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HBO shows coming to Amazon ... not Netflix
April 23rd, 2014
10:30 AM ET

HBO shows coming to Amazon ... not Netflix

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Non-HBO subscribers will soon be able to watch some of the network's old TV shows, like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire," on Amazon Prime's streaming video service.

Amazon (AMZNFortune 500) described the deal as a first for HBO, which has a reputation for being tightfisted with its library of hit shows - even ones that stopped airing years ago.

The HBO shows will be a significant addition to Amazon Prime as it attempts to sign up more monthly subscribers.

The deal draws a bright line between old and new. The seasons of "Girls," "The Newsroom" and "Veep" that are premiering this year won't be available through Amazon Prime for approximately three years. That means if viewers want to stay current, they have to subscribe to cable television and HBO (or borrow a friend's HBO GO password).

Read more of Brian's article on CNN.com here. 

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Amazon unveils streaming media device
April 2nd, 2014
11:40 AM ET

Amazon unveils streaming media device

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

Amazon wants to be the brain inside your big-screen TV.

On Wednesday the company introduced a box called Amazon fireTV that enables television sets to access Internet programming, including streaming shows from its Amazon Prime subscription service.

With the device, Amazon joins competitors like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Roku that want to power consumers' TV-watching, replacing (or - more likely - supplementing) the set top boxes from cable and satellite companies that sit in most living rooms.

The device may help advance Amazon's streaming TV ambitions. The company has started to introduce original shows, like "Alpha House" and "Betas," and has spent handsome sums of money to secure exclusive rights to other shows, like past seasons of Fox's "24." But its streaming service is a fraction of the size of Netflix.

Read more of Brian's article here


Filed under: Amazon • Apple • Blog • Netflix • Reliable Sources
Report: Amazon considering free streaming service
March 27th, 2014
08:20 PM ET

Report: Amazon considering free streaming service

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent 

Amazon might be taking a page from television broadcasters as it expands its streaming TV service and commissions more original shows.

Emphasis on the word "might."

The company is planning a free streaming service that could complement the $99-a-year Amazon Prime product that it already has, according to The Wall Street Journal.

A few hours after the report surfaced, though, Amazon seemed to dispute it, telling reporters that "we have no plans to offer a free streaming media service."

The back-and-forth stoked yet more curiosity about Amazon's multimedia plans.

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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December 29th, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Media year in review: Business

Rosie Gray, Christina Warren, Hunter Walker, David Folkenflik and Brian Stelter discuss the media business in 2013, including Jeff Bezos’s purchase of the Washington Post and the further decline of print media.

December 8th, 2013
12:37 PM ET

Blaming the media

Eric Deggans, Paul Farhi, Jane Hall and Brian Stelter discuss President Obama’s swipe at the media and a possible conflict of interest for CNN.


Filed under: Amazon • Andrew Cuomo • Barack Obama • Chris Cuomo • I Want Media • Jeff Bezos • Media • Media Criticism
September 8th, 2013
01:11 PM ET

A new era at The Washington Post

When Jeff Bezos bought the legendary Washington-based newspaper, many questioned how involved the Amazon tycoon would be in the paper’s daily dealings. Vice President-at-large Len Downie, who worked at the paper for 44 years, joins Sesno to give his two cents on the Post’s future.


Filed under: Amazon • Jeff Bezos • Media • Washington Post
August 11th, 2013
01:18 AM ET

Amazon CEO purchases WashPost

Jane Hall, Paul Farhi and Jenna Wortham join guest host Brian Stelter to discuss Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' purchase of the legendary Washington Post.


Filed under: Amazon • Jeff Bezos • Washington Post
August 11th, 2013
01:17 AM ET

Amazon-ing The Washington Post

Henry Blodget joins guest host Brian Stelter to weigh in on Jeff Bezos and his future plans for The Washington Post.


Filed under: Amazon • Washington Post
What we're reading this week...
August 8th, 2013
05:54 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Sara Fischer, CNN

We’ve got a busy show planned for Sunday with our ‘Reliable Sources’ guest host, Brian Stelter, television and digital media reporter for the new York Times and author of New York Times best seller, Top of the Morning. We’ll discuss the coverage and reaction following the new developments in the purchase by Jeffrey Bezos, CEO of Amazon, of the iconic Washington Post enterprise as well as the recent controversy stirring between the Republican Party and NBC and CNN over new Hillary Clinton entertainment programming, but until then; here are some other stories that caught our eye this week.

Richard Cohen's Huma Abedin Column Is Quite Something

The Huffington Post puts the spotlight on the bizarre way in which Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen’s writes about Huma Abedin's decision to defend her husband. The Post describes Cohen’s unconventional strategy to relate his personal life to that of Huma Abedin’s as awkward and uncomfortable. The Huffington Post article also notes that this is not the first piece of Cohen’s to spark controversy, recalling a piece he wrote in July about Trayvon Martin, which was condemned by many journalists as being slightly racist.

For Twitter, Free Speech Is a High-Wire Act

The Wall Street Journal’s Shira Ovide argues that Twitter’s continued success makes it difficult for the corporation to uphold the rights of free speech. Citing examples of anti-Semitic dialogue being propagated via Twitter, Odive argues that many of the billions of tweets sent worldwide clash with free speech standards globally, creating a growing dilemma for Twitter executives.

Will Amazon and Washington Post Work Together? Who Knows?!

Jeffrey Bezos’ recent purchase of the Washington Post for $250 million dollars, begs the obvious revenue question: Will Bezos’ online retail empire, Amazon, join forces with his recent media purchase? AdWeek’s David Taintor reached out to a few analysts to learn more about the recent purchase and what it means for the digital future of the Washington Post. While some analysts argue that it is too early to say if Amazon’s digital strategy will be integrated into The Washington Post’s, others argue that in the future Bezos will likely ask the Post team to focus on and experiment with the digital side of the business.

May 5th, 2013
02:12 PM ET

Garry Trudeau’s online adventure

Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau tells Howard Kurtz about his latest project, an online pilot show made as part of a contest on Amazon.


Filed under: Alpha House • Amazon • Doonesbury • Garry Trudeau
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