When asked to elaborate as to whether that means a full Prime video launch is coming, Yalkin dodged the question.When asked for confirmation that a rollout of video streaming is imminent, a spokesman with Amazon was coy. "We are excited to announce that The Grand Tour will be able to be streamed from over 200 countries and territories around the world in December," Kaan Yalkin said.
Amazon has finally weighed in on this, saying that Amazon Prime has not launched in Australia: "We have not launched Amazon Prime in Australia. The service some Australians have signed-up for is the US or UK Prime Membership, which provides free, fast shipping within the US or UK, as well as access to some Amazon Originals, such as The Grand Tour, where we have the global rights." Fact remains that you can still watch it right now, though.
https://twitter.com/NewtonGroupSM/status/800715281987411968?lang=enI am pretty sure Amazon Prime Video is actually already here in Canada - using Chrome browser it worked for me this weekend $AMZN
... if you are a prime member like me, just go and start watching an Amazon movie/tv show - it will stream
The Grand Tour is Going Global
For our global fans who cannot wait for The Grand Tour's official worldwide launch in December, you can subscribe to our US Prime Membership to start streaming weekly episodes of The Grand Tour today.
Despite the lack of an official announcement from Amazon, it looks like Amazon Prime Video originals are now available to stream in Canada, at least some of them.
I think it was more the other way around. Amazon could not procure a sufficient library of streaming video in Canada with telcos hogging all the rights. So they allowed CDN companies to get rights to Amazon Prime shows and washed their hands of it. When Shomi faltered, Shawgers didn't want to simply gift all those rights to Belus - or Netflix for that matter - so they arranged to let those rights revert to Amazon.Rumours about Amazon Video coming to Canada have been around for several months. I suspect the execs at shomi knew that Amazon was coming to Canada, since reports are that Amazon has been withholding international rights to the more recent programs that they are producing themselves and are also acquiring rights from the Hollywood studios.
The Rogers board came to the conclusion that shomi could never turn a profit while competing against Netflix, Amazon and CraveTV. I think the exact timing is a bit of a coincidence, but I believe the fact that Amazon Video was coming to Canada forced Rogers to evaluate their prospects for the service. Shaw had already written off their entire investment and probably were no longer interested in being a partner since they had sold all their media assets to Corus (which didn't want shomi.)
Amazon has been quietly acquiring Canadian rights to a range of programming over the past year...As for the Canadian rights to Amazon’s original shows, that’s a bit more complicated. Prior to the planned launch of Prime Video in Canada, the rights to some Amazon originals had been sold to other streaming services. The award-winning show Transparent, for example, has been available on Shomi, a service launched two years ago by Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications. Bosch, another Amazon original, has been available on Crave TV.
“Amazon has been holding on to the worldwide rights for some of its more recently produced shows,” one source familiar with Amazon’s plans told BNN. “One example is The Man in the High Castle. They’ve been shelving its release in countries outside the U.S. so they’ll have it available for the global release of Prime Video.