December 2, 2018
Amazon Dec. 2 announced that its branded Fire TV Stick streaming media device with Alexa voice-recognition software was the top-selling item for Prime members in 2018.
That was followed by the Echo Dot home speaker – which was also one of the most gifted items during the week leading up to both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and the best-selling product on Amazon during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday weekend.
The $119 annual Amazon Prime membership platform, which includes Prime Video, is available in 17 countries. Prime Video is available globally and separately for $8.99 monthly.
Top home entertainment honors in the U.S. went to original TV series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (most awarded show – 8 Emmy Awards – on Prime Video),“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” starring John Krasinski, and “Homecoming,” starring Julia Roberts in her first TV show (most binged shows on Prime Video), and Justin Timberlake (most streamed artist on Prime Music).
Notably, “X-Ray,” the bonus material feature available on Prime Video that allows viewers to go behind the scenes of movies and TV shows and get access to cast photos, bios, filmographies, sound track info and trivia, continues to resonate with Prime members.
The top-five series and movies Prime members worldwide used X-Ray included “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Psych,” “The Grand Tour,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and “Vikings.”
Movies included Baywatch; Jack Reacher: Never Go Back; Transformers: The Last Knight; Twilight; and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
“Prime members worldwide ordered more than two billion products for one-day delivery or faster in the last year, which is pretty amazing,” Cem Sibay, VP of Amazon Prime, said in a statement.
Prime Video stats include:
The top three cities worldwide that streamed the most hours of Prime Video per capita include Santa Clara, Calif., Norderstedt, Germany; and Tokai, Japan.
Prime members in the U.S., U.K. and India streamed more Prime Video than any other country between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. local time.
Night owls in Japan, Germany and Spain streamed more Prime Video than any other country between the hours of 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. local time.
The nine NFL games thus far on Prime Video and Twitch have combined to reach 20 million total viewers in over 200 countries and territories and all 50 U.S. states.
The top three American cities that streamed the most minutes of Thursday Night Football so far this year include Atlanta, Denver and Seattle.
The most streamed music artist was Justin Timberlake. Prime members’ favorite albums included Man of the Woods by Justin Timberlake, Camila by Camila Cabello, Astroworld by Travis Scott and Mitchell Tenpenny EP by Mitchell Tenpenny.
Favorite songs sold (and recommended by Alexa) included “The Middle,” by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey; “Lose It,” by Kane Brown; “Idgaf,” by Dua Lipa; “Better Now,” by Post Malone; and “Done for Me,” by Charlie Puth, featuring Kehlani.
Other Prime member favorites included televisions such as the TCL 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV, LG Electronics 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV, Samsung 65-Inch 4K Smart TV