Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said during the company s annual shareholder meeting Tuesday that it wants to open more physical bookstores and add additional services to Amazon Prime.The e-commerce behemoth has never disclosed the precise amount of subscribers to Amazon Prime, which offers services like free two-day shipping and video/music streaming for a $99 annual fee.TechCrunch has contacted Amazon for more details.Bezos said that Amazon is definitely going to open additional stores, but it hasn t yet decided how many.But even a few brick-and-mortar locations would help Amazon gain a footprint in physical retail which still make up more than 90 percent of total retail sales in the U.S., despite the growth of e-commerce , attract new customers, and collect more data about shopping habits.Other e-commerce businesses that have opened stores for similar reasons include Warby Parker, Birchbox, and Bonobos.
New York may be the city that never sleeps, but as far as eating is concerned, we do that all the time.On-demand food services are all the rage in this buzzing metropolis, and now, Amazon Prime has gotten into the game, officially offering free delivery from over 350 restaurants across Manhattan by way of its Prime Nowservice.Amazon Prime members across Manhattan have already experienced the convenience of ultra-fast delivery through Prime Now, said Gus Lopez, general manager, Amazon Restaurants.Previously, Amazon offered free delivery as a limited time offer, and it looks like that offer is now here to stay, so you ll never have to pay to get your food sent straight to you.And better yet, Amazon promises, If a customer finds a restaurant item that is priced higher than the regularly priced item on the restaurant s current online menu within 24 hours of placing the order, Amazon will refund the customer the price of the item.So if you re feeling hungry at some point today and don t feel like taking a stroll, consider taking advantage of your Amazon Prime membership instead.
View photosMoreThe Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California October 14, 2014.REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoBRUSSELS Reuters - Online video streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will be required to devote at least a fifth of their catalogs to European content under proposals set to be announced next week.On-demand services will have to ensure they have at least a 20 percent share of European works in their catalog and ensure their "prominence", according to a draft of the proposed Audiovisual Media Services Directive seen by Reuters.The Commission wants to avoid forum-shopping whereby companies set up in countries with light financial obligations, such as Luxembourg and the Netherlands.Subscription services like Netflix and Amazon should consider only one thing when placing content on their platforms: what their viewers want to watch."The new proposal will also make video-sharing platforms such as YouTube impose stricter age barriers for minors to protect them from harmful content.
On the TV front, there is once again no new originals from the digital network this month, but Amazon does offer subscribers quick-and-easy access to two new series from CBS.The company gives access to the network s latest summer shows American Gothic and Braindead, making episodes streamable just days after they first hit TV screens nationwide.Noteworthy films coming to Amazon Prime in June are largely blasts from the past, including classic comedy Wayne s World, Clint Eastwood s The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and the romantic comedies Runaway Bride and Rules of Attraction for those gearing up for wedding season.Those looking for something newer on the long-play format are encouraged to check out two relativelty recent biopics: The Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy, and Trumbo, a Brian Cranston-helmed drama about Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted in the late-1940s for his political beliefs.Follow us below for the list of the best new titles coming to Amazon Prime Instant in April.TVDownton Abbey Season 6 Lego Ninjago Season 1 Mr Robot Season 1 Braindead Season 1 The Good Wife Season 7 American Gothic Season 1
The European Union is setting out new proposals that could force US streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to show more European TV shows and movies in the continent.Additionally, EU member states will have the option of requiring streaming companies that target its citizens to contribute financially to the production of European media content.Currently, this rule only applies to services that are based in a country s jurisdiction.In response to the proposals, Netflix said they could result in streaming companies purchasing cheap and therefore often terrible European content to meet the EU quota.Some other suggestions in the proposals will doubtlessly be more welcome by members of the EU public, such as stricter age barriers on video-sharing platforms like YouTube to protect minors.It also calls for an end to geoblocking, which, in the unlikely event it ever happens, would be pretty remarkable.
View photosMoreThe Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California October 14, 2014.REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo This May 19 story removes incorrect reference to Netflix being subject to French 60 percent quota in paragraph 13 BRUSSELS Reuters - Online video streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will be required to devote at least a fifth of their catalogs to European content under proposals set to be announced next week.On-demand services will have to ensure they have at least a 20 percent share of European works in their catalog and ensure their "prominence", according to a draft of the proposed Audiovisual Media Services Directive seen by Reuters.The Commission wants to avoid forum-shopping whereby companies set up in countries with light financial obligations, such as Luxembourg and the Netherlands.Subscription services like Netflix and Amazon should consider only one thing when placing content on their platforms: what their viewers want to watch."The new proposal will also make video-sharing platforms such as YouTube impose stricter age barriers for minors to protect them from harmful content.
