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Amazon announces integration of Ads on Prime Video starting January 29

In a strategic move to sustain investments in content creation and adapt to industry trends, Amazon has officially confirmed its plan to introduce advertisements on Prime Video.

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The tech giant is set to integrate limited ads into movies and TV shows, marking a significant shift in its subscription strategy. This initiative is scheduled to take effect from January 29, as communicated to Amazon Prime Video customers via email.

The decision comes as part of Amazon’s commitment to investing in compelling content and ensuring a gradual increase in such investments over an extended period. The company emphasized its intention to keep the number of ads significantly lower than traditional TV and other streaming providers, aiming to enhance the viewing experience for subscribers.

In the email announcement, Amazon stated, “This will allow us to continue investing in compelling content and keep increasing that investment over a long period. We aim to have meaningfully fewer ads than linear TV and other streaming TV providers.”

This move aligns with the industry trend of streaming services adopting tiered subscription models. Competitors like Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, and Peacock have already embraced ad-supported subscription options alongside higher-priced ad-free alternatives.

The introduction of the ad-supported tier was initially announced by Amazon in September, reflecting the evolving landscape of the streaming wars. The tiered subscription model aims to boost revenue by attracting both advertising dollars and encouraging some subscribers to opt for higher-tier subscriptions, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Amazon’s advertising business, encompassing Amazon marketplace advertisements and Freevee, has become a significant revenue source for the company. In the third quarter, Amazon reported approximately $12 billion in advertising revenue, marking a notable 26% increase from the same quarter the previous year, as indicated in the company’s financial statement. This underscores the growing importance of advertising in Amazon’s overall business strategy amid the competitive streaming landscape.

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