It was reported last week that Amazon had bought the rights to Woody Allen's latest movie. The movie will be made available to Amazon's Prime subcribers. A membership that ties customers to Amazon and their services, one of them being a video streaming service in competition with Netflix, called Prime Video.
Last year they also bought the rights to the Top Gear host's new show, after BBC kicked out the main host Jeremy Clarkson. A show that now will be exclusive to Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon reportedly payed £160 million for the new car show by the old Top Gear hosts. A price tag that was critised for being way to large.
Crazy or Not?
Hollywood reporter now cites sources that put the price of Woody Allen's latest at $15 million. A price that Amazon apparently payed up front. The deal has "sent shock waves through the indie film world" according to the newspaper.
- It's not crazy after the $10 million they paid for Manchester by the Sea, said one distributor to Hollywood reporter.
Crazy or not, it is clear that Amazon is on a spending spree for new and exclusive content for their streaming service. The e-commerce giant really wants to take on Netflix and become one of the big streaming providers.
We guess that apart from luring customers into Amazon Prime that also provides free shipping, it is also good to control the place where people consume their entertainment.