Amazon is considering enhancing the experience of Prime Video service users by adding 24/7 live programming, said a report from tech news site Protocol. File picture: IANS
Amazon is considering enhancing the experience of Prime Video service users by adding 24/7 live programming, said a report from tech news site Protocol. File picture: IANS

Amazon to add live TV to Prime Video - report

By IANS Time of article published Jun 24, 2020

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Amazon is considering enhancing the experience of Prime Video service users by adding 24/7 live programming, said a report from tech news site Protocol.

Some publicly available job listings also point to the same intention of the e-commerce giant.

The new channels in Prime Video could air live news, music, sports, award shows and special events besides movies and TV shows.

Amazon is "actively pursuing" deals to license live and linear programming, said the report, citing an unnamed industry insider.

"Linear TV enables customers to watch 24/7 streams of their favourite TV stations airing programmes including sports, news, movies, award shows, special events and TV shows," said one of the job listings which is seeking application for a Principal Product Manager, Technical for Prime Video Linear TV.

"We are seeking an experienced Product Manager for the Prime Video Linear TV team to redefine how customers watch 24/7 linear broadcast TV content," according to the listing by Amazon.

While there is not yet any official confirmation regarding the addition of live programming to Prime Video, the feature could help Amazon stand out from services like Netflix and Disney+ that are focused mainly on on-demand video offerings.

Amazon has also recently announced a $2 billion venture capital fund to invest in companies whose products and services will facilitate the transition to a zero carbon economy.

The announcement is part of the Climate Pledge -- a commitment to reach the Paris Agreement ten years early and be net zero carbon by 2040 – which was co-founded by Amazon and non-profit Global Optimism last year.

Verizon, Reckitt Benckiser (RB), and Infosys recently joined the pledge.

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