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New front in Amazon kerfuffle: Warner movies
June 11th, 2014
02:30 AM ET

New front in Amazon kerfuffle: Warner movies

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

Hachette books aren't the only products that are now harder to order on Amazon - the online retailer is going after movies, too.

Amazon (AMZNTech30) has turned off the preorder function for DVDs of prominent Warner Bros. films as it seeks to raise pressure on the company during negotiations.

"The Lego Movie," for example, is listed as "currently unavailable" on Amazon. Set for release in the home video marketplace on June 17, there is no option to place a preorder.

Warner is owned by Time Warner (TWX), the parent company of CNNMoney.

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8 books Amazon is making it hard to buy
The autobiography by former Yankee great Mariano Rivera is subject to a delay of as long as 4 weeks via Amazon.
May 29th, 2014
02:10 PM ET

8 books Amazon is making it hard to buy

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Hundreds of books, some obscure titles and some bestsellers, are caught up in the deepening feud between Amazon and the book publisher Hachette.

The two companies are at odds over e-book pricing and other terms. Amazon has been pressuring Hachette to accept its terms - consequently, some Hachette books are listed as "out of stock" on Amazon while others are subject to long delays and disadvantageous pricing.

Amazon, for its part, says that its negotiations with suppliers like Hachette are pro-consumer: "Negotiating for acceptable terms is an essential business practice that is critical to keeping service and value high for customers in the medium and long term."

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Amazon-Hachette feud: No end in sight
May 28th, 2014
12:33 PM ET

Amazon-Hachette feud: No end in sight

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

Amazon says if customers are inconvenienced by its battle with the book publisher Hachette, they should buy Hachette's books elsewhere.

The unusual suggestion was made on Tuesday in an equally unusual statement titled "Hachette/Amazon Business Interruption." It was posted on an Amazon Kindle forum.

It was Amazon's first public comment about why popular books by authors like James Patterson and Malcolm Gladwell are being delayed and disadvantaged by Amazon, the world's biggest seller of books.

Amazon has reportedly been pressuring Hachette to let it lower prices for e-books and ultimately pay Hachette less for them. Hachette has resisted.

"Unfortunately, despite much work from both sides, we have been unable to reach mutually-acceptable agreement on terms," Amazon's statement said.

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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.

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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
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