Amazon is rumoured to be looking to beef up its subscription offering with Amazon Channels, a suite of aggregated third-party channels and streaming services.
But it will face challenges in Australia.
In the US Amazon Channels, which is priced in addition to Amazon Prime Video subscription, HBO, Showtime, CBS All Access, Major League Baseball, NBA League Pass, Comedy Central and STARZ.
Available through online only, they allow customers to pick and choose the content that suits them. The HBO channel is $US14.99 per month and Showtime is $US8.99 per month.
Bu HBO already has an exclusive deal with Foxtel and Showtime with Stan in Australia.
The Australian Financial Review reports the problem for other content providers such as NBCU, BBC and Discovery is their contracts with Foxtel likely have a ‘most favoured nation’ clause, meaning if they offered better terms to Amazon, they would need to offer Foxtel the same terms.
The newspaper suggests Amazon Channels is hoping to launch in Australia in 2020.