In the wake of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ recent mandate for Amazon to create “the next Game of Thrones,” the company has reportedly been engaging in talks to expand its content offerings around the globe.
According to NBC News, Amazon has been initiating talks with multiple small TV channels, particularly those that are not currently distributed via traditional pay-TV providers like DIRECTV and DISH. Should these talks lead to partnerships, it would allow channels with limited distribution access to a worldwide audience, all while providing Amazon Prime’s Instant Video service with a more robust selection of video content. Industry experts also speculate that such acquisitions would allow the online giant to deliver more niche programming options to its customers.
If true, these talks could be great news for cord-cutters, as Amazon acquisitions of smaller channels would give viewers access to more content without having to subscribe to a cable or satellite TV service. In some cases, it might even allow viewers the opportunity to enjoy content that isn’t available with pay-TV services.
Amazon has declined to comment on the speculation surrounding these negotiations, but it hinted that we can expect major news regarding Amazon’s online video service in the coming weeks. We’ll be sure to let you know when we hear more, so stay tuned.