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Topic # 192151 29-Feb-2016 09:36
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It looks like Amazon Instant Video *might* be coming down under... From "Amazon Video will use Top Gear stars to launch Prime service in Australia":

 

 

Amazon's streaming-video-on-demand (SVOD) service might finally see an official launch in Australia off the back of the forthcoming Amazon exclusive show featuring former Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

 

Industry analysts believe that the planned motoring show, which is expected to appear on Amazon Video before the middle of the year, would be the ideal platform for Amazon to make its own assault on the Australian market, according to a report in the AFR.

 

Clarkson, Hammond and May were signed by Amazon after Clarkson was dismissed from the long-running BBC motoring show after attacking a producer.

 

Amazon's original productions, including award-winning series such as Transparent and Mozart In The Jungle, have made it a strong competitor to Netflix around the world. However, it is yet to reveal official launch plans in Australia.

 

One big stumbling block for Amazon is that Amazon Prime membership, which costs $US99 a year, isn't solely about watching streaming video. It also includes free two-day delivery on all products ordered through Amazon. That would be expensive and tricky to execute in Australia, where delivery options are less diverse and Australia Post has cut back on the frequency of regular services. However, charging a similar sum in Australia -- likely, since most rival services cost around $10 a month -- might lead to a backlash since it would include "less" than the US equivalent.

 





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  Reply # 1501312 29-Feb-2016 10:46
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I suspect it will be like Netflix in this region.  Devoid of anything useful. 





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  Reply # 1501390 29-Feb-2016 11:51
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I suspect it will be like Netflix in this region.  Devoid of anything useful. 

 

 

 

 

I don't think so. Amazon have a BUNCH of original shows, those will NOT have the same geographical limitations of the CBS/FOX etc shows. Sure you might want to watch the shows on Fox and some of it might be limited, but Amazon has a LOT of pull and I can imagine them getting concessions that other companies either have no interest in trying to get, or have been unable to in the past. 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1501443 29-Feb-2016 12:53
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There are Amazon shows on Lightbox. I assume the same is true for Australian streaming services.

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