Amazon’s Academy Award winning film Manchester by the Sea goes on Prime on Friday, May 5

Amazon’s Academy Award winning film Manchester by the Sea goes on Prime on Friday, May 5

 

Amazon Original Movie and Academy Award Winning Film, Manchester by the Sea, available on Prime Video starting Friday, May 5

SEATTLE, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon’s Academy Award winning film, Manchester by the Sea, arrives on Prime for members to stream on Friday, May 5. To celebrate the film Amazon will give every home in the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA one year of Amazon Prime and a 3-pack of Wickedly Prime Popcorn.

“Oscar winning Manchester by the Sea is coming to Prime Video on May 5, and we wanted customers in the town to enjoy popcorn and a movie on us,” said Greg Hart, Vice President of Amazon Video, worldwide. “Manchester by the Sea is a masterpiece representing the best of cinematic storytelling. In other words, it is wicked awesome.”

Start Watching Manchester by the Sea on May 5
Manchester by the Sea will be available for Prime members to stream starting May 5. Customers can view the film using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, mobile devices or online at Amazon.com/originals at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members will also be able to download the film to mobile devices for offline viewing. Manchester by the Sea joins Amazon Prime Video’s line-up of award-winning and critically acclaimed Original Series and Movies.

Prime for all Homes in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
Amazon is sending a gift box to every home in Manchester-by-the Sea this week. Customers will receive a code to claim their one-year Prime membership and 3-pack of Wickedly Prime Popcorn. On Friday, May 5, they can start streaming their namesake movie Manchester by the Sea.

Academy Award Winning Movies
Earlier this year, Amazon Studios, the original film and TV production arm of Amazon Prime Video, received seven Oscar nominations and took home three Oscars, making Amazon Prime Video the first streaming service to win Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. Manchester by the Sea took home two Oscars – Casey Affleck won his first Oscar for Best Actor, and Kenneth Lonergan won his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The Salesman, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, won Best Foreign Language Film. In addition to these Amazon Original Movies, Moonlight, the Academy Award winning film for Best Picture starring Mahershala Ali and directed by Barry Jenkins, will be added to the Prime Video line-up on May 21.

More to Prime
Tens of millions of Prime members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime. In the U.S. that includes unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, Twitch Prime; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First, and more. Prime was built on the foundation of unlimited fast, free shipping and today, members receive unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 50 million items, Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 5,000 cities and towns, and two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 major cities. Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

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Amazon Echo will be available in more than 3,000 stores across US in time for the holiday shopping season

  • In time for the holiday shopping season, customers will be able to find Amazon Echo at their favorite stores, including The Home Depot,Staples, Sears, Brookstone, RadioShack, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son, and more
  • Echo is designed around your voice and it’s always ready, connected, and fast—just ask for music, information, news, weather, and more from across the room and get answers instantly

SEATTLE, 2015-11-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Amazon Echo, the best-selling device designed around your voice, will be available in more than 3,000 stores around the country in time for the holiday shopping season. Customers will be able to visit select locations of The Home Depot, Staples, Sears, Brookstone, RadioShack, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son, as well as several other retailers to experience and purchase Echo. For a full list of retailers visit www.amazon.com/help/devices/retail.

“Amazon Echo is a must-have gift this holiday season, and we’re excited to work with retailers across the country to make Echo available to their customers,” said Greg Hart, Vice President, Amazon Echo and Alexa Voice Services. “Using only your voice to play music, control your lights, and ask questions is magical, so it’s great that people will be able to visit local stores and try it for themselves.”

“Our customers continue to show interest in smart home products across the many categories we carry. One of our newest products, Amazon Echo, is a smart device that helps make connected home easy and fun,” said Jeff Epstein, Merchandising Vice President at TheHome Depot. “Echo, paired with smart lighting devices, is an excellent gift for this holiday season.”

“Staples.com launched Amazon Echo several months ago and the product has been well received by our customers,” said Eric Cayton, VP Technology at Staples. “We are excited to continue to work with Amazon to offer Echo in select Staples retail stores and on Staples.com during the holiday season.”

“We’re thrilled to have Amazon Echo in select Brookstone stores this holiday season,” said Brookstone CEO Tom Via. “Our goal is to give customers the opportunity to see and try out the best in new technology and gifts, and Echo is a great fit for them.”

Amazon Echo is hands-free and always ready, and with seven microphones and beam-forming technology, it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Alexa—the brain behind Echo—is built in the cloud, so it’s always getting smarter. Echo offers hands-free voice control for information from Wikipedia and the web, weather, timers and alarms, news, shopping/to-do lists, and much more. Additional capabilities include:

