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Amazon Prime Video Free-Streaming Award-Winning Original Series

23 Dec, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Amazon Prime Video is offering domestic viewers free streaming access to the first season of select original series through Dec. 31.

Series include Emmy-nominated “Bosch,” Emmy-winning “The Man in the High Castle” (Prime’s most-watched series after “The Grand Tour”) and Golden Globe-winning “Mozart in the Jungle.”

Based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 tale of alternative history (Germany, Italy and Japan won World War II), “High Castle” — currently in its second season and starring Rufus Sewell, Alexa Davalos and Luke Kleintank, among others — is one of Amazon’s most watched original series.

Going into its third season in 2017, and greenlit for a season four, “Bosch” is based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels, and stars Titus Welliver as Detective Harry Bosch.

“Mozart in the Jungle” — currently in its third season — is based on the critically acclaimed memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs & Classical Music by Blair Tindall. The series focuses on the New York Symphony, where artistic dedication and creativity collide with mind games, politicking and survival instincts.

The series stars Gael Garcia Bernal, who was awarded the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series.

Michael Pachter, media analyst with Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles, says the free streaming underscores Amazon’s mushrooming Prime Video business and direct competition with Netflix.

The analyst estimates Amazon is spent $3.5 billion on original content in 2016, including $1 billion on international original content. Pachter says Amazon’s spending on originals will continue to push content costs higher, negatively impacting Netflix. That spending is projected to increase $500 million per year domestically, plus an additional $1 billion on international original content.

“While we do not expect existing international Netflix customers to defect [to Prime Video], we do think that future subscribers are up for grabs … [with as] many as 20% – 40% of future SVOD consumers choosing Prime Video over Netflix given the more compelling price point,” Pachter wrote in a Dec. 27 note.

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