Movie streaming, cloud storage and software downloads are now hugely popular due to their relatively cheap monthly price.Services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Microsoft's office 365 each cost less than £10 per month.However, start adding each of these popular subscriptions to your monthly direct debits and it can start to seriously eat into your outgoings.Online subscription pricesThere's also another reason you should check your bill as many of us sign up to free trials and forget to cancel them once the no cost deal ends.Netflix • £8.99Amazon Prime • £6.50 £79 per year Office 365 • £7Adobe Photoshop • £8.57Xbox Gold • £3.33Apple Music/Spotify • £10Readily digital magazines • £7.99Apple 200GB iCloud storage • £2.49TOTAL • £54.87 per month or £658.44Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00Playback Rate1ChaptersChapterssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsFullscreenThis is a modal window.Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-OpaqueBackground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent TransparentWindow --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent TransparentFont Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400%Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform DropshadowFont Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small CapsDefaults DoneMany of the services listed above can be cancelled at any time as they don't require users to sign up for a long period.
Welcomes to techradar's guide to the best Amazon Prime TV shows around, a constantly updated list of TV series that we have been watching and loving on what has become one of the most popular streaming services around.In the UK, Amazon had a stuttering start when it came to taking on Netflix in the big streaming battle.Since this move, Amazon Prime has grown into a media powerhouse.Taking, and in some ways surpassing, Netflix's self-serving model to produce its own content Amazon now has a bevy of television shows that are begging to be watched on its own platform.Chosen by the team, these are the shows streamed in the UK that are Instant classics primed to offer up hours of compulsive viewing.It's worth noting that these are the best Amazon Prime TV shows that can be watched instantly when you have Amazon Prime access.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.The cord-cutters have scored another victory.Total U.S. cable subscribers among the top nine companies which make up about 95% of the total market declined year-over-year in the first quarter of 2016, while broadband customers rose, according to new data from Leichtman Research.These top nine companies added just over 50,000 subscribers in Q1 2016, but total subscribers hit 49.1 million, down 0.2% YoY and 3% from two years ago.The report analyzes the state of the pay-TV industry and maps out which demographics are more likely to stop buying traditional TV packages.The report also discusses the user base, original content offerings, and subscription models of the major subscription streaming services available today, including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video.Finally, it looks at how traditional pay-TV companies and premium channels like HBO and Showtime are addressing the shift to digital viewing, as well as the implications of their response for advertisers.Those abandoning pay-TV packages fall into three main groups: cord-nevers, cord-cutters, and cord-shavers.Still, younger viewers watch four times as much video content online than older viewers.Netflix is the largest SVOD service and will continue to dominate the industry with an impressive original content lineup and aggressive expansion plans.Amazon is trying to compete with Netflix by investing significant resources in original content.Hulu is the third-largest SVOD service, but the only one to offer ad-supported membership tiers.Hulu has been the slowest to roll out original and exclusive content, but it has inked numerous deals in the past year to boost its content library.Pay-TV companies are responding to the rise of SVOD services by offering subscribers "skinny bundles" and their own streaming services.In full, the report:Illustrates the fall of the traditional TV package and the rise of broadband only cable subscriptions.Lays out the different types of viewers that are leaving behind pay-TV: cord-cutters, cord-shavers, and cord-nevers.Examines the leading SVOD services including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and premium channel offerings from HBO and Showtime.Explains the various ways that pay-TV companies are responding to the rise of SVOD services, notably skinny bundles and standalone streaming services.Considers what the migration to SVOD services means to marketers.To get your copy of this invaluable guide, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.But however you decide to acquire this report, you ve given yourself a powerful advantage in your understanding of subscription video on-demand services.
