Report: Amazon is looking to acquire cable television channels – SiliconANGLE

It feels as though the world shall soon be divided equally among Microsoft, Apple, Walmart and Amazon.

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Sources quoted by NBC claimed that the e-commerce giant has started talks to buy scores of small television channels in an attempt to “supersize its video-channel business,” not just in the U.S. but around the globe.

“They are doubling down on the channels industry,” one person who is included in the talks told NBC. “They’re involved in doing deals with smaller indie networks where they can get benefits to carriers that are not handcuffed into traditional distribution packages and they’re involved in offer

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Harry Potter Kindle In Motion books feature magical MOVING pictures: WATCH this preview

This is my favorite story of the day so far! I love the thought of this – moving picture in e-books, some of them interactive! How cool is that? Imagine what you can do with children’s and Young Adult literature. I hope this really catches on and it’s no surprise that J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” would be the story to bring this forward to the masses. Can’t wait to get my copy!

Full article about the new Kindle versions available at Express UK

Amazon Studios Seeks TV Cord-Cutting Emmy | PYMNTS.com

A quick scan of the nominees list for the major categories turns up a very notable pattern: It is a good year for streaming services and the original content they produce, but not such a great one for traditional network television. HBO is the notable exception, but HBO also boasts a very popular subscription streaming service in HBOGo. HBO racked up an insane 110 nominations, with Netflix tracking fast on its heels at 93. Hulu, it should be noted, put up 18, and many of those are in major categories like Best Drama, Comedy and Leading Actor/Actress performances.

Amazon held steady at 16 nominations, a situation that reportedly has left Jeff Bezos distinctly unsatisfied with the Amazon Studio Team. He’s leveled a pretty clear mandate about what is expected in the future: bring him Game of Thrones. In response, Amazon’s creative schedule is said to be making some major overhauls with aims at appealing to a more mass market — less Man In The High Castle and more Ray Donovan.

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Amazon, Netflix and righting the wrongs of television’s gender problem

This is a really great article.

“Regular” TV developers need to read this & learn something.  Having courage to embrace new ideas from someone other than the typical show  developer not only creates more interesting content, but it also is beginning to dominate the market.

Consumers aren’t all one color, one gender, one age bracket, one “anything” – we come in a wide variety of descriptions and we like our entertainment content to reflect that.

Traditional film & TV green-lighters need to learn to get some courage or get out of the industry – or this time it will be YOU left behind instead of a third or more of your potential audience.  When we are given the “choice” of quality content featuring a wide variety of POVs & characters & story lines – we embrace the variety.  We don’t want the same old recycled stories & characters as our only choice.

Get with the program – or get out of the industry.

Netflix will spend $6 billion on original content in 2017. Between them, Amazon, Hulu and Netflix have scored 125 Emmy nominations this year. The message is clear: Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) is no longer the new kid on the block. And it is this blooming platform which is starting to turn the traditionally male-dominated world of television production on its head.

Every year, reports on industry employment reveal how women are underrepresented on the writers’ credits in television. In the US and the UK, women’s share of television employment has remained at under 30%. Women showrunners (creators, executive producers and writers) account for only 22% of showrunners in the US. Women of colour make up just 4%. Once the bothersome newcomer in the entertainment market, subscription streaming services are shaking up the system and showing their more traditional rivals how innovation can lead to market dominance.

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Amazon Was Supposed To Have Crushed Bookstores. So Why Are Indie Bookshops Booming In D.C.? | WAMU

There’s no question about it: Amazon has walloped brick-and-mortar bookstores across the country. But in the Washington region, mom-and-pop booksellers say they’re not going anywhere.At least five small, independent bookstores have opened locally in the last two years, with more on the way. Solid State Books is a new shop heading to H Street NE. Big indie players Politics and Prose, Kramerbooks and Busboys and Poets have either expanded or are planning expansions, and innovative ventures such as mobile shop Duende District are remaking what it means to be a bookstore.

Source: Amazon Was Supposed To Have Crushed Bookstores. So Why Are Indie Bookshops Booming In D.C.? | WAMU

Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends: What Do They Mean For Music?

We’ve come a long way from the days of “Napster Fear”…

One intriguing, unspoken pattern emerges from the report: all of the top six companies by global market capitalization in 2017—Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Tencent and Alibaba, a combined market value of over US$3 trillion—are making aggressive investments in music. Apple, Google and Amazon are a handful of the players sparring for market share in the streaming wars, alongside more music-centric competitors Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, Tidal and Deezer. Facebook is looking to secure music licensing deals with major labels amidst its growing interest in video, and recently hired former YouTube exec Tamara Hrivnak to lead its global music strategy and business development.

Across the Pacific, Tencent Music Entertainment Group just signed a landmark licensing deal with Universal Music Group, atop its existing deals with Sony and Warner; its music streaming and download service QQ Music has over 400 million monthly active users, over three times as many as those on Spotify. Alibaba Music extended its licensing deal with BMG, and launched an artist-management venture with video site Youku; its parent, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, plans to invest over 50 billion yuan (US$7.4 billion) in new projects over the next three years.

Source: Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends: What Do They Mean For Music?