Amazon is further expanding its video streaming service with the addition of six new shows exclusively for its Prime members, it was announced Monday.
One of the new shows will be Bosch, based on best-selling crime writer Michael Connelly’s novels about Los Angeles based detective Harry Bosch.
Amazon started creating online television shows for Prime members last year with the debut of Silicon Valley and Betas.
Amazon’s Prime membership is a subscription service that also gives members shopping discounts. It costs $99 per year.
This past February Amazon showed ten new pilots in the U.S. and Britain to help decide which shows to produce. Based on viewers reactions and feedback the six show were chosen for production.
In addition to Bosch, Amazon will produce a sci-fi show called The After, from X-files creator Chris Carter in the drama category.
In the comedy department there’s Oscar nominee Roman Coppola’s Mozart In The Jungle and Jill Soloway’s Transparent, about an extremely dysfunctional family.
Rounding out the new shows is a children’s series called Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and a pre-school cartoon,Wishenpoof!
This is just another in a series of moves by the powerhouse company to become a serious presence in the world of video streaming.
As previously reported by News For Shoppers, Amazon is having a press conference this Wednesday, April 2.
The press event is being billed as “an update to our video service,” but there were no other details.
This leads many in the industry to believe Amazon will be unveiling a new streaming device, like the Chromecast dongle.
News For Shoppers will continue to follow this story and keep you updated, so check back with us.