Amazon's Fire phone, its first smartphone, has been on sale for less than a month, but a new study from research firm Chitika Insights indicates that Amazon's deal to sell the phone exclusively through AT&T Mobility is hampering its sales.
Although the use of metadata to help determine the kind of shows audiences want to watch has gotten a lot of attention over the past year or so–particularly with the success of Netflix's House of Cards, a show developed partly from data analysis–Amazon is trying to find the heart that drives the popularity of series as its original-content efforts evolve.
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Apple TV may be an early pioneer in the online video race, but the company's grip on the growing market has taken a hit as company sales have slowed. According to a new Strategy Analytics report, Apple TV's share of the worldwide OTT streaming device market has fallen 10 points since 2012, from claiming 38 percent of sales two years ago to 27 percent in 2014.
Even as Amazon announced the availability of more channels and apps on its new Fire TV, a sour note sounded for one streaming device maker. Apple TV sales are slowing, even as the market continues to grow, a new Strategy Analytics report says.
Subscription video on demand providers, led by Amazon and Netflix, make up nearly half of over-the-top revenues in North America and are driving a market that will likely top $10.7 billion this year alone, a new report by Strategy Analytics says.
IDC predicted quarterly smartphone shipments will break the 300 million unit mark for the first time in the third quarter of 2014, following strong growth in the April to June period.
Although the company rarely offers a look into how it allocates its resources among its various units, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak revealed on the retailer's earnings call that the company plans to spend $100 million in this quarter alone on original content for its Prime Instant Video service.
Sales of Amazon's Fire TV streaming device "significantly exceeded" the e-tail giant's sales forecast, the company said in its second-quarter earnings release. The news comes on a 23 percent jump in Amazon's net sales compared with the same quarter last year, from $15.7 billion to $19.34 billion. However, the company's operating and net losses remain a concern for investors.
Amazon unveiled its first smartphone last month with much fanfare, promising to shake up a market that it argued has grown stale by introducing new technologies and ways of interacting with mobile devices. Based on early reviews of the Fire phone though, Amazon has a long way to go in convincing consumers that it's worth it to switch from another smartphone platform.