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Amazon eyes Netflix with launch of 14 original TV shows

Hopes it has the next House of Cards
Fri Apr 19 2013, 16:08
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ONLINE RETAIL GIANT Amazon announced the arrival of 14 homegrown TV shows today as it looks to take on Netflix with original programming.

Amazon has done things slightly differently than its new rival Netflix. The firm has unleashed 14 pilot episodes on its website that can be streamed in the US for free and in the UK via Lovefilm. Users can give their feedback on the shows, and the most popular shows will be made into a full series.

From what we can see, Amazon seems to have a pilot show to suit all tastes. There's a selection of kids shows including the brilliant sounding Teeny Tiny Dogs and Annebots, which apparently follows a pint-sized scientist around the world.

Technology fans might enthuse over the pilot of Betas, which follows the story of four friends who think they've cracked the code for Silicon Valley success, while we here at The INQUIRER like the idea of Onion News Empire, a show about Onion News Network journalists who will do anything to stay on top.

Other pilot shows available to watch include Zombieland, Dark Minions and Alpha House, for those looking for something similar to Netflix's popular House of Cards series.

Amazon's scheme is great for budding TV critics, as once you have watched a pilot you can leave feedback on the Amazon website. We just hope the scheme doesn't get overrun by trolls.

Amazon hasn't said when we can expect some of these pilots to be turned into full series, or whether customers will have to pay to view them. µ

 

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