Since the June announcement at WWDC that Amazon Video would make its long-awaited and much-demanded debut on Apple TV by the end of this year, we have gotten radio silence on the subject. Rumors of an Oct. 26 release date proved to be false, as that date came and went with no new information about the release of the app. The Apple TV 4K hardware also recently launched without any sign of Amazon's streaming service. According to Deadline, Amazon spent $250 million to make an upcoming Lord of the Rings television series that will last multiple seasons. You will be able to watch it with an Amazon Prime subscription, just like the company's other original shows and movies.
Amazon has revealed that season two of Fortitude, Sky's well-received Arctic thriller, will be one of its original series. It'll be available on BBC Two in the UK, but you'll need to head to Prime Video to watch in the US. The story revolves around its namesake community, where parasites and pathogens run rampant -- suffice it to say that a sheriff's disappearance and a dead body are just the start of the town's troubles. Dennis Quaid and Game of Thrones' Richard Dormer are the most recognizable stars. Amazon hasn't offered a launch date, but does say Fortitude's new season will be available later in 2017.
Amazon has released details on all of the 150 or so TV shows and films it's going to be adding to its Amazon Video platform in May 2018. And it's one of the most diverse lists we've seen yet, taking in everything from such child-friendly fare as Peter Rabbit and the Amazon Original series of Rocky And Bullwinkle to the guileless smut fests of Fifty Shades Freed and recent Golden Raspberry winner, Baywatch. There's some pretty interesting stuff tucked away between these'extremes', too. For starters, as a massive fan of Peter Weir's film of Picnic At Hanging Rock, I'm looking forward to seeing what Amazon makes of the same Australian novel source material when it launches its six-part Original series on May 25. Though I strongly recommend that you watch the film first if you haven't seen it before - and it's a pity this series doesn't seem to have been made in 4K or HDR.
You'll probably have to get used to the idea of Twitch streaming a bunch of Amazon Prime Video shows. Starting at 4PM Eastern on April 5th, three of Prime Video's spring pilots will air on repeat for 24 hours on the Twitch Presents page, which just finished showing 23 seasons of Power Rangers. The first episodes of sci-fi drama Oasis, dramedy The Legend of Master Legend and comedy Budding Prospects will air back to back the whole day. It sounds like a great way to catch any of them if you can't be bothered to head over to Prime Video's website. The media and retail company first aired pilots on Twitch late last year.
In a bid to counter Netflix's aggressive overseas expansion, Amazon has ordered a raft of international content for its Prime Video subscription service. Of the 20 shows on its 2019 slate, 17 are new originals, according to Variety. They include a British adaptation of author Naomi Alderman's feminist sci-fi novel The Power to be co-produced and directed by Reed Morano -- who helmed Hulu's Emmy-winning The Handmaid's Tale and recently inked an overall deal with Amazon. Meanwhile Chile's Pablo Larraín, the Oscar-winning director of Jackie and A Fantastic Woman, will produce a Mexican true crime series based on the events behind the 2015 "FIFA Gate" corruption scandal. And Prime Video is also getting some lighter fare courtesy of a Japanese version of reality show The Bachelorette.