Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has won their first Emmy award for smart video recommendations. Amazon’s Instant Video service won the Emmy for Technology & Engineering, which focused around the company’s personalized video recommendations. Amazon.com’s Instant Video service competes against Netflix and Hulu.
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Amazon Studios has launched 14 pilots on Amazon Instant Video. The pilots can be watched through the Amazon Instant Video app and amazonoriginals.com. All of the pilots can be accessed for free. Amazon will be taking customer feedback after each pilot is viewed to determined which of the series shows should be ordered by Amazon Studios.
Amazon.com is working on developing an original series based on the movie Zombieland starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson. Previously it was rumored that CBS was going to develop a Zombieland series, but that opportunity fell through. It will take some time for the series to show up on Amazon Instant Video because the casting sheets and scripts are just getting started. Given that Netflix is working on a few original series of their own like House of Cards in February and the new season of Arrested Development, Amazon.com will need to step it up in terms of rivalry.
Amazon.com and Microsoft Corporation has introduced a new Amazon Instant Video app for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers that gives them access to movies and TV episodes on their Xbox 360 consoles. The app gives users access to Prime Instant Video, a service that has over 17,000 movies and TV episodes. Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers would be able to find the free Amazon Instant Video app on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360.
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Amazon.com’s Prime Instant Video service is continuing to grow as evidenced by a recent partnership with Paramount Pictures. Paramount is bring hundreds of new movies to the service. Amazon was able to add 3,000 new titles when they signed a deal with Discovery two months ago. Some of the big name movies being added as a result of the Paramount partnership include Clueless, Mean Girls, Braveheart, Star Trek, Top Gun, The Truman Show, The Italian Job, Forrest Gump, etc. Amazon Instant Video will now offer over 17,000 movies and TV episodes for unlimited streaming for Amazon Prime customers. Amazon Prime customers pay $79 per year, which also includes two-day shipping and access to the Kindle Lending Library.