Amazon takes new fronts in content wars
January 21, 2015
Retailer and online video service Amazon will finance up to 12 US theatrical movies in 2015, releasing them on its Prime Instant Video subscription service one to two months after the cinema. The move into film production and distribution follows the commission of the first episodic series directed by Woody Allen, which will also be exclusive to Prime Instant Video.
Content produced and distributed through Amazon Original Movies will move quickly from cinemas to subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) - four to eight weeks instead of the usual six to ten months.