Amazon.com is changing up its streaming service. Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is planning to launch a free ad-supported streaming network and will do away with only offering video to members via a $99 a year plan with Amazon Prime.
The new free service will likely feature original content, something that Amazon started getting into last year with the launch of sits first shows Alpha House and Betas. Alpha House was renewed for a second season, while WSJ reports that when it comes to Betas, Amazon "is unlikely to renew the series for a second season" but they have been talking about producing the show for the [...]
Inspired by the recent surge of publicity Nathan Fielder is getting for his "Dumb Starbucks" stunt, Comedy Central has put the entire first season of Fielder's show Nathan For You online for free on their website, hoping to get new viewers into the show while everyone is talking about Fielder and Dumb Starbucks.
Nathan For You returns for its second season sometime this summer, and the Dumb Starbucks experiment will be the focus of one episode. Fielder is also making a last-minute appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight to discuss Dumb Starbucks.
Amazon announced today the premiere dates for its first two original comedies. The John Goodman-starring Alpha House, about a quartet of Washington D.C. senators living together, will debut November 15th. The Silicon Valley startup sitcom Betas, starring Jon Daly, will begin airing November 22nd.
Amazon will make the first three episodes of each show free on Amazon Instant Video on those dates, and roll out one new episode of each on the subscription service in subsequent weeks. The first season of each show is 11 episodes long. Amazon let viewers view and rate their entire slate of pilots they were developing into potential shows, with execs choosing to [...]
We're still in the very early days of web TV, with Amazon, Yahoo!, Netflix, and Hulu having emerged as the first generation of high-quality streaming content creators. Yahoo! rebranded its video site "Yahoo! Screen" in 2011 and soon got into the comedy game with Ken Marino and Erica Oyama's Emmy-nominated Burning Love, Seth Morris's First Dates with Toby Harris, and the sketch show Sketchy amongst their first batch of shows.
Today, Yahoo! debuts five new original 10-minute (or less) comedies, including projects from Ed Helms, Jack Black, Cheryl Hines, and more. All 10-12 episodes of each show have been posted today, instead of rolling them out week by week. [...]
Netflix is getting into the standup special game. "Beyond series, we will be expanding our Originals initiative to include broadly appealing feature documentaries and standup comedy specials," the company announced yesterday in a letter to shareholders. Standup specials are already a huge part of Netflix's streaming service, but so far, they've only showcased specials that were produced via networks like Comedy Central or independently and then sold to Netflix. Comedy Central and HBO now have a new competitor in the standup special game.