A trusted source at Amazon, who wishes to remain anonymous, has informed me that Amazon’s rumored TV network subscription service is schedualed to launch tomorrow. The new service will give Amazon Prime members the option to subscribe to individual TV networks for an additional monthly fee. Subscribing to a network will unlock that network’s on-demand content within Amazon Video. Two of the networks that are expected to be available at launch are Showtime and Starz, with many more coming soon.
Support for this new subscription service on the Fire TV will initially be limited. You will not be able to subscribe to a network from the Fire TV, but rather, must do so through Amazon’s website. Once subscribed to a network, all of its content will be accessible through the Fire TV, but there will be no easy way to browse the videos from a particular network. For now, you will have to find a network’s content using the Fire TV’s search function. A Fire TV software update, expected to arrive early next year, will add the ability to browse content by network, as well as the option to subscribe directly through the Fire TV itself.
While all signs seem to indicate the service will launch tomorrow, the date is not set in stone. The service was initially set to launch last week on December 2nd and was then changed to the 3rd, only to now be slated for tomorrow, December 7th. The launch delay is partially due to Amazon’s largest software quality assurance team being put completely out of commission due to the severe flooding in Chennai, India.