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Seven Shows You May Not Know Are Streaming Exclusively on Amazon

To state the obvious, the world of online episodic streaming is competitive. It's certainly not all about Netflix anymore. But it's crucial to get those exclusive series. Especially if you're Amazon and, as of 2015, the Prime annual fee is making the steep jump from $79 for a one-year subscription to $99.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2014 2:05 PM
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Four Amazon Studios Pilots Get Full Series Order (VIDEO)

Of the five pilots Amazon Studios made available for streaming in February, four will get a full first season order. From "Transparent" by Jill Soloway to "Mozart in the Jungle" by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, the lineup reflects the increasing shift of filmmakers to the serialized, streaming content arena.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 1:04 PM
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LISTEN: Three Seasoned Hollywood Reporters Debate the Future of Filmed Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE PODCAST)

On the occasion of the publication of "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," which covers one year at the movies-- 2012, from January's Sundance Film Festival through Oscar night 2013, when "Argo" won Best Picture--I invited two seasoned film industry reporters to debate with me the future of filmed entertainment ahead of last Sunday's screening of "Argo" at The Egyptian Theatre. We do not always agree.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2014 3:56 PM
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Where to Stream Ten of the Year's Best Films

It's late-December so all you'll be hearing for the next few months will be "12 Years a Slave" this and "Gravity" that -- but there were other great movies made in 2013 too, you know. And you can stream ten of them now on Netflix, Amazon and Fandor.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 27, 2013 4:16 PM
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Amazon Drone Roundup: Jeff Bezos' Amazing Video Revealed on '60 Minutes,' Could It Happen? (VIDEO)

The big news of Sunday was Amazon's announcement of its planned Prime Air shipping system, where truly futuristic drone flying machines pick up a given customer's merchandise, packaged in a yellow industrial tupperware-style box, and drop it at the customer's door step. Amazon is boasting on its website that when the technology is fully ready customers will have their ordered items within 30 minutes.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 2, 2013 12:57 PM
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Amazon's First Two Original Series, 'Alpha House' and 'Betas,' to Premiere in November (TRAILERS)

Amazon is officially entering the original content ring this month, with its first two series landing November premiere dates. "Alpha House," starring John Goodman, Cynthia Nixon, Amy Sedaris and Wanda Sykes, among others, premieres November 15; "Betas," starring Joe Dinicol, Karan Soni, Jon Daly, Charlie Saxton and Maya Erskine, premieres November 22. Trailers below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 4, 2013 1:40 PM
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Amazon Greenlights Three New TV Pilots from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Jill Soloway and More

Amazon Prime Instant has greenlit three enticing comedy pilots. Oscar nominee Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Emmy nominee and Sundance winner Jill Soloway and more are cooking up some potential new series.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2013 12:38 PM
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Your Week in Streaming: Artists, Devils, Lovers and More on VOD, and the Best Gay Art Film David Lynch Never Made

As the summer parade of megaplex fare comes to a close, your weary eyeballs may be in need of some fresh content to view from home. Here's a handpicked roundup of excellent films, new and old, available across various streaming and VOD platforms that you may have missed.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 19, 2013 4:22 PM
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Roundup: Best Analyses of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Purchase of The Washington Post

Media outlets have been weighing in all week on Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' $250-million purchase of The Washington Post. Below, a roundup of some of the best analyses of the sale, including various interpreted upsides of the purchase, an NY Times look at the Graham family, who have owned the publication for decades (having seen it through Watergate), an open letter in the Style section of the Post to Bezos, and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 7, 2013 11:49 AM
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Memo to Screenwriters #2: Like E.L. James, You Can Change the Game

In the 1960s, Marshall McLuhan emphasized the value of message and the medium the message uses over its creator. This idea flies in the face of the modern era’s printed book as the ultimate expression of the writer, who toiled in glorified isolation as the big publishing house distributed it magically across the universe. McLuhan went on to predict a wireless world, where all messages are accessed instantly to and from a collective brain--what we now call mobile media.
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • July 16, 2013 12:17 PM
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