Amazon.com Plans Original Series on Web

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Amazon.com Inc. plans to broadcast on its Web site an original show hosted by Bill Maher and featuring performers and authors touting new releases - which, not coincidentally, will be for sale at the online retailer.

The 12-episode Webcast series, which will begin airing June 1, is the first offering in what the Seattle company says is a broader plan to add more original programming to its Web site

The company plans to record the first show at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, with guests including authors Stephen King and Armistead Maupin, musician Rob Thomas and actress Toni Collette. It will then preview tidbits of that show beginning Tuesday and leading up to the June 1 launch.

After the launch, the free programs will be available for on-demand viewing anytime, although users cannot download them. The other 30-minute shows will be filmed live in Los Angeles.

Source: AP

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