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Amazon flat-out denies that it’s building a killer pay TV service

Amazon Pay TV Service Denial

Amazon rarely gives the media the time of day when news sites come knocking and asking for a comment, but a recent report suggesting Amazon is hard at work building a cable-killing pay TV service must have scared all the right people. The company’s public relations broke its silence on Tuesday evening when it flat-out denied The Wall Street Journal’s earlier report that the company is currently holding licensing talks with several major broadcasters related to an upcoming pay TV service that would rival traditional cable.

“We continue to build selection for Prime Instant Video and create original shows at Amazon Studios, but we are not planning to license television channels or offer a pay-TV service,” Amazon’s VP of public relations, Drew Herdener, said in a statement emailed to BGR sister site Variety.

Statements from PR teams are typically a bit foggy by design, but this one really doesn’t leave any room for interpretation — Amazon is not planning to launch a pay TV service.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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