Oct 19 2012

News - LOVEFiLM Users to Have Option to Sign In with Amazon Account Details

When Amazon announced the Kindle Fire HD earlier this month, the company also announced its first release of the Kindle Fire line in the UK. Given the popularity of the Amazon-owned LOVEFiLM streaming service, it should be no surprise that many Kindle Fire tablets will probably be used to tap into the LOVEFiLM library of content. Evidently LOVEFiLM and Amazon have decided that the release of the Kindle Fire provides an opportunity to start tying their two different account types together. Starting today, LOVEFiLM subscribers will be presented with the option to sign into the service using either their LOVEFiLM account details or their Amazon account details. The option is only intended for Kindle Fire users at this time, though LOVEFiLM is indicating that everyone will eventually be able to use their Amazon account details. 

Amazon and LOVEFiLM Link Accounts

Why are you making this change to sign in?

In order to make streaming movies and TV on a Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD you need to be signed in to LOVEFiLM on the device using your Amazon e-mail address and password. Once this has happened, you should use your Amazon details to sign in to LOVEFiLM on the web and all other devices.


Sep 15 2012

News - Ceton Companion Released to Amazon App Store, Kindle Fire

Ceton Companion on Kindle Fire

Ceton has announced that their Ceton Companion app for Windows Media Center is now available on the Amazon App Store, which is good news for Android-lovers who like to stray from the Google Play corral and for Kindle Fire owners, of which Amazon is hoping there will soon be many more. It costs the customary $4.99, and although the version on the Amazon App Store is lagging some of the other releases, an updated version is inbound. With this release, the Ceton team has rounded out their initial wave of launches. There is a Windows 8 app in the works, and I wish there was a Nook release lurking in the wings, but for now the team can turn their attention to the rapidly growing list of feature requests that the team is soliciting from the community on the Green Button.

The Ceton Companion has now been approved and is available on the Amazon App Store for $4.99

Ceton Forum on

Sep 05 2012

News - Amazon Signs Deal with EPIX for Prime Instant Video

Amazon and EPIX

Amazon has been on a tear over the last year, regularly adding new content providers to their Prime Instant Video stable. However, the last few deals with companies like NBCUniversal Cable and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution have been focused on building out Amazon's collection of television content. Today, Amazon turned their attention to movies, signing a deal with EPIX. The deal with EPIX will add thousands of movies to Amazon Prime Instant Video including recent hits such as The Avengers, Thor, and Rango, along with a wide selection of other movies from EPIX's studio partners. The cynical take has been that this deal is simply foreshadowing for a new Kindle Fire release, but I suspect that we will see plenty more such deals as Amazon increasingly establishes Prime Instant Videos as a Netflix-killer.

Today, Amazon and EPIX announce a multi-year licensing agreement in the U.S., which will add thousands of new releases, classic library titles and original programs to Prime Instant Video. Programming from the agreement includes movies from EPIX studio partners, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Lionsgate. 


Jul 24 2012

News - Amazon Announces Streaming Deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution

Amazon currently boasts more than 18,000 movies and TV episodes on Prime Instant Video, but there can never be enough for a truly well-rounded service. Amazon and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution have signed a deal to bring yet more television programming to the Prime Instant Video catalog. The deal includes shows such as Dark Blue and Rubicon, but in a more interesting twist, the deal gives Amazon exclusive access to Fringe and The West Wing for the summer. This marks the first time that Amazon has secured exclusive rights to a movie or television show for Prime Instant Video, even though it sounds like it will be a rather short-lived arrangement. I'm not a big fan of exclusive deals, but it is interesting to see Amazon flirt with being more aggressive in taking on Netflix and Hulu.

Both Fringe and The West Wing will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video for the summer, giving Prime members and Kindle Fire customers exclusive access to favorite titles that have been previously unavailable. Prime Instant Video includes more than 18,000 movies and TV episodes available for Prime members to instantly stream and enjoy at no additional cost.


May 27 2012

News - Amazon Adds Paramount Pictures to Prime Instant Videos

In early February, Amazon and Viacom signed a deal to bring many of Viacom's television programs to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service. At the time, we noted that the deal did not include any movies and speculated that Amazon would need to ink a separate deal with Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures. Sure enough, Amazon announced this week that they have signed a three year deal with Paramount that will bring hundreds of movies to Prime Instant Videos including Star Trek, Nacho Libre, and Mission Impossible. The announcement wasn't exactly earth-shattering given that Amazon and Viacom had already gotten cozy, but it's always nice to see the major streaming services continue to build out their selection.

Paramount Pictures

Amazon continues to invest in Prime Instant Video and add to the already-vast selection of movies and TV episodes available to customers as part of their Prime membership., Inc. today announced a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures that brings hundreds of new hit movies to Prime Instant Video in the U.S. over the next three years. 

Amazon Press Release

Apr 04 2012

News - Amazon Instant Video Comes to the PlayStation 3

Amazon Instant Video on PS3

PlayStation 3 owners looking to get their Dirty Jobs fix have another option with the arrival of Amazon Instant Video. The app download is available directly from the XcrossMediaBar under TV/Video Services or from the PlayStation Store. The new app gives complete access to Amazon video rental and purchase options, and for Amazon Prime subscribers, access to Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming catalog as well. Amazon is also touting the introduction of new smart lists for recently watched items and personal recommendations as well as Whispersync support for viewing synchronization across devices. The PlayStation 3 is the first game console to receive support for Amazon's video services, giving Sony a big win over Microsoft in the race to establish game consoles as the living room entertainment hub. That being said, the general look and feel of the new Playstation app seems to draw from the design influences of the new Xbox Metro style, so perhaps an Xbox 360 version isn't too far off.

