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Amazon developing pay-TV - report

Technology

San Francisco - Amazon.com is in the early stages of developing a pay-TV streaming service with live programming, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Amazon approached at least three media companies, according to people familiar with the matter, the Journal reported.

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Amazon has been working hard to bolster its image as a destination for quality entertainment, not just a place for online shopping. Picture: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

A representative for Amazon said, “We continue to build selection for Prime Instant Video and create original shows at Amazon Studios, but we are not planning to license television channels or offer a pay-TV service.”

Amazon now offers on-demand TV shows and movies free to customers who are members of Amazon's premium shipping service Prime.

The world's largest online retailer is joining the ranks of several other companies including Sony that are trying to own the living room with TV programming piped through the Internet. Intel tried as well, though it scrapped its ambitions and sold its project to Verizon earlier on Tuesday for an undisclosed sum. - Reuters

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