That's up from $1.5 billion in Q1 of 2018. Not accounting for seasonal fluctuations, this would mean that Amazon may spend around $7 billion on content this year. The company said in its 10-Q filing, which details earnings and expenses for the quarter, that it had a total of $1.7 billion of music and video expenses during the quarter.
"Total video and music expense includes licensing and production costs associated with content offered within Amazon Prime memberships, and costs associated with digital subscriptions and sold or rented content," the company declared in its filing. That's in part because unlike Netflix, Amazon did include licensing costs for music in the disclosure. And Amazon didn't stop there.
It also shows that Amazon is still spending a lot less than Netflix, which is expected to invest as much as $15 billion in original and licensed content this year. However, it does not tell us how much Amazon is really investing in video for Prime subscribers.” />
However, there's a significant catch: As disclosed on Friday, Amazon's content costs still tell us very little about how much the company is investing in the production of movies and TV shows.
Analysts and industry watchers have been eagerly awaiting more detailed disclosures to see how Amazon's spending is matching up to the money Netflix is shelling out on original content. The company has not broken out these content costs in past quarters, and instead included them in its cost of sales.
Among analysts and journalists covering the company, Amazon is infamous for releasing data points that don't tell us much at all, with executives regularly boosting percentage growth stats without referring to absolute numbers. Friday's release goes a bit further, and does offer some concrete evidence that the company's content business is big, and growing.
What's more, any of the money Amazon hands to publishers like HBO, Showtime or Starz for reselling their subscription services as part of Amazon Channels, was likely included as well. In other words: Any digital video that Amazon rented or sold to its customers, whether they are Prime subscribers or not, was also part of the Q1 content cost total. The same goes for any paid MP3 download.
Amazon revealed in a regulatory filing Friday afternoon how much money it spent on content in the first quarter of the year — but the disclosure still doesn't tell us a whole lot about how much the company is investing in producing originals for its Prime Video service.

“Girl” – stream here via iTunes
"BlacKkKlansman" – stream here via Amazon
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Motion Picture – Animated
"Bohemian Rhapsody" – see tickets and current showtimes
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix) – stream here via Netflix
"Bodyguard" – stream here via Netflix
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”) – stream here via Amazon
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Kidding” (Showtime) – stream here via Amazon
"A Star Is Born" – see tickets and current showtimes
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”) – stream here via Amazon
"Pose" – stream here via Amazon
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
"Mirai" – see tickets and current showtimes
“Barry” (HBO) – stream here via Amazon
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" – see tickets and current showtimes
"The Favourite" – see tickets and current showtimes
“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”) – stream here via Amazon
“The Good Place” (NBC) – stream here via Amazon
Best Television Series – Drama
“Sharp Objects” (HBO) – stream here via Amazon
“The Alienist” (TNT) – stream here via Amazon
"The Americans" – stream here via Amazon
"Crazy Rich Asians" – stream here via Amazon
"Killing Eve" – stream here via Amazon
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Marc Shaiman ("Mary Poppins Returns") – stream here via Amazon
"Homecoming" – stream here via Amazon
"Incredibles 2" – stream here via Amazon
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”) – stream here via Amazon
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX) – stream here via Amazon
“Shoplifters” – see tickets and current showtimes
"Ralph Breaks the Internet" – see tickets and current showtimes
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”) – stream here via Amazon
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”) – stream here via Amazon
“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon) – stream here via Amazon (or watch for free with an Amazon Prime 30-day trial)
Marco Beltrami ("A Quiet Place") – stream here via Amazon
“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime) – stream here via Amazon
"If Beale Street Could Talk" – see tickets and current showtimes
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
We're days away from the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, and if you want to catch up on the nominees, we've rounded up some easy ways to watch or stream the films, television shows and miniseries competing for an award.
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
"Mary Poppins Returns" – see tickets and current showtimes
"Isle of Dogs" – stream here via Amazon
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“Capernaum” – see tickets and current showtimes
Maisel” (Amazon) – stream here via Amazon (or watch for free with an Amazon Prime 30-day trial) “The Marvelous Mrs.
“Roma” – see tickets and current showtimes or stream on Netflix
Here's a look at the nominees for this year's Golden Globes, along with information on where and how to watch them before the big day.
"Vice" – see tickets and current showtimes
"Black Panther" – stream here via Amazon
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
"Green Book" – see tickets and current showtimes
“Never Look Away” – see tickets and current showtimes
“Revelation’ (“Boy Erased”) – stream here via Amazon
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”) – stream here via Amazon

Nov. 20
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
10 Nov.
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
Nov. 9
Little Odessa
Species: the Awakening
Cape Fear
My Santa
Little Odessa
The World Is Yours
Green Room
5 Nov.
The Bisexual: Season 1
Little Big Awesome: Season 1B
Sick Note: Season 2
Nov. 6
Bring It On: In It to Win It
Christmas with the Andersons
Leaving Las Vegas
Pete the Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas
1 Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt.
F is for Family: Season 3
The Big Lebowski
12 Nov.
Wicker Park
Q: A Conspiracy of Faith Dept.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Bachelor Party
The Adventures of Tintin
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
The Break-Up
Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia
Killer Bees
Children of Men
1 Nov.
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet
November is also seeing the premiere of several platform originals, including the final season of Netflix's "House of Cards" and Julia Roberts' Amazon Prime debut, "Homecoming." The documentary "McQueen" is also joining Amazon's slate while Netflix will launch "Doctor Strange," "Sixteen Candles," and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." Hulu will see a similarly large influx of new films, including "Goldeneye," "Amelