Amazon's 'The Man in the High Castle' Most-Watched Prime Original Series21 Dec, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Amazon Prime members apparently like alternative history. The e-commerce giant Dec. 21 announced that freshman series “The Man in the High Castle” is the most-watched original series — topping previous leader “Bosch.” Both exclusive series have been renewed for second seasons beginning next year.
Amazon does not disclose actual Prime viewership or membership data.
Based on the 1962 novel by Philip Dick, “High Castle” supposes Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany emerged triumphant over the United States in World War II, which lasted until 1947, instead of 1945.
Set 16 years after the conclusion of the war, “High Castle” showcases American life under totalitarian rule and the various power struggles that ensue among the Axis powers and American resistance.
The 10-part series, which features Alexa Davalos, Rufus Sewell, Luke Kleintank and Rupert Evans, among others, streams to Prime members in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. It is also available in 4K Ultra HD via the Amazon Fire TV streaming media device and compatible Samsung, LG and Sony TVs.
“We hoped that once again bringing together the work of Philip K. Dick and the vision of Ridley Scott — who brought us the classic film Blade Runner — would help deliver on our promise of creating some of the best television in the world for Prime customers, and we believe that it has,” Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios, said in a statement.