Amazon ploy to expand audiences and yes go after both Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime and Starz at the same time
It’s not TV: It’s Amazon Prime?
Armed with a growing number of award-winning movies and TV shows, Amazon is weighing a charge into the premium TV and movie channel business, The Post has learned.
The Jeff Bezos-helmed e-commerce giant is in the early stages of discussions about developing a new paid channel carrying high-end dramas and movies of its own, two sources familiar with those discussions said.
The plan is to carve out a separate streaming home for first-run shows that it helped to fund, the sources said.
The plan, which is not guaranteed to come to pass, is being driven by Amazon’s recent success at the Golden Globes and the huge number of Oscar nods for its movies, sources added.
The $396 billion company, which recently made moves to become a global shipper, has its own Amazon Studios, run by Roy Price. It received six Academy Award nominations, including “Man-chester by the Sea” for Best Picture.
That nomination is a first for a streaming service. Amazon’s other contender is Iranian-made “The Salesman,” a foreign-language contender.
“Manchester” stars Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. It cost $10 million to acquire at the Sundance Film Festival.
Last year, Price lured Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” to Amazon with a collaborative deal. It landed on Amazon’s service soon after its theatrical debut.