Amazon Prime Video content to start including ads next year

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By Lora Jones

Business reporter, BBC News

Amazon is acceptable to present adverts to its Prime Video streaming work successful 2024 arsenic it seeks to enactment much currency into creating TV shows and films.

UK Prime customers, on with those successful the US, Germany and Canada, volition spot ads aboriginal adjacent twelvemonth unless they subscribe for an "ad-free" enactment astatine an further cost.

In a statement, Amazon said Prime Video inactive offered "very compelling value".

It follows akin moves by rivals including Disney+ and Netflix.

Amazon said that the ads would beryllium introduced crossed France, Italy, Spain, Mexico and Australia aboriginal successful 2024.

It volition rotation retired the "ad-free" subscription tier for an other $2.99 (£2.44) per period for Prime subscribers successful the United States.

Pricing for different countries volition beryllium announced astatine a aboriginal date, Amazon said.

At the moment, a Prime subscription, which includes escaped one-day transportation connected goods arsenic good arsenic entree to its streaming service, costs £8.99 per month, oregon £95 a year, successful the UK.

"To proceed investing successful compelling contented and support expanding that concern implicit a agelong play of time, starting successful 2024, Prime Video shows and movies volition see constricted advertisements successful the UK," Amazon said.

But successful the aftermath of akin announcements by different streaming companies, customers person expressed their disappointment.

Disney+ announced plans for an ad-supported work successful August, portion Netflix introduced its "basic with ads" streaming program past year.

It marked a monolithic alteration for Netflix, which pioneered the satellite of ad-free, subscription-based, streaming.

In its announcement connected Friday, Amazon said that it would purpose "to person meaningfully less ads than linear TV and different streaming TV providers".

The institution said it would get successful interaction with Prime members a fewer weeks earlier ads are introduced to amusement however to sign-up for the ad-free enactment if they privation to.

Live lawsuit broadcasts, similar sports matches, volition inactive see adverts adjacent for those who motion up to the ad-free option.

Data antecedently released by analysts Kantar showed that radical chopped backmost connected video streaming services successful their droves past twelvemonth arsenic they sought retired antithetic ways to woody with the spike successful the outgo of living.

It recovered that the fig of paid-for video streaming subscriptions successful the UK fell by 2 million, from 30.5 cardinal to 28.5 million.

Although request picked up astir Christmas, Kantar said, radical rapidly looked to chopped backmost again afterwards.

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