Those series will then be available only through Amazon Prime, but of the 14, Amazon.com is only looking for half -- at the most -- to make the cut. Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, in an interview, said:
We don't have any particular number of shows in mind. We would like to see a few shows come out of the process. Seven would be a lot, but zero wouldn't be enough. So somewhere between there.Amazon.com's video streaming service already offers TV series and movies, some of them for free to subscribers to its Amazon Prime service as Prime Instant Video, and a superset as part of the Internet retailer's Amazon Instant Video service.
The original content, though, expands its service, but not in a way unknown to Web viewers. Rival Netflix has begun a similar rollout of original properties, including the Kevin Spacey-starring "House of Cards."
Among the series pilots on the above web page is "Zombieland," based on the movie of the same name. We discussed the series earlier when Amazon.com acquired the rights to it. The series blurb is:
Four survivors are killin' zombies and searching for a home.Amazon.com has categorized it as a comedy.
Most of Amazon Studio's 14 pilots were previously announced. They range from those that most would call "professionally done," such as the above-mentioned "Zombieland" and a political satire called "Alpha House," which stars John Goodman of "Rosanne" fame.
There are, of course, several that come from lesser-known sources, including six children's TV show pilots.
Our priorities are just finding shows that Amazon customers are going to be excited about. We're open -minded about where they come from and what the model is.U.S. and U.K. Amazon.com customers can already vote. German Lovefilm customers will have their own chance in "a few weeks," Price said, once the pilots have been dubbed into German.
Watching and reviewing a series pilot requires an Amazon.com user account, but is free. It's unclear how long the voting session will last, so get in there and start viewing.