Category Archives: Amazon Prime Video

Amazon buys exclusive UK rights to US Open tennis tournament

Five-year deal, thought worth $40m, gives Prime subscribers in UK access to grand slam event

Amazon has struck a deal said to be worth $40m (£30m) for the exclusive UK TV rights to the US Open tennis tournament, as the US firm looks to add to its 100 million Prime subscribers.

Amazon, which is in talks with the Premier League to potentially stream matches from 2019 to 2022, has struck a five-year deal starting with this summer’s tournament at Flushing Meadows in New York.

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Gianni Versace and The Looming Tower: does truth matter in 'true-life' dramas?

The BBC drama about the murder of the fashion mogul and Amazon’s 9/11 thriller have both played with the facts, but should they allow them to get in the way of a good story?

“This TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.” That was the view of the Versace family before The Assassination of Gianni Versace aired. The FX series, showing in the UK on BBC2, is one of a recent run of shows to dramatise recent history. It focuses on the designer’s murder, on the steps of his Miami mansion in 1997, taking it as the starting point for a nine-part drama that admits to some storytelling licence. Meanwhile, The Looming Tower, which began on Amazon Prime last week and is based on Lawrence Wright’s book, has reopened controversy about 9/11, and in the US, critics are discussing whether Paramount Network’s drama Waco has too much love for cult leader David Koresh.

Related: When true crime TV drama only adds to the pain

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Jeffrey Tambor: Transparent star fired over sexual harassment claims

After an investigation, which the lead star of the Amazon comedy-drama called ‘deeply flawed’, the Emmy winner will not return for future seasons

Jeffrey Tambor has been dropped from the Emmy-winning Amazon comedy-drama Transparent after sexual harassment allegations.

Related: Loss leader: can a TV show continue without its main character?

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Sky takes on Netflix and Amazon with cheaper streaming

Low-cost, plug-in stick and new download service a response to new rivals

Sky is taking the fight to rivals Netflix and Amazon Video with the launch of a low-cost plug-in stick that will provide access to its films, television shows and live sport such as Premier League matches on any TV set.

It is launching a smart stick for its Now TV streaming service, the broadcaster’s response to the rise of US streaming services such as Netflix, that works in the same way as Amazon’s Fire TV stick by plugging into the back of any smart TV.

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I Love Dick, Lady Dynamite and the death of 'quirky' comedies

By axing their most off-kilter sitcoms, Amazon and Netflix have shown that the era of experimentation is over. Now, they are morphing into traditional broadcasters

In November, Amazon released a pilot for a sitcom that was unlike anything seen before. Entitled Sea Oak, the sitcom had abnormal pedigree. It was directed by Hiro Murai, lauded for his work on Atlanta and Snowfall. It was written by George Sanders, who had just won the Man Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo. And it starred Glenn Close, who is Glenn Close. Better yet, the show was about a put-upon pensioner who dies during a home invasion and then comes roaring back to life as an all-powerful, foul-mouthed avenging angel.

It was spectacular, but it will never be made into a series. Because, no matter how great Sea Oak was, the major streaming services have come to the conclusion that smartly idiosyncratic comedies – especially those with female leads – are not the way to go. Netflix has just binned Maria Bamford’s kaleidoscopic Lady Dynamite, a show that was like watching your brain explode inside a hall of mirrors. And Amazon? As well as not picking up Sea Oak, it has doubled down by cancelling Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi and Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick.

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