Image Source: Star WarsAs if all the new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in June weren t enough, Netflix is already hyping up its entire summer slate.But the biggest addition comes in September, when Netflix becomes the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.DON T MISS: See tons of new footage in the latest trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence The deal basically means that all relevant movies will go straight to Netflix after the DVD release — and it s exclusive, so you won t be able to get the same movies on Amazon Prime or HBO.We originally covered the deal between Netflix and Disney way back in 2012, but this is the first time we ve been given a precise window for when the deal would go into effect.As the original press release notes, this only applies to first-run live-action and animated feature films, but that s still a ton of value.It s also worth reminding everyone that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters in December, so presumably it will be one of the first Disney movies to release on Netflix under this new arrangement.
Welcomes to techradar's guide to the best Amazon Prime TV shows around, a constantly updated list of TV series that we have been watching and loving on what has become one of the most popular streaming services around.It wasn't always this way, though.In the UK, Amazon had a stuttering start when it came to taking on Netflix in the big streaming battle.This was partly due to a stubborn insistence on Amazon's part to keep its streaming setup separate, hoping to make Lovefilm a company it acquired when DVDs were all the rage into an on-demand brand.This didn't work so along came Plan B. Lovefilm didn't have global appeal, but it did have a backbone on which Amazon built the streaming service we know today - Amazon Prime Instant Video.Since this move, Amazon Prime has grown into a media powerhouse.
Though 2012 and subsequently 2013 and 2014 was the original Year of 4K , those super-sharp TVs we ve been lusting after since the days 'Gangnam Style' and 'Call Me Maybe' dominated the charts are only now becoming mainstream.Unfortunately, even if you do own a 4K telly, it can be unreasonably tricky to track down any 4K movies and shows to do its lovely screen any justice.Even Sky Q, which uses 4K as its main selling point -- hasn t launched its 4K channels yet.a new tool created by Currys PC World that makes it easy to find 4K TV, films and random clips on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.All you need to do is select your streaming service of choice, pick whichever content type suits you and work those beautiful eyeballs and fingers of yours.We re not totally convinced about how extensive its YouTube selection is, but for Netflix and Amazon it s a sure-fire winner.
The company has announced that it will be the exclusive streaming service for Disney and Pixar movies, as well as Marvel and LucasFilm properties, starting this September.The news comes more than three years after Netflix inked a deal with Disney in December 2012 for the rights to deliver the media giant s content on its streaming platform.Disney titles will become available on Netflix during the same release window in which they d come to pay-TV channels, meaning they ll arrive after they re released on DVD and Blu-Ray.That shuts out rivals like HBO, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video from streaming Disney movies, which is a huge deal for Netflix in its endeavor to become the go-to service for TV and movie fans.However, it s worth noting that the deal applies only to viewers in the US.We ll have to wait and see if Netflix will work to extend the deal to cover other countries.
If Netflix wasn t already the most essential streaming service before, it probably will be soon.Netflix has announced that, starting in September, it will not just be a place to find Cinderella, The Avengers, Indiana Jones, and Toy Story, it will be the only place to find them.Netflix has made an exclusive deal with Disney and its subsidiaries, so no Hulu or Amazon Prime for those films.We ve heard a lot about Netflix s original shows, but this is a deal that bolsters the larger catalog in a huge way.And, of course, Netflix already had a relationship with Marvel due to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and the rest of the Marvel Netflix shows.The real question is whether that means we ll finally be able to stream Star Wars.
Though 2012 and subsequently 2013 and 2014 was the original Year of 4K , those super-sharp TVs we ve been lusting after since the days 'Gangnam Style' and 'Call Me Maybe' dominated the charts are only now becoming mainstream.a new tool created by Currys PC World that makes it easy to find 4K TV, films and random clips on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.Parameter name: virtualPathDescription: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request.Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.Parameter name: virtualPath System.Web.VirtualPath.Create String virtualPath, VirtualPathOptions options 12887950 System.Web.VirtualPathUtility.ToAbsolute String virtualPath, String applicationPath 45 Umbraco.Core.IO.IOHelper.ResolveUrl String virtualPath 372 InfoCaster.Umbraco.UrlTracker.Helpers.UmbracoHelper.IsReservedPathOrUrl String url in d:\kipusoep\Documents\GitHub\UrlTracker\Helpers\UmbracoHelper.cs:49 InfoCaster.Umbraco.UrlTracker.Modules.UrlTrackerModule.UrlTrackerDo String callingEventName, Boolean ignoreHttpStatusCode in d:\kipusoep\Documents\GitHub\UrlTracker\Modules\UrlTrackerModule.cs:121 InfoCaster.Umbraco.UrlTracker.Modules.UrlTrackerModule.context AcquireRequestState Object sender, EventArgs e in d:\kipusoep\Documents\GitHub\UrlTracker\Modules\UrlTrackerModule.cs:75 System.Web.SyncEventExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute 80 System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep IExecutionStep step, Boolean & completedSynchronously 165Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:4.0.30319; ASP.NET Version:4.0.30319.18446We re not totally convinced about how extensive its YouTube selection is, but for Netflix and Amazon it s a sure-fire winner.
Sure, you could spend the next decade systematically watching everything on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, but with TVs becoming smarter, it s easier than ever to broaden what you watch.From classic TV shows to art-house films to popcorn-crunching blockbusters, a monthly subscription is the new way to make sure you re never anything less than fully entertained.Try out the services below, and don't forget to set your phone to silent:Mubi £4.99/month If Netflix is a 500-screen multiplex, Mubi is a cool indie cinema with a nice bar and gourmet nachos.The quality is high: everything s worth watching, and major blockbusters sit among the more artful selections.Indieflix sells itself as a selection of independent films, especially short films, but beyond the artful two-to-20-minute pieces it s a nostalgic VHS bargain bin full of low-budget grindhouse films like Laser Mission and Midnight Cop.So you might find it a little niche, but you could always just use the free one-month trial to enjoy some Hasselhoff below .
Google is no longer selling the Nexus Player on its own store, and it looks like it's not coming back.We have contacted Google to confirm that the player has been officially cancelled, and will update this story when they respond.Increasingly, however, television manufacturers such as Sony, Sharp and Philips are installing Android TV directly on their television sets, removing the need for an external device like the Nexus Player.An early stepping stoneWe weren't all that impressed when we reviewed the Nexus Player back in 2015.Other Android TV devices, such as the Nvidia Shield TV, have begun to differentiate themselves with increased gaming offerings rather than focussing on just video playback.But with most TVs now shipping with a smart TV platform of their own, it was only a matter of time before Google decided to kill off its dedicated external box.
Fear not - Amazon Video won't be short for content anytime soon, as the streaming service debuts eight new shows next month.Subscribers to Amazon Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan will be able to tune in to each show June 17.The two long-form shows - The Interestings and The Last Tycoon - adapt the best-selling novels of the same name by Meg Wolitzer and F. Scott Fitzgerald, respectively.The six pilots for the youngins vary in style and audience, but don't skimp on talent, such as Morris and the Cow, a cowboy cartoon comedy featuring animation and writing staff from the brilliant Bob's Burgers, and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, a live-action series executive produced by Sid and Marty Krofft of H.R.Amazon will also be taking in feedback for each pilot to see which will become fully-developed into an Amazon Original Series for all Amazon Prime subscribers.AdChoicesAd covers the pageReport this adThanks for the feedback!
It's lacking native Amazon Prime Video support, for example, and Siri recognizes less than half the commands on the new Apple TV than it does on iOS, watchOS or OSX.The only difference between the two is the amount of memory which, considering how small most streaming apps are, means the former will probably have sufficient space for years to come and offers the better value right now.There was a time when many of us settled for a limited streaming solution that mirrored our Apple devices but lacked anything other than a few dozen pre-approved apps.As a word of warning: apps are costlier here than are on other platforms, at least while the competition is sparse.Open the app on your phone or tablet and look for the AirPlay button it looks like a screen with a solid arrow pointing up .Finally, something I found inconsequential but still sort of cool, is that when you're done with the Apple TV and leave it idle, a high-def screen saver comes on that shows pre-recorded video of some of the world's most famous skylines.
Neither flash nor html5 is supported!Comixology recently launched Comixology Unlimited, a subscription plan that offers unlimited access to thousands of digital comics for just $5.99 per month.Put another way, if you want to try out a comic like Bitch Planet or Saga, you can read the older collections through Unlimited.Then, if you re really hooked, you can get fully up-to-date by buying the newest issues individually.I also asked Steinberger about the absence of the two biggest comics publishers — DC and Marvel.He said he s certainly open to adding them in the future, and he also touted the fact that Comixology Unlimited is the only digital comics subscription that includes titles from publishers Dark Horse and Image.
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