Amazon, Fox team up for tablet launch

2011-09-26 22:41

Washington - Amazon is beefing up its movie and television catalogue ahead of the expected launch of a tablet computer on Wednesday.

The online retail giant announced on Monday it has reached a licencing agreement with News Corp's Fox to stream movies and TV shows from the Fox archive to Amazon Prime members.

Amazon Prime members pay $79 a year for free shipping and receive other benefits such as unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows.

Fox TV shows include 24, The X-Files, NYPD Blue and Buffy the Vampire Slayer while the Fox movie library includes The Longest Day, All About Eve, 9 to 5, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and others.

"We now have deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, and Warner Bros, and adding Fox will bring the total to more than 11 000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited instant streaming," Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said in a statement.

Amazon's partnership with Fox comes two days ahead of the expected release by the Seattle-based company of a tablet computer in a challenge to Apple's iPad.

Amazon is expected to tout the books, music, movies and TV shows available through its online store as a selling point for the device.

  • Herb - 2011-09-28 06:53

    I Have owned 2 kindles (2 versions had no issues) and I love it, IF Amazon does enter the tablet market I really hope they keep the pure E-Reader also, I read 4 or more books a month on my kindle and would not want to read on a LED or LCD display... should be interesting!

      GodDelusion - 2011-09-28 08:23

      I agree here. Nothing beats the kindle for long hours of reading. Hope they keep improving the e-ink technology.

      Maverick - 2011-09-28 08:51

      I, too, have 2 kindles. One for me, and one for my wife. Soon I will buy two more, one for each of my girls. The liquid ink/no backlight makes reading froma Kindle same as reading from paper. Stare at a screen with a backlight (like the tablets) for too long and your eyes starts to hurt. Nothing compares to a Kindle when it comes to straight reading. Plus, my lift-club broke my kindle screen by slamming the boot of the car to hard onto my bag. Called Amazon, told them what happened, and they replaced it for me, free of charge. I only had to return the broken kindle, and pay the import fees. Brilliant customer care as well!

      Herb - 2011-09-28 09:16

      @Maverick - yeah friend of mine had a similar issue he dropped his they replaced it free of charge...

      Fred Marais - 2011-09-28 10:08

      Must agree I love my Kindle and no eye strain. Always good to have competition in the market.

  • Herb - 2011-09-28 10:40

    Looks like its called the Kindle Fire or something like that lets hope it is a new product line and not a replacement for Kindle, I can't see Amazon ditching the kindle for new device that has no E-Ink...

  • loodpunt - 2011-09-28 14:13

    Hey guys, this will definitely be a venture into the tablet market for Amazon and not a replacement for the Kindle. That little niche product wonder (Kindle) will probably see improvements in the future, as is to be expected, but would stay dominant in the e-reader market. It's two different types of products, and two different prices. Besides, one can even still buy the Kindle 2 e-reader (the previous one), so I don't think there's any way that they'll stop making the Kindle 3 e-reader.

      Herb - 2011-09-29 11:32

      How right you where, the new e-ink ones look pretty neat not sure if id go for the touch screen though ?

      Maverick - 2011-09-29 19:37

      @Herb: I like the touch-screen idea. I am considering (finances permitted) to buy 2 touch-screen Kindles for me and my wife, and give our current Kindles to the girls... The touch screens have a bigger read area (no keyboard) without making the device any larger.

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