So, the long-awaited Amazon tablet is finally expected to be announced later this week at a scheduled Amazon press event, and by law I am obligated to use the phrase “iPad killer” at least once in this post.
Indeed, the anticipated device is expected to be a bit of a game changer, shaming its older sibling, the Kindle, with enhanced capabilities and entering the market at a Mac-taxless $250. (Or so we have read.) The announcement is not yet confirmed to specifically be about the Amazon tablet, but more news today seems to strongly hint that the device is what’s on the docket.
Fox TV and Amazon have just inked a big content deal, to stream shows like Arrested Development and 24 to Amazon customers as well as films and TV classics like The Wonder Years to subscribers of the site’s premium service, Amazon Prime. The deal brings Amazon’s number of titles to 11,000 (and is another blow to Netflix in what has been a pretty unpleasant few weeks.)
In a statement, Amazon head Jeff Bezos said:
“I have big news for Amazon Prime members – we’ve just signed a deal with FOX to add a broad selection of movies and TV shows to our unlimited instant streaming service later this fall. The new additions from the FOX library include 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and – available on digital video for the first time – The Wonder Years. 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.
“Since launching earlier this year, we have now doubled the number of titles available in Prime instant videos, and there’s still more to come. Prime membership remains $79 a year, and of course features our unlimited free two-day shipping on millions of products. Prime is one of the best values anywhere.”