Amazon Prime members have access to 17,000 television shows and movies, including Glee, Downton Abbey, Sons of Anarchy and other content from providers like Viacom, ABC, and Fox. Non-Prime members can access the same content during a free one-month trial, but that after that they need to pony up $79.99. The Amazon Instant Video service also offers another 120,000 movies and television shows for purchase or rental.

Mar 14 2012

News - Amazon Signs Deal with Discovery Communications for Prime Instant Videos

It has been a little more than a month since Amazon signed a deal to bring some of Viacom's properties to its Prime Instant Videos service. Evidently, Amazon has been busy courting other content providers, as Amazon today announced a licensing agreement with Discovery Communications that will bring shows from networks such as the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and TLC as well as the Discovery archives to Prime Instant Videos. Amazon is describing the deal as their biggest addition to Prime Instant Videos yet. With the addition of Discovery Communications, Amazon is boasting that they now have more than 17,000 titles to choose from.

MythBusters on Amazon Prime, Inc. and Discovery Communications today announced a licensing agreement that will allow Amazon Prime members to stream prior seasons of hit series and specials from Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science and Military Channel, as well as content from the company’s rich, 25-year programming library. Among the programs included in the agreement are Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress and Animal Planet’s Whale Wars, in addition to other titles.


Feb 08 2012

News - Amazon Announces Streaming Media Deal with Viacom

Amazon and Viacom Confirmed

Yesterday there were reports that Amazon and Viacom were close to announcing a deal that would bring Viacom content to Prime Instant Video. Today there is an official announcement. The deal appears to be limited to Viacom-owned TV shows that are part of the Viacom Media Networks. Evidently adding Viacom-owned movies will require a separate deal with Paramount Pictures Corp. Amazon is not providing a complete list of what is coming, but Amazon's press release does promise "thousands of episodes" and name-checks series such as Jersey Shore, The Real World, Hot in Cleveland, and Spongebob Squarepants.

The other tidbit that came out yesterday was that Amazon is reportedly looking to launch a standalone media streaming service to compete more directly with Netflix. Today's announcement does not provide any new information on that front, so we can only wait and see., Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced a licensing agreement with Viacom that will allow Amazon Prime members to instantly stream TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT and Logo. This deal will bring the total number of Prime Instant Videos to more than 15,000. Amazon Prime members can enjoy this selection on over 300 different devices, including Kindle Fire—the Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, magazines, apps, books, games, and more.

Amazon Press Release


Feb 08 2012

News - Amazon Set to Announce Deal with Viacom, Maybe Launch Standalone Video Streaming Service

Amazon and Viacom

It has already been a busy week for streaming media deals with Redbox and Verizon hooking up, but it looks like Amazon is getting ready to make some noise as well. Amazon is reportedly getting ready to announce that they have secured a deal to add content from Viacom to Prime Instant Video. There are no details on exactly what that content will be, but given that Viacom owns  Paramount, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MTV, among others, we can probably expect a variety of movie and TV properties.

Perhaps even more interesting is the suggestion that this might be the last step in securing content for a standalone subscription streaming service, turning Prime Instant Video into a full-on Netflix competitor and not just a perk for Prime subscribers. Amazon has already found success with this model in the UK with LOVEFiLM, a DVD rental and streaming service similar to Netflix which Amazon bought up early last year. In fact, LOVEFiLM may end up being a pretty good indicator of what Amazon has in mind for the look and feel of Prime Instant Video. Amazon probably isn't interested in getting into DVD rentals, but LOVEFiLM not only offers a subscription streaming service, but also online rentals and purchases in a clean, app-like interface. LOVEFiLM also serves as the operator of similar services for other retailers, a business that Amazon would probably love to get into here in the US as well. Inc is about to announce a Web video deal with Viacom Inc in what sources said was one of the last steps in a plan to launch a standalone subscription service to compete with Netflix Inc.

Jan 31 2012

News - SlingPlayer Comes to Kindle Fire

Amazon has been always been cagey about providing Kindle sales numbers, but with estimates floating around that Amazon may have sold upwards of 6 million Kindle Fires since the tablet's introduction late last year, you can bet that we will see more Android-friendly media apps and services working to bring their wares specifically to the Kindle Fire. How nice of Sling Media to provide an example to illustrate that point. Sling Media has been working to deploy their SlingPlayer Mobile app as widely as possible, including betting big on Honeycomb tablets. Starting January 31st, Sling Media will also be betting on the Kindle Fire with the release of SlingPlayer Mobile for the Kindle Fire through the Amazon App Store for $29.99. Sling Media has tried to take advantage of each platform that it has brought SlingPlayer Mobile to, and it looks like the Kindle Fire will be no exception. Despite being relatively low-powered as far as Android tablets go, the Kindle Fire seems to get on just fine with the SlingPlayer Mobile app in this hands-on. 

Sling Media Kindle Fire

Whether in high quality or low quality mode, however, SlingPlayer for the Kindle Fire performed as advertised. Operation using the on-screen controls was straight forward and commands were received by the Slingbox quickly. I did manage to trip up the connection once or twice by sending multiple commands too quickly, but seasoned SlingPlayer users know not to overload the controller and beyond that, performance was very impressive.

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