The Newsroom,” and “Veep” will become available in later years of the agreement.

These shows will still be available on HBO Go, but will be exclusive to Amazon, meaning Netflix and Apple TV users won’t be able to stream them on those platforms. The partnership marks the first time HBO has licensed its series to a web-only service.

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Vimeo’s First Original-Content Splash: Joss Whedon’s ‘In Your Eyes’

inyoureyesJoss Whedon‘s latest film ‘In Your Eyes’ premiered Sunday night at the Tribeca Film Festival. For those not lucky enough to score a seat to the premiere, the wait to see the film will not be long. In fact, a digital rental is available now for $5.00 at inyoureyesmovie.com.

Based on Whedon’s loyal fanbase, it is almost a safe bet that a major studio would have picked up the film. Still, Whedon has surely seen the success that Louis C.K. has had premiering yearly stand-up specials via his own website and the appetite that audiences have for alternate distribution methods.

Vimeo is powering ‘In Your Eyes‘ via its Vimeo On Demand platform, and the film has been translated into Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, and Japanese for the worldwide release. Read more

Amazon and NBC Teaming Up for ‘Hannibal’ Binge Watch

HannibalAhead of its season two premiere on February 28, NBC and Amazon Instant Video are partnering for a “Hannibal” binge-watching event, offering all 13 episodes from season one on Sunday, February 23 starting at 12pmET.

As part of the binge event, there will be exclusive content released, live-tweeting from the show cast and creators, and Twitter contests each hour featuring signed scripts, DVD’s, and t-shirts as prizes.

@NBCHannibal will be anchoring the event using hashtag #13HourDevour. Read more

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