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Amazon Makes Its 2nd-Largest Acquisition

It will buy MGM Studios for $8.45B in deal announced Wednesday

(Newser) - Amazon has made "its boldest move yet into the entertainment industry" with its planned acquisition of movie and TV giant MGM Studios, per CNBC . The company announced Wednesday that it would buy the studio for $8.45 billion, thereby adding MGM's 4,000 films —including the James ...

What Critics Are Saying About The Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad
Is Being Uniformly Hailed
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The Underground Railroad Is Being Uniformly Hailed

Berry Jenkins adapts Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for Amazon Prime

(Newser) - An enslaved girl flees a Georgia cotton plantation and its brutal owner, only to be pursued by a bounty hunter spurred by his failure to catch her mother years earlier in The Underground Railroad , a 10-hour limited series debuting Friday on Amazon Prime Video. Just how good is Moonlight director...

New TV Deals to Bring NFL $113B, Increase in Streaming

League says it wants games on more platforms

(Newser) - The NFL will nearly double its media revenue to more than $10 billion a season with new rights agreements announced Thursday, including a deal with Amazon Prime Video that gives the streaming service exclusive rights to Thursday night football beginning in 2022. The league took in $5.9 billion a...

Want to Cancel Amazon Prime? Prepare for an 'Ordeal'
Want to Cancel Amazon Prime?
Prepare for an 'Ordeal'
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Want to Cancel Amazon Prime? Prepare for an 'Ordeal'

Watchdog groups challenge cancellation policy

(Newser) - Consumer watchdogs in the US and Europe have filed complaints against Amazon, claiming the company makes it too difficult to cancel Prime membership. A report from the Norwegian Consumer Council finds a "deliberate attempt to confuse and frustrate customers" looking to cancel the streaming service that also comes with...

Holocaust Survivor's Estate Sues Over Borat 2

Judith Dim Evans was 'horrified' by her inclusion in mockumentary, says her estate

(Newser) - Borat is back—and here come the lawsuits. The estate of a recently deceased Holocaust survivor is suing the creators of the Borat sequel to have her interview pulled from the flick before its release on Amazon Prime next Friday. Judith Dim Evans spoke with actor-comedian Sasha Baron Cohen about...

Delayed by Coronavirus, Amazon's Prime Day Is Coming
Prime Day Gets a New Date

Prime Day Gets a New Date

It's happening October 13-14

(Newser) - Amazon is aiming to kickstart the holiday shopping season early this year. The company is holding its annual Prime Day over two days in October this year, after the pandemic forced it to postpone the sales event from July, the AP reports. It's the first time Prime Day is...

Coming This Month: Walmart's Answer to Amazon Prime

Walmart+ will cost $98 per year

(Newser) - Walmart is launching a new membership service for shoppers this month that it hopes can compete with Amazon Prime, the AP reports. Called Walmart+, it will cost $98 a year, or $12.95 a month, and give members same-day delivery on 160,000 items, a fuel discount at certain gas...

New Walmart Service May Poke the Amazon Prime Bear

Walmart confirms it's working on Walmart Plus to compete with Amazon's membership program

(Newser) - Walmart used to be the big cheese on the retail landscape. Then along came Amazon, and with it, its Amazon Prime membership program, giving the latter company dominance in the online sales arena. Now Walmart is making a move to put a dent in that dominance: Sources tell Recode the...

Auschwitz Memorial Calls New Amazon Show 'Dangerous Foolishness'

'Hunters' invented game of 'human chess'

(Newser) - A new Amazon Prime series about Nazi hunters includes some "dangerous foolishness," according to the Auschwitz Memorial. The memorial has strongly criticized a scene in which inmates are forced to kill each other in a game of "human chess," NBC reports. The memorial, a charity devoted...

Fastest-Growing Brands Cater to Homebodies

Using DoorDash, White Claw, Venmo, and Amazon Prime means you never have to leave

(Newser) - Gen Xers had Zima ; millennials have White Claw —and the latter beverage is popular enough that it clinched the No. 2 spot on Morning Consult's list of the fastest-growing brands of 2019. The market research firm looked at "growth in the share of consumers who say they...

Amazon Prime Day: Mistakes and Deals

This year, it's a 2-day online run

(Newser) - It's Amazon Prime Day, which this year is actually two days —the deals are spread out over Monday and Tuesday. Already, various sites are taking note of bargains, and CNBC has more general advice on mistakes to avoid. For example, the deals are available only to members of...

Amazon Prime Day Is Coming. Except Now It's Prime Days

Sale starting July 15 will stretch for 48 hours

(Newser) - CNET wonders if Amazon Prime Day may eventually morph into Amazon Prime Month, and it's a reasonable assumption to make considering the company's latest announcement. While last year the annual shopping event ran for a longer-than-usual 36 hours, this year's version is surpassing that, with a...

Christian Group's Netflix Petition Gets the Job Done

Netflix is on board; Amazon not so much

(Newser) - Mission accomplished for Return to Order —kind of. "We promise not to make any more," an official Netflix account tweeted Thursday in response to the Christian group's petition demanding the company cancel Good Omens. Thing is, the show is made by Amazon Prime. Amazon also got...

20K Christians Demand Netflix Cancel Amazon Show

Return to Order claims 'Good Omens' normalizes Satanism

(Newser) - Good Omens is getting good reviews , with the Radio Times calling the six-part miniseries "a devilishly funny love letter" to the 1990 fantasy novel from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, on which it's based. But some 20,000 Christians aren't impressed, having signed a petition demanding Netflix...

Amazon to Its Workers: Quit and We'll Give You $10K

That money would be to start a business delivering packages for Amazon

(Newser) - Amazon is racing to deliver packages faster, and it's is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we'll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages. The offer, announced Monday, comes as Amazon seeks to speed up its shipping time from two days to...

Amazon 'Evolving' From Free 2-Day Shipping

Prime members will soon get packages within 24 hours, for free

(Newser) - If waiting two whole days for your Amazon order is agony, good news: A major expansion of free 1-day shipping for Amazon Prime members is in the works. Amazon is investing $800 million to make that its new standard for Prime members, and it will be available "in the...

Amazon Prime Jetliner Just Disintegrated

Authorities are beginning to work through the wreckage of Atlas Air flight 3591

(Newser) - The Boeing 767 cargo plane fell 11,750 feet in roughly 30 seconds—and when it struck Trinity Bay in Texas, all three people on board were killed. Media reports are revealing that and more about a jet airliner that apparently nose-dived Saturday and left a heartbreaking trail of debris...

Democrats Demand Equal Time After Trump Address

All major networks set to carry immigration talk

(Newser) - Major networks are not planning to avoid running President Trump's prime-time address Tuesday on what he calls a border "crisis" the way they did with a 2014 address by former President Obama on immigration deemed "overly political." ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and Fox...

Amazon Offers a New Perk on Shipping

All customers can get it free for a while, with no minimum purchase

(Newser) - Amazon made another aggressive move against rivals Monday in the quest for online shoppers. The company is temporarily offering free shipping to all customers—Prime or no—on all purchases, reports USA Today . It's the first time Amazon has made such an offer without a minimum order requirement. In...

Prime Day Is Full of Secrecy. Here's What Has Been Revealed

A guide to the 4th annual extravaganza

(Newser) - Amazon's "epic day (and a half)" is here: The 4th Prime Day began at 3pm ET Monday and will run 36 hours, up from last year's 30. Or, for some would-be customers, a portion of 36 hours: Some shoppers ran into issues accessing the site right after...

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