Amazon is hiking the price of Prime memberships in the U.S., with the annual fee jumping from $119 to $139 — its first increase in nearly four years. In addition, the monthly fee for Prime is rising from $12.99 to $14.99. Amazon last raised the price of Prime in 2018. For new Prime members, the latest price change will go into effect Feb. 18,. For current Prime members, the new prices will apply after March 25, on the date of their next renewal.
Streaming-TV monogamy still isn’t a thing, according to the latest survey by Leichtman Research Group. The Durham, N.H., firm released its Emerging Video Services 2021 survey Aug. 31, finding that 58% of Americans subscribe to more than one of the big three of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.
Thursday Night Football is coming to Amazon Prime exclusively a year earlier than planned. This coming season will be the last under the league’s “tri-cast” model, which saw games carried across Fox, NFL Network and Amazon. Starting with the 2022 season, TNF will be exclusive to Amazon (with TV stations in the participating teams’ home markets airing those games as well). Amazon is paying more than $1 billion for the rights.
Amazon spent a cool $11 billion on TV series, movies and music for its Prime services last year, an increase of 41% from $7.8 billion in 2019, the ecommerce giant disclosed in its annual report Thursday. The total content spending includes licensing and production costs associated with video and music offered to Amazon’s Prime members, as well as costs associated with digital subscriptions and content that the company sells or rents, the company said.
ViacomCBS will be promoting new series on CBS by streaming them on Pluto TV and other over-the-top platforms. The Equalizer and Clarice will be available for two weeks after they premiere on the CBS Broadcast Network.
The matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals drew an average audience of 4.8 million viewers on Amazon’s Prime Video and Twitch platforms and mobile properties run by the NFL, the two teams and Verizon. Local over-the-air stations in San Francisco and Phoenix also carried the game, bringing the total audience to 5.9 million, according to the NFL.
Amazon Studios’ campaign for The Aeronauts illustrates the challenges of making “events” out of movies that will primarily be seen online, not in theaters.
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The second season averaged 1.9 million viewers during its first seven days, according to Nielsen, which released an Amazon show’s figures for the first time.
The Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won the first three awards handed out Sunday, sweeping the comedy series awards. It won best ensemble in a comedy series, as well as individual honors for Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub, whose win was a surprise in a category that included Bill Hader (Barry) and Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method).
Amazon announced Thursday the veteran NFL announcing duo of Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer will be back next season to call the Thursday night package on Amazon’s Prime video service.
Associated Press writer Alicia Rancilio gives the top spot to the Amazon Prime hit. “From its costumes to the dialogue to the music to the quirky characters, this show is a delight. Watch it to feel good.”
The new series from DreamWorks Animation Television is set to debut May 11 on Amazon Prime.
Amazon’s top television shows drew more than 5 million people worldwide to its Prime shopping club by early 2017, according to company documents, revealing for the first time how the retailer’s bet on original video is paying off. The documents also show that Amazon’s U.S. audience for all video programming on Prime, including films and TV shows it licenses from other companies, was about 26 million customers. Amazon has never released figures for its total audience.
In the battle for video content, Amazon appears poised to up the stakes. According to estimates from JPMorgan’s Doug Anmuth, Amazon is expected to invest approximately $5 billion in video content this year, with an emphasis on big-budget original shows and sports rights.
Amazon is giving Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan the spotlight in Prime Video’s first Super Bowl commercial. “Given the colossal scope and scale of the series coupled with the popularity of Tom Clancy’s novels, we knew Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan would be a natural fit for Prime Video’s first Super Bowl ad,” said Mike Benson, Amazon Studios’ head of marketing.
Streaming viewers who pay by the month for Amazon Prime benefits, which include free shipping as well as entertainment offerings, will now pay $12.99 a month. The new rate is 18% higher than the previous rate of $10.99. The cost of a full-year Prime membership will remain $99 and the yearly rate for students will also stay at $49.
CBS All Access is joining Amazon Channels with a reduced-ad offering, becoming the first of the digital company’s 140 channels with a live, linear feed. The arrangement enables Prime members to add CBS for $9.99 a month.