Amazon Readies Streaming Movie Service

Kindle also set to go global

Following Bill Gates & Steve Ballmer introducing multi-touch Windows 7 and Howard Stringer’s cutting edge OLED hijinks, Walt Mossberg’s All Things D show completed an impressive trident of coups with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealing plans for a streaming video service.

Like both the other announcements the news was low on detail, but Bezos did say his company has high hopes the technology which should see videos start playing “instantly” when it is released in the next few weeks. The big stuff (movie studio agreements, pricing, etc) was all absent but considering the runaway success of Amazon MP3 – which was the first online music store to agree deals with all ‘Big Four’ record labels the chances of a comprehensive offering should be high. Apple TV 2 should get a run for its money.

Bezos also took time to give an update on another major breakthrough for the company, the Kindle which has been selling like particularly tasty hot cakes since day one. Bezos explained that “we need to be thinking globally about the device,” he said, following it up with a more definitive “We’re gonna launch internationally.” That said, it looks like whenever it does turn up on these shores (I’m thinking fairly soon) it will be v1.0 since he admitted while “there will be a second version, a third version, a tenth version … a second version is not that near.”

Ultimately, Bezos didn’t give us a lot to go on but it does suggest the next few months could be pretty exciting…

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