UPDATE: E-tailer giant Amazon is contradicting reports that it's set to launch an ad-supported streaming service using its original content (which recently entered a second crowdsourced "season" of new shows) and music videos, among other programming. “We have a video advertising business that currently offers programs like First Episode Free and ads associated with
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Appropriately, Garry Trudeau opened with a joke when he welcomed the audience of journalists, execs and stars who showed up to the premiere of his new Amazon show, Alpha House. "Thank you all so much for coming," he said. "A year ago if I'd been invited to an evening of Internet content, I'm pretty sure I'd have stayed home.
PBS and Amazon.com have signed a new multi-year deal for content including more NOVA, more Masterpiece and several Ken Burns documentaries (notably The Civil War).
After expanding into hardware creation with the Kindle, the Kindle Fire tablet and a rumored smart phone, Amazon is developing a proprietary TV set-top box.