Amazon's move to shoot its new drama and comedy series pilots in 4K next year could provide some much needed momentum for the nascent video technology.
Amazon said it plans to produce pilot episodes for new original series in 4K TV format.
Time Warner Cable launched its TWC TV app on Amazon's Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HDX tablets and said Wednesday that it is now offering both live and video-on-demand content on Roku, Xbox 360 and Samsung connected TV devices.
Amazon is in a unique position to help shepherd 4K from its place today as a novelty and hoped-for savior of the TV-set manufacturers to a mainstream consumer product. Will its 4K strategy succeed?
Amazon Studios said it will shoot its new drama and comedy series pilots in 4K next year. The online retail giant has been expanding into original online video production through its Prime Instant Video service.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos deftly dodged questions by "60 Minutes" reporter Charlie Rose about his company's reported secret set-top box project that would allow customers to watch streaming video without a cable provider.
TV Everywhere may finally be starting to get somewhere. The pay-TV industry has tried for years to get its streaming video act together. The goal, expressed by executives from Time Warner and Comcast in 2009, is to let paying subscribers access the shows they get through their cable, satellite or telco TV subscription on Web-connected devices like iPads and smartphones.
Including more Internet companies in the GSMA membership would get the carriers out of an insular mindset that treats over-the-top players as enemies. On the flipside, social networking and media distribution companies would benefit from having a seat at the table with wireless carriers.
First it was Intel, now it's Amazon. According to multiple reports, the e-commerce giant's rumored plans to introduce an online video set-top box have been pushed back to next year.
Since the launch of Fire OS 3.0 (code-named Mojito) last month on its HDX and HD tablet devices, Amazon has begun working harder to court not only large app publishers, but also the indie developers who may consider it an app store afterthought.For more on Amazon's quest to lure developers, check out this FierceDeveloper special report.