Amazon Moves Ahead With 5 Original Series

New shows will help company compete with Netflix, Hulu

Amazon will move ahead with five original TV series picked from the 14 pilots it released in April.

Based on user feedback for the pilots, the company will begin production on comedies Alpha House and Betas, along with kids' shows Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumbleaf, according to Reuters.

These mark the first shows ever produced by Amazon Studios as the Internet retail behemoth brings original content to its Instant streaming service in order to compete with Netflix and Hulu.

The panned TV version of Zombieland has not been picked up; nor has Onion News Empire with Jeffrey Tambor; or the Jim Henson Co.-created Teeny Tiny Dogs.

As original content becomes a big differentiator in the video streaming market, the question remains whether any of Amazon's scripted series can become a bona fide hit like Netflix's House of Cards. The Verge reported that even some of the green-lit shows received largely negative feedback.

Amazon Studios launched in 2010 and currently has 24 movies in production.