  • Music: Access Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and TuneIn using only your voice, from across the room. Simply ask Alexa for an artist, song, genre, playlist, or station, and once music is playing you can pause and skip tracks using voice commands. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like Spotify and iTunes from your phone or tablet.
  • Connected home: With integration of Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, WeMo, Insteon, and Wink products, use Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or heater while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger.
  • Local Search with Yelp: Use Echo to get info on local businesses and restaurants—straight from Yelp. Craving cashew chicken? Just ask: “Alexa, find me a nearby Chinese restaurant.” Or wondering when the pharmacy closes? Just ask: “Alexa, what are the hours for a nearby pharmacy?”
  • Audible: Listen to audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Simply say: “Alexa, read my book.” Echo also supports Whispersync for Voice, which allows you to seamlessly switch between reading and listening without losing your spot. Start reading on Kindle, and pick up on Echo right where you left off.
  • Google Calendars: Access Google calendars with Echo—just use your voice. Hear what’s on the calendar for the day or check if you’re free for dinner with friends.
  • If This Then That (IFTTT): Create IFTTT recipes to make your life simpler and more manageable. IFTTT is a service that connects your devices, apps, and websites with simple rules called “recipes.” With IFTTT recipes, you can use Echo to add shopping items to Evernote, automatically email your to-do list to your spouse, add your Echo to-do list to your iPhone, and more.
  • Re-order Prime-eligible products: If you’re low on kitchen supplies, want to restock on snacks, or need more rolls of duct tape for the garage, simply ask Echo to place an order for you. Echo uses your order history and can order the Prime-eligible item for you using your default payment and shipping settings. If Echo can’t find the requested item in your order history, it may suggest an item for your approval using Amazon’s Choice, which picks highly-rated, well-priced, Prime-eligible products.
  • Sports scores and schedules: Alexa will tell you the results of your favorite team’s last game, the current score of a game they are playing, and the time and date of the next game. To give it a try, simply say, “Alexa, what’s the score of the Seahawks game?” or “Alexa, when do the Seattle Sounders play next?” Alexa knows scores and schedules for the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, MLS, NCAAbasketball and football, and WNBA.
  • Traffic: Just save your work address and Alexa will tell you the quickest route and travel time to work each morning so you know exactly what to expect before leaving the house. You can also add a stop to your commute in case you need to drop off a child at school or stop by a coffee shop on your way to work—just add the stop to your settings, and Alexa will give you the route and travel time.
  • Customized news: You can now hear from more sources in your news Flash Briefing including Fox Sports Radio, The Economist,NPR Business, TMZ, and ESPN Radio via TuneIn.
  • New Skills: Other companies, developers, and hobbyists are creating new capabilities through the Alexa Skills Kit. Several have launched so far, with more coming every week. You can ask Alexa for recipes from Campbell’s Kitchen, local events from StubHub, check who’s polling strong on Twitter, and more.

Amazon Echo is currently available for $179.99 at Amazon.com, and will roll out to retail locations across the U.S. in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/echo.

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Amazon: Musaic and Rachio are the two new recipients of the Alexa Fund

  • Musaic, maker of a high-resolution wireless HiFi system, will work with the Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service to allow customers to control their Musaic devices using their voice
  • Rachio, creator of an intelligent sprinkler controller, will work with the Alexa Skills Kit to allow customers to control their watering system using their voice
  • The Alexa Fund will provide up to $100 million in investments dedicated to empowering developers, manufacturers, and start-ups of all sizes who have ideas for how voice technology can improve everyday life

SEATTLE, 2015-8-28— /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced two new recipients of the Alexa Fund, Musaic and Rachio. The Alexa Fund will provide up to $100 million in investments dedicated to supporting developers, manufacturers, and start-ups of all sizes who are passionate about creating new experiences designed around the human voice. Musaic and Rachio are the latest additions to the growing portfolio of Alexa Fund recipients, and join the seven previously funded companies announced in June. Learn more and apply for funding at developer.amazon.com/AlexaFund.

“We’re continuing to invest in new ideas for how voice technology can improve everyday life,” said Greg Hart, Vice President, Amazon Echo and Alexa Voice Services. “Musaic and Rachio are both innovative companies whose products can help customers create a truly connected home, and with Alexa people will be able to interact with the technology in a new way. We can’t wait to help bring these new products to customers.”

Musaic is a high-resolution wireless HiFi system that allows customers to listen to music in every room with exceptional sound quality, integrate smart lighting to create and control scenes and moods, and combine with home automation to create a connected smart home. Musaic is building skills for Alexa enabling Echo customers to control their Musaic system using only their voice. Musaic is also working to be one of the first companies to integrate with the Alexa Voice Service. Learn more about Musaic at www.musaic.com.

“Musaic is extremely excited to be involved with the Alexa Fund,” said Matthew Bramble, CEO, Musaic. “We make what we call ‘Smart HiFi’ because we believe there is a change coming where audio, video, lighting, comfort-control, and security will no longer be delivered in product silos. We feel that audio has an extremely strong place in this emerging ‘Internet of Things,’ as it is perhaps the most effective and compelling method of communication with the home owner. Natural language understanding is going to be part of the next great leap in home automation, and we’re looking forward to creating some really exciting smart home functionality with the Alexa Voice Service.”

Rachio is a Denver-based software and hardware company focused on improving the water efficiency of homes. Rachio makes an intelligent sprinkler controller that helps customers water smartly for better results and lower costs by monitoring weather conditions automatically, adapting to the specifics of a user’s yard, and providing control and dashboard options through a smartphone app. Rachio will use the Alexa Skills Kit to build new skills for Alexa, enabling customers to ask Alexa to provide schedule updates, list the most recent watering events, and initiate watering in a particular pre-set zone—all by voice. It will be easy for customers to simply say “Alexa, tell Rachio to skip watering today,” or “Alexa, tell Rachio the flower beds need a little bit more water.” Learn more about Rachio at rachio.com.

“Rachio is thrilled to be working with the Alexa Fund,” said Chris Klein, CEO, Rachio. “The possibilities on how to integrate with Amazon’s voice service are endless, and will immediately delight and excite our customers. I can’t wait to be able to teach Alexa skills around making outdoor watering more efficient.”

The Alexa Fund—named for Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that powers Amazon Echo—is open to anyone with an innovative idea for how voice technology can improve customers’ lives. Alexa Fund investment decisions are made based on the potential for unique or novel applications of voice technology that leverage the Alexa Skills Kit or the Alexa Voice Service.

The Alexa Fund is also supporting the following companies with investments: Orange Chef, Scout Alarm, Garageio, Toymail, Dragon Innovation, MARA, and Mojio. To learn more about how these companies are working with Alexa visit developer.amazon.com/AlexaFund.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Amazon Echo are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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