Netflix Still Dominates Streaming, but Amazon Is Picking Up Steam (Re/Code)

Netflix is still king of the video streamers, followed by YouTube. But Amazon, which has lagged far behind for many years, is beginning to make a move.

That’s the takeaway from… [Read more on Re/Code]

Take that, Netflix: Amazon says Prime grants free 4K streaming (C|Net)

Amazon's original series "Alpha House" will be available via 4K streaming  • Amazon

Amazon’s original series “Alpha House” will be available via 4K streaming

In response to Netflix raising its price for customers who want 4K streaming, Amazon says its 4K video streams won’t cost Prime subscribers an extra dime.

Begun, the 4K streaming price war has.

Today Amazon said users who subscribe to its $99 per year Prime program won’t have to pay extra to get 4K versions of its video streams.

“We want to be the best entertainment destination for customers. We’re confident that offering… [Read more on C|Net]

Amazon re-shingles Rooftop Media for laughs (C|Net)

digital entertainment post amazon rooftop

The online retail giant is seeking opportunities beyond the warehouse, and the acquisition of the online comedy service underscores its goals.

Amazon has acquired online comedy service Rooftop Media, taking another small step toward competing with entertainment-focused rivals such as Netflix.

The online retail giant is purchasing Rooftop Media to advance its plans to step outside of e-commerce… [Read more on C|Net]

Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ Gets A Second Season, Netflix Competitor Touts ‘Binge-Factor’ (International Business Times)

All 10 episodes of Amazon’s original series “Transparent” was made available to Prime subscribers on Sept. 26. Amazon

Amazon’s original series “Transparent” will be renewed for a second season, set to air in 2015, the company announced Thursday. While Amazon doesn’t disclose its viewership data, the announcement did cite the show’s “binge factor” — the addictiveness that entices viewers to devour multiple episodes in… [Read more on International Business Times]

Here’s Why Amazon Prime Video Should Die (Investor Place)

AMZN should focus on e-commerce, not expensive video content

Amazon (AMZN) shares have been under pressure in 2014, with AMZN stock down about 20% year-to-date vs. a gain of about 6% for the S&P 500.

The reason for all the downward pressure on Amazon stock is a focus on margins and profits, with AMZN stock holders no longer patient with the e-commerce giant’s plan of building its scale at the the expense of the bottom line.

Recent boondoggles at Amazon include… [Read more on InvestorPlace]

Amazon donne son feu vert à deux nouvelles séries en ligne (La Presse)

Amazon a fait beaucoup d’efforts ces derniers temps pour renforcer son offre de vidéo en flux sur internet (streaming), où il rivalise notamment avec Netflix. PHOTO EMMANUEL DUNAND, ARCHIVES AFP

Amazon continue de monter en puissance dans la vidéo en ligne avec un feu vert annoncé vendredi pour deux nouvelles séries, l’une produite par Steven Soderbergh et l’autre confiée au réalisateur Marc Forster.

La première saison des deux séries sera diffusée en intégralité l’an prochain sur le service «Prime» du géant américain de la… [Lire la suite sur La Presse]