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Bank of America sees logic in Amazon's rumored plans to launch ad-tier

Published 06/07/2023, 01:07 PM
Updated 06/08/2023, 08:31 AM
© Reuters -- Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) reportedly plans to launch an-advertising-supported tier of its Prime Video streaming services as part of move to bolster growth from entertainment, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

Plans to launch an ad-supported tier for its Prime Video streaming service follow similar moves by rivals including Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Disney (NYSE:DIS) as streaming platforms look for ways to support content spending amid an ongoing battle for dominance.

Warner Bros Discovery (NASDAQ:WBD) and Paramount (NASDAQ:PARAA), meanwhile, are reportedly in talks with Amazon to add the ad-based tiers of their streaming services through Amazon’s Prime Video channels.

Warner Discovery and Paramount closed 8.4% and 3.9% higher, respectively, following the news. Amazon stock fell 4.25%.

Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) analysts believe the ad-supported tier makes sense for Prime Video.

"Amazon’s user data, existing relationships with retail advertisers, and extensive ad sales teams provide a competitive advantage for monetizing ad-streaming. Also, tiering may enable Amazon to raise fees on ad-free Prime tiers, which would follow recent fee increases for various Prime and 3P services," they wrote in a client note.

The analysts also expect Amazon to continue to lean into Video content vs. pulling back in a bid to drive usage.

Additional reporting by Senad Karaahmetovic

Latest comments

i stila dont see sense abt this move
you can pay more for ad free streaming. Amazon can't hold out free prime too long. other services do it to increase revenues too. Warner Bros and Paramount big feathers, content will rule
this is guaranteed to backfire ask Comcast they lost thousands of subscribers just for having service of basic internet access because people are not going to pay anymore for nonsense they're already paying too much for everything
you make me watch ads, prime is no longer worth the money
you are absolutely correct greed not my money
going back to cable, I see
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