Amazon integrates new free streaming service, miniTV in its shopping app in India
Although miniTV is currently only available on Amazon's Android shopping platform, it will be expanded to include the iOS app and mobile web in the coming next months, according to the company.
In India, Amazon has announced the launch of miniTV, a new free streaming service available via the Amazon shopping app. It is a free, ad-supported video streaming service accessible inside the Amazon shopping app.
Although miniTV is currently only available on Amazon's Android shopping platform, it will be expanded to include the iOS app and mobile web in the coming next months, according to the company. With the introduction of miniTV and Prime Video, Amazon now has two video entertainment services in India.
A company statement read as, "miniTV has professionally created and curated content across web-series, comedy shows, tech news, food, beauty, fashion and more...With the launch of miniTV, Amazon.in shopping app is now a single destination for customers to shop from millions of products, make payments and watch free entertainment videos."
Introducing the Amazon miniTV – a free video streaming service. Watch entertaining, trendy and fresh videos for free – no paid subscription required – on Amazon’s shopping app! https://t.co/wfQH9Eu0Mgpic.twitter.com/aHLCsr78NR— Amazon India (@amazonIN) May 15, 2021
MiniTV will feature shows from studios such as TVF and Pocket Aces, along with comedians like Ashish Chanchlani, Amit Bhadana and Shruti Arjun Anand, tech guru Trakin Tech, fashion and beauty experts like Sejal Kumar and MalvikaSitlani, and food-related programming from Kabita's Kitchen and Gobble.
Most of MiniTV's content is old, with some of it produced for other sites or released on content partners' own YouTube channels.
Consumption of content has increased dramatically in recent years, and this consumption was only accelerated with the pandemic. Subscription numbers have increased significantly on OTT channels such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+Hotstar, and Zee5.
Companies expect that by providing content to e-commerce sites, they will be able to increase traffic on their sites and time spend on these platforms.
Amazon has always claimed that the Prime Video streaming service, enables the shopping app to generate more revenue. The e-commerce behemoth is now experimenting with what happens as it integrates a video streaming service into its shopping app.
Amazon's decision follows Walmart's Flipkart, Amazon's main Indian competitor, which launched a video streaming service within its app back in 2019. Several Indian companies, including Zomato and Paytm, have experimented with incorporating video to their own applications in recent years.