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Amazon.com also said on Wednesday that it will make five original TV series, based on the viewer's feedback the company received in order to pick the shows out of a group of 14 pilots filmed earlier this year.
The chosen pilots are: "Alpha House", a political comedy starring John Goodman; "Betas", a comedy about start-up culture in Silicon Valley; "Annebots", a kids' show about robots; "Creative Galaxy", an animated art adventure series; and "Tumbleaf", another kids' show about a small blue fox named Fig.
Amazon's move represents a foray for the company into original programming delivered over the Internet, stepping up competition with Netflix Inc and Hulu.
The series will be shown exclusively on Amazon's Prime Instant Video service later this year and in early 2014, the company said. Prime Instant Video is free for members of Amazon's Prime service, which offers two-day shipping and other benefits in the United States for $79 a year.