Amazon Studios might be better known for TV shows, but Amazon revealed firm plans today to enter the cinema realm by producing and acquiring “original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video,” the company said in a press release.
This is a big move from Amazon, as it seeks to narrow the theatrical release window to between four and eight weeks. It can often take up to a year for films to land on subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video, however they do typically land on DVD/Blu-ray within around four months.
Production for the aptly titled “Amazon Original Movies” program will kick off in 2015, and plans are afoot to create around a dozen original titles for release in cinemas each year.
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