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Competition to Offer Biggest Payout in TV History

YouTuber MrBeast working on Amazon Prime show with $5M prize

(Newser) - MrBeast is entering the world of reality competition. For the uninitiated, that would be Jimmy Donaldson, who just happens to be the biggest YouTube star , with 245 million subscribers. Donaldson has scored a deal with Amazon Prime to create the "Beast Games," a competition that will feature 1,...

Amazon Series Set in Hong Kong Can't Be Seen There

'Expats,' starring Nicole Kidman, includes brief scene from protest rally

(Newser) - Nicole Kidman's latest project is set in Hong Kong, but people who live there are blocked from seeing it, prompting speculation about censorship in a city where civil liberties are shrinking fast. The first two episodes of Expats, a six-episode drama about expatriate women, were released on Amazon Prime...

A Streaming Era Has Just Ended
Say Farewell to a Streaming Era

Say Farewell to a Streaming Era

Amazon Prime Video introduces ads

(Newser) - The age of the ad-free streaming service (for no additional subscription cost) is essentially over: As expected , on Monday ads were introduced to Amazon's Prime Video streaming service. Now the five biggest streaming services (which also include Netflix, Disney+, Max, and Paramount+) are all ad-supported at their lowest price...

Keeping Amazon Prime Video as You Know It Will Cost You

Streaming service will begin showing ads in movies, TV shows on Jan. 29, unless you pay up

(Newser) - We knew this day was coming , though we didn't know exactly when. Now, Amazon announces that its Prime Video service will start showing ads in its movies and TV shows beginning next month. The AP reports that the ad-infused content will kick off on Jan. 29, according to an...

Amazon Prime Caves, Will Run Ads on Films, Shows

Prime members who don't want such interruptions can fork over an extra $2.99 per month

(Newser) - Amazon Prime Video will include advertising during shows and movies starting early next year, joining other streaming services that have added different tiers of subscriptions. Members of Amazon Prime can pay $2.99 per month in the US to keep their service ad-free, the company said Friday, per the AP...

FTC: 'Manipulative' Amazon Tricked Millions Into Prime

Company 'knowingly complicated the cancellation process,' to boot, agency says

(Newser) - The FTC isn't letting up on Amazon , alleging in a new lawsuit that the world's largest online retailer knowingly tricked "millions of consumers" into signing up for its paid Prime service, then made them jump through hoops in order to cancel . The company "trapped people into...

Amazon Plans Ad Tier for Prime Video

Sources say discussions are in early stages

(Newser) - Netflix got one, Disney+ got one, and now it looks like it's Prime Video's turn. Amazon is reportedly planning an ad-supported tier of its streaming service. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal discussions are in the early stages and could still be set aside. But advertisers are definitely...

Amazon Is Doubling Down on Prime Day

There'll be another sale next month, the first time company has had 2 in one calendar year

(Newser) - If one Amazon Prime Day in 2022 wasn't enough for you, you're in luck: On the heels of its annual summer sale exclusively for Prime members, Amazon is hosting another one next month. The 48-hour preholiday event, called the "Prime Early Access Sale," will take place...

On This Prime Day, 'Pain Is Considerable' for Amazon

One of company's biggest annual events comes amid excess costs, sluggish online sales growth

(Newser) - Amazon is heading into its annual Prime Day on Tuesday much differently than how it entered the pandemic. The company has long used the two-day event—one of its biggest all year—to lure people to its $139 Prime membership. Amazon doesn't disclose total Prime Day sales, though growth...

Amazon Prime Rolls Out a Big 'Thank You' to Customers

Free Grubhub+ delivery on food orders over $12 for a year is just one of the new member perks

(Newser) - Amazon's 48-hour "Prime Day" doesn't kick off till Tuesday, but the company delivered a $120 gift in advance of the event to its Prime customers—and it's a tasty one. Starting Wednesday, members of the paid subscription service can receive a free year of Grubhub+, which...

Fresh Off Jump in Profit, Amazon Raises Prime Rates

Yearly rate will climb $20, to $139

(Newser) - On the day it announced that quarterly profit almost doubled, Amazon said the price of a Prime membership is going up. The annual charge in the US will be $139, up from $119, while the monthly fee will rise from $12.99 to $14.99, USA Today reports. It's...

Amazon Adds a $9.95 Fee, So Walmart Gives Members $9.95
Amazon Adds a $9.95 Fee, So
Walmart Gives Members $9.95
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Amazon Adds a $9.95 Fee, So Walmart Gives Members $9.95

Whole Foods deliveries will now cost Prime subscribers $9.95

(Newser) - Amazon Prime members used to be able to get Whole Foods orders delivered for free. Not anymore: Amazon this week started charging $9.95 for delivery, though Prime members still get discounts at the grocery store as well as free pickup for orders over $35. In response to the new...

'Hero' Amazon Driver Kills Huge Spider

Texas woman made an unusual delivery request for her order

(Newser) - How do you handle a visit from a spider? Do you call her Charlotte and leave out snacks, catch and release, or nuke it from orbit—it’s the only way to be sure? A Tik Toker in Texas would prefer the latter approach. Gwen Sanchez got a little creative...

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

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...

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