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Amazon renews Alpha House in original show splurge

Amazon renews Alpha House in original show splurge

Amazon has renewed Alpha House and given the green-light to four new prime-time shows and a pair of children's shows for Amazon Original Series, the online retailer has confirmed today. The Garry Trudeau comedy - which stars John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and Matt Malloy - was Amazon's most popular TV show in its first season, and production of season two will begin over Summer 2014.

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Amazon Instant Video may gain free tier (with ads) next week

Amazon Instant Video may gain free tier (with ads) next week

In addition to a new set-top box piece of hardware for living rooms, Amazon has been tipped to be launching a free video streaming service. This service would be running alongside its already-running Amazon Instant Video brand, likely offering up different content on the whole. With Amazon Instant Video hosting both TV shows and top-tier movies, it’s difficult to guess what a new free service would contain.

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Killer Instinct rebooted from the inside out

Killer Instinct rebooted from the inside out

There’s a new character coming to Killer Instinct for Xbox One in April - right on schedule - but there’s a big change going on behind the scenes as well. What you might not know from a player’s perspective is that the developer behind Killer Instinct’s current iteration is changing teams. Having been purchased in their entirety by Amazon last month, Double Helix Games is being replaced on the Killer Instinct Title as well.

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Amazon set-top box event set for April 2nd

Amazon set-top box event set for April 2nd

This week Amazon has sent out invites to an event that’ll be held in New York City next week. This event will take place on the 2nd of April and will center on what Amazon describes as an "an update for our video business." While it’s possible that Amazon might be speaking about their streaming video content delivery services, it’s also likely they’re speaking about their long-awaited television set-top box.

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UK bill to charge 20% VAT for digital purchases

UK bill to charge 20% VAT for digital purchases

Online retailers and digital content providers might soon be facing some rather heavy taxes if Goerge Osborne gets his way. Under a new law that will cover intra-EU business to consumer (B2C) taxation, such services will be taxed based on buyer's location, which in the UK means a 20 percent VAT.

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Amazon smartphone details tipped by analyst: 6 cameras onboard

Amazon smartphone details tipped by analyst: 6 cameras onboard

Notoriously accurate pre-release analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has spoken up this week on the future of Amazon. This comes after dishing on Apple for several years, more often than not showing when products would be launching well before they were made official. This week Kuo suggests that the Amazon phone will launch in a timeframe between 3 and 6 months into the future.

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Amazon TV set top box may use NVIDIA GRID to initiate cloud gaming

Amazon TV set top box may use NVIDIA GRID to initiate cloud gaming

When the folks at Lab126 (Amazon’s "inventive research and development company") started work on a set-top box, it’s said this week, it wasn’t the same dongle we’re being tipped on this week. What’s being tipped this week via TechCrunch is a stick that’s essentially the same size as Chromecast, shipping with support for a massive amount of media - and not just TV shows and movies. Instead it could be time to bring cloud gaming to the forefront as OnLive has, bringing full-fledged PC gaming to the television using Amazon’s servers remotely.

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