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Over the past few months, executives at the e-commerce giant have told entertainment companies that it is going to be more selective about which video services it adds to what it calls Amazon Channels. The offering now includes around 200 services, from small paid video services like Acorn to big ones like HBO Now and Showtime. Amazon has increasingly focused its attentions on the biggest channels on the platform which generate the most subscription revenue, said two people familiar with its plans.
The shift signals that Amazon’s vision for its digital video service has narrowed. While its own Prime Video streaming service is a strong competitor to Netflix—offering original series like “Transparent” and “Bosch” as well as reruns from TV networks—the Channels offering made Amazon the destination for all kinds of streaming services.