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Amazon’s second-quarter online sales decline, service revenue rises 10% – Reuters

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Erik Gruenwedel

Amazon on July 28 reported a 4% drop in online sales in the second quarter (ended June 30) to $50.8 billion, from $53.1 billion in the year-to-date period. former.

Online sales include media products sold in physical (DVD/Blu-ray Disc) and digital formats, including books, games, videos and software.

Subscription revenue, which includes Prime (and Prime Video) subscriptions, audiobooks, e-books, digital music and other non-Amazon Web Services revenue, increased 10% to $8.71 billion. dollars, up from $7.9 billion last year.

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In second quarter entertainment highlights, former NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman will join Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez as analysts for coverage of Prime Video’s NFL “Thursday Night Football” pregame, halftime, and postgame. Sports presenter Charissa Thompson will host the shows. Venerable sportscaster Al Michaels and Emmy-winning analyst Kirk Herbstreit will call the games live action.

Prime Video received 30 Emmy nominations and MGM received seven nominations. Prime Video nominations included “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Lucy and Desi”, “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls”, “The Academy of Country Music Awards”, “The Boys Presents: Diabolical”, “Goliath” , “Savage X Fenty Show” and “A Very British Scandal”. MGM nominations included “Vikings: Valhalla”, “The Voice”, “Shark Tank” and “Survivor”.

“The Boys” continued to grow its viewership with the debut of season three. In its first weekend, the Emmy-nominated superhero drama grew its global viewership by 234% from Season 1 and 17% from Season 2.

“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” continued to build anticipation ahead of the premiere. The release of new footage, a trailer, and a 60-second preview for Prime members on Prime Day all preceded the debut of a three-minute trailer at San Diego Comic-Con. The lengthy trailer was unveiled to a crowd of 6,500 fans at a panel with the show’s cast — hosted by Stephen Colbert — in the convention’s largest hall before being released worldwide . “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will launch exclusively on Prime Video in 240 countries and territories and 33 different languages ​​on September 2.

Prime Video has launched five new original series: “The Terminal List”, with Chris Pratt; “The Summer I Became Pretty”; “Chloé”; “The one that got away”; and “Forever Summer: Hamptons”. Additionally, adult anime series “Undone” and “Fairfax” each returned for a second season. Prime Video previewed three new original films: Sundance Film Festival Winner Emergency; Don’t make me go with John Cho and Mia Isaac; and Everything is possibledirected by Billy Porter.

Prime Video’s international roster has grown with the launch of over 25 local originals and live sports events. New global lineup includes “Yosi, the Regrettable Spy” (Argentina), “The Kids in the Hall” (Canada), “Modern Love Mumbai” (India), “Bang Bang Baby” (Italy) and “Lovestruck High” ( UK). Sports programming includes the Roland-Garros Tennis Open in France, the Australian Swimming Championships and live boxing in Japan.

Free and ad-supported streaming content service Amazon Freevee received its first major award for “Judy Justice,” featuring Judge Judy Sheindlin, which won a Daytime Emmy. Freevee also premiered three new original series – “Bosch: Legacy,” one of the top 10 most-streamed shows on any service in May, according to streaming hub Reelgood; crime drama “Troppo”; and the “Hollywood Houselift” home improvement series with Jeff Lewis – and an original film, accidentally loving.

Prime Video Channels has expanded its portfolio to offer more premium Spanish-language content with the addition of Vix+, TelevisaUnivisions’ streaming service. Prime Video Channels offer customers additional paid subscriptions to third-party premium networks and other streaming entertainment channels, such as Discovery+, Paramount+, AMC+, Globo, BET+, NBA League Pass, MLB.TV, Starz and Showtime .