23 Facts About Amazon Video


Amazon Prime Video, or simply Prime Video, is an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming and rental service of Amazon offered as a standalone service or as part of Amazon's Prime subscription.

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On December 14,2016, Prime Amazon Video launched worldwide expanding its reach beyond the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, and Japan.

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On February 8,2012, Amazon signed a deal with Viacom to add shows from MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, TV Land, VH1, CMT, Spike, BET and Logo TV to Prime Instant Video.

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On September 4,2012, Amazon Video signed a deal with pay-TV channel Epix to feature movies on their streaming service, in a move to rival their competitor Netflix.

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Additionally, in November 2013, Amazon premiered the comedies Alpha House and Betas, which are original series available exclusively online via the Prime Instant Video service.

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Amazon Video offered the first three episodes of both series at once for free, with each subsequent episode released weekly thereafter for Prime members.

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In February 2014, Amazon announced that the streaming service of its UK subsidiary LoveFilm would be folded into the Instant Video service on February 26,2014.

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On July 30,2015, Amazon announced that they had hired Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May to produce an untitled motoring show for Amazon Prime Video that would later be named The Grand Tour.

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In November 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon Video was pursuing streaming rights to US professional sports leagues to further differentiate the service.

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In January 2017, Amazon Video announced Anime Strike, an anime focused Amazon Video Channels service.

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Amazon Video will be the third party pay TV provider for the ATP finals and starting in 2018 for Queens Club and Eastbourne tournaments.

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In November it was announced that Amazon Video had acquired the British television rights to the US Open for five years from the 2018 edition, for a reported £30 million.

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Eurosport who owned the pan European rights extended their deal with the US Open but excluded the UK, which was ironic as Amazon Video had reached a deal with the broadcaster to stream their channels on their station.

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On January 5,2018, Amazon announced that Anime Strike and Heera would be discontinued as separate services, and that their content would be merged into the main Prime Video library at no additional charge.

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On March 18,2021, Prime Amazon Video announced that they have renewed their deal to and will be the exclusive broadcaster of Thursday Night Football between the 2022 and 2033 seasons.

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On May 17,2021, parent company Amazon Video entered negotiations to acquire Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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On February 9,2022, Amazon Video signed a long-term deal with the Shepperton Studios for exclusive use of new production facilities.

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On July 1,2022, Amazon Video announced a deal with UEFA Champions League football.

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Service supports online streaming via web player, as well as apps on Amazon Fire-branded devices, and supported third-party mobile devices, digital media players, video game consoles, and smart TVs An Android TV app is available, which was initially exclusive to Sony Bravia smart TVs running Android TV, and Nvidia Shield.

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Amazon Video had historically withheld support for Apple TV and Google's Chromecast platform.

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However, in December 2017, Amazon released an Apple TV app for Prime Video, and announced in April 2019 that it would add Chromecast support to the Prime Video mobile app and perform a wider release of Prime Video's Android TV app.

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In Brazil, a similar Amazon Video was launched, but under the name Loja Prime Video, and for renting of movies only.

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Prime Amazon Video is working with local authorities and Internet Service Providers where needed to help mitigate any network congestion.

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