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Starz CEO: Amazon deal is accretive to our OTT business

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said that Starz and the newly rebranded Starz Encore channels are doing well and that Amazon is having a lot of success selling the recently launched Starz standalone OTT product.

Want to give Alexa development a try? Echoism.io is here to help

Want to find out what the Amazon Alexa Voice Service is all about? Now, Amazon is empowering developers to give Alexa a try thanks to its Echoism.io Alexa skill testing tool.

Amazon's $2B estimated content spend easily subsidized by Prime subscribers, analyst says

Retail and streaming video giant Amazon is well positioned to increase the amount of original content it produces, while still turning a profit, a new research note from Ampere Analysis says. That's because its Prime subscribers' spending behaviors drive profitability across its site. Further, Amazon may be looking to expand its Streaming Partners Program internationally, a launch the research firm says "is imminent."

Facebook, Microsoft to build 160 Tbps, 4,100 km submarine cable

Facebook and Microsoft have hatched plans to build their own submarine cable network that will bypass congested network routes.

Showtime's Christie: Amazon and Hulu have changed from being competitors to partners

Showtime, like many other premium network providers, initially saw over the top players like Hulu and Amazon as a threat. But now the company sees those SVOD providers as a way to attract a new base of cord-nevers and cord-cutters. The company hopes that it will be able to also work with Netflix in the same capacity some day.

Amazon, Netflix face new EU guidelines on content in bid to level SVOD playing field

The European Union wants online video streaming giants Amazon Prime Video and Netflix to devote a much larger portion of their libraries to regional content, an attempt by the governing body to force a more level playing field in the SVOD space, according to media reports.

Sprint gives 12 months of Amazon Prime free to customers on 40 GB plans

Sprint said it will give a year of Amazon Prime-- worth $99-- for free to new or existing customers who sign up for the carrier's 40 GB shared data plan. The offer comes weeks after Sprint offered its customers access to Amazon Prime for $10.99-- a price that Amazon itself began offering just a few days later.

Comcast, AWS continue to challenge Akamai in CDN space

Could content delivery networks run by rivals like Amazon Web Services threaten Akamai? One analyst thinks so, noting that Comcast, which moved into the CDN market segment in 2014, plans to triple its CDN capacity next year.

JW Player's Otten: Amazon Video Direct could boost indie publisher revenues, audience base

Amazon's new Video Direct will allow creators to make their content available to customers of the online retail giant, in either transactional or subscription format. But while the service appears to challenge other OTT video outlets like Vimeo, it could provide a revenue-generating shot in the arm for the entire independent publisher segment.

Amazon goes full YouTube, adds ability for creators to upload, share and monetize videos

Proving once again that it wants to compete in every sector of the video business, Amazon has launched a YouTube-like service that lets video creators share and monetize their content.
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