Amazon.com is planning to open a movie and TV center in London to have original content developed for their streaming service. The Telegraph is reporting that London was “the obvious choice” for Amazon’s new digital media development center because “Britain has led the way in pioneering on-demand services which allow users to rent films and television over the internet.”
The center will be an 8-story, 47,000 square foot office near Barbican tube station in the heart of London. “I wouldn’t underplay the value that the UK has brought to this sector. When you look at the specialist skills that are available here, it is the obvious place to come… Innovation is part of the Amazon DNA and we are creating a centre of excellence to design and develop the next generation of TV and film services for a wide range of digital devices,” stated the managing director of the center in an interview with The Telegraph.
Amazon owns two London-based media services, LoveFilm and PushButton. The staff from those two companies are expected to be moved to the new building soon.