New Amazon Comedy Pilot Season debuts next month with Kevin Bacon, JCVD, and Peter Serafinowicz as ‘The Tick’

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Amazon has announced their next lineup of pilots to gauge audience interest in new shows. Three half-hour pilots will debut August 19 in what Amazon is calling their 2016 Comedy Pilot Season. The first pilot is I Love Dick, based on the book of the same name, which is a romantic comedy staring Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon. Second is an action comedy called Jean-Claude Van Johnson, where Jean-Claude Van Damme will be staring in his first TV role. The martial arts movie icon plays a character not much unlike himself, a global martial arts and film sensation, but the character is also the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world. The final pilot is The Tick, a new take on the short lived Fox comedy that has become a bit of a cult classic. Ben Edlund, creator of both the original live action comedy and 1994 animated series, is back as writer and executive producer. The show stars Peter Serafinowicz, as The Tick, and Griffin Newman. Read on if you’d like to know more about each show. Read more ›

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Amazon original movie ‘Elvis & Nixon’ coming to Prime Video on August 25

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The Amazon original movie Elvis & Nixon is set to arrive on Prime Video next month on August 25. The movie premiered in theaters in April, giving it just a 4 month turnaround time from big screen to Prime Video. When Amazon first announced they’d start making original movies last year, they said they’d be bringing their movies to Prime much quicker than the 10 month average it usual takes movies to make their way to subscription services. So far they’ve made good on that promise with their first two movie releases, Chi-Raq and Creative Control, which made their way to Prime members in 3 months and 2 months.

Due to Amazon’s recent buying spree at Sundance, we can probably expect to see a new original movie come to Prime once a month. Love & Friendship premiered in theaters in May, The Neon Demon debuted in June, and Woody Allen’s Café Society just premiered last week. All three should make their way to Prime Video later this year.

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Amazon and Warner Bros. sign deal that brings 33 movies exclusively to Prime Video

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Amazon has just signed a deal with Warner Bros. which makes Prime Video the exclusive home for 33 of the studio’s movies, according to a report by Variety. Some movies included in the deal are already on Prime Video, like Mystic River, Ocean’s Eleven, The American President, and The Wedding Singer. This agreement makes those movies exclusives. Other movies like The Matrix trilogy, Lethal Weapon, and Full Metal Jacket will be arriving on Prime Video in the coming months. Read on to see the full list of movies included in this deal with Warner Bros. Read more ›

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What’s New on Amazon Prime Instant Video in July

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Here’s a list of the movies and shows coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video in July. See previous months here. Read more ›

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Amazon signs deal to be exclusive ‘premium’ streaming home for PBS KIDS shows

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Amazon and PBS have announced that Amazon Prime Video is now the exclusive “premium subscription streaming” home for PBS KIDS shows. The explicit use of the words “premium subscription streaming” is important because it means PBS KIDS shows will still be available on PBS channels, as well as through PBS KIDS apps. The exclusivity only applies to other “premium” streaming services, meaning you’ll no longer find PBS KIDS shows on services like Netflix and Hulu.

Many of PBS’s child programming was already available through Prime Video, but this new multi-year agreement is going to bring even more shows to the service. Shows like Nature Cat are now available on Prime Video for the first time, with some shows, like Ready Jet Go!, schedualed to arrive in the near future.

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Amazon Video expands HDR content to support Dolby Vision

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Amazon and Dolby have announced that Amazon Video will now support the high dynamic range (HDR) format Dolby Vision. When Amazon became the first streaming service to offer HDR, it adopted the HDR10 standard. Amazon’s HDR support is now expanding to cover both popular formats. Amazon’s original series Bosch, as well as several movies from Sony Picture including Men in Black 3, Salt, Elysium, Fury, and The Smurfs 2 will be the first titles available in the new HDR format. The only TVs to support Amazon Video’s new HDR format are LG’s Super UHD and OLED sets, as well as Vizio’s Reference Series, M-Series, and P-Series TVs.

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Amazon’s latest batch of pilot shows are now available to watch for free

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Amazon’s new set of pilot episodes have gone live and are available to watch for free. This latest pilot season includes two one-hour pilots and six kids pilots. You don’t have to be a Prime member to watch these pilots. The Last Tycoon is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last work staring Kelsey Grammer and Matt Bomer. The Interestings follows a group of artistic teenagers who meet at summer camp in 1974 and stars Lauren Ambrose, David Krumholtz, Katie Balen, and Matt Barr. Both shows are already receiving great reviews. Those of you curious about the results of Amazon’s last pilot season, the shows that were greenlit are Good Girls Revolt, Highston, One Mississippi, Patriot, and Z: The Beginning of Everything.

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Amazon original docu-series ‘All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals’ to premiere on July 1

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NFL Films and Amazon have teamed up to create All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals, a documentary-series that gives viewers an unprecedented look inside an NFL fracnhise’s complete season. Each season focuses on a different team, with the first season following the Arizona Cardinals’ 2015 season from draft day through the NFC Championship game. All eight episodes of the first season will be available to Prime members on July 1 in the US. All or Nothing will also be the first Amazon series to be made available in Spanish. Oddly, Amazon says the show will be available “from July 1 to August 31.” It’s unclear if the series will no longer be available after August 31, or if Amazon just loses its exclusivity on that date, so mark your calendars if you’re interested in watching this series so you don’t miss it.

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What’s New on Amazon Prime Instant Video in June

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Here’s a list of the movies and shows coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video in June. See previous months here. Read more ›

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Amazon tests UltraViolet-like service that offers free digital copies with Blu-ray and DVD purchases

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Amazon is testing a new service that automatically gives customers a free digital version of Blu-rays and DVDs they purchase from Amazon. Two members of a German Blu-ray forum have reported receieving an email from Amazon informing them of the test program after purchasing Blu-rays and DVDs. Digital versions of the titles they purchased were added to their Amazon Video library and were available to stream immediately. The email from Amazon makes it clear that the service is only being tested and that access to the free digital copies may be revoked in the future. Read more ›

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