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Man in the High Castle becomes Amazon’s most watched original show

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Amazon Original Series The Man in the High Castle, Recently Renewed for Season Two, Marks Biggest Launch Month in Prime Video History

Amazon’s new original series, developed by Frank Spotnitz and based on the bestselling Philip K. Dick novel, debuted on Prime Video on November 20th and in four weeks became the most-viewed original show on the service

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 21, 2015– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Amazon Original Series The Man in the High Castle, recently renewed for a second season, is the most-streamed original show ever by Prime members globally. The show broke a previous record set by Amazon Original Series Bosch—which is launching its second season next year. Based on the award-winning book by Philip K. Dick, developed by Frank Spotnitz and Executive Produced by Scott Free Productions’ Ridley Scott and David Zucker, along with Isa Dick Hackett, the show is available exclusively on Amazon Prime.

In addition, The Man in the High Castle has received outstanding critical acclaim:

“…Amazon has the best new drama of the season in The Man in the High Castle.” USA Today, Robert Bianco
“The Man in the High Castle accomplishes so much, where most new broadcast TV dramas these days don’t even try.” NPR, David Bianculli
“The series is a bold leap into big-saga TV for Amazon…It’s serious-minded sci-fi that’s stylish and strange and soulful, and only grows more rewarding over time.” Entertainment Weekly, Jeff Jensen
“Castle has the feel of a classic…cannily contriving suspenseful cliffhangers at the end of each hour to drive viewers to the next chapter.” TV Guide, Matt Roush
“We’re very proud of this outstanding series created by Frank Spotnitz, Scott Free and Isa Dick Hackett, which Amazon customers around the world have enthusiastically embraced, and we look forward to the second season,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “We hoped that once again bringing together the work of Philip K. Dick and the vision of Ridley Scott – who brought us the classic film Blade Runner – would help deliver on our promise of creating some of the best television in the world for Prime customers, and we believe that it has.”

The Man in The High Castle stars Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rufus Sewell, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel de la Fuente and DJ Qualls. The show is available in US, UK, Germany, and Austria – only on Amazon Prime.

Prime members can stream all 10 episodes of The Man in The High Castle at no additional cost to their Prime membership with the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at www.Amazon.com/HighCastle. Prime members can also download the series for offline viewing on iOS, Android and Fire devices at no additional cost. In addition to SD and HD, the series is also available in 4K Ultra HD on Amazon Fire TV and compatible smart TVs from Samsung, LG and Sony. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free 30-day trial at amazon.com/prime.

Amazon has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season as after only a month The Man in the High Castle has become its most watched original program.

Released on Nov. 20, it has only taken Amazon’s alternate history series to become its most watched program. The honor was previously held by the detective series Bosch. It makes the news from last week of a second season renewal sound like it was a fairly easy decision.

Amazon’s original programming has struggled a bit for recognition compared to the likes of those shows that appear on Netflix, but the ecommerce giant’s star is definitely on the rise. Its transgender drama/comedy series Transparent has been picking up numerous awards for acting and nominations for writing which has had a halo effect for all of the other properties on the service.

No word as of yet as to when we can expect The Man in the High Castle season 2, but with the news of its success it isn’t difficult to imagine that Amazon may want to make it a priority.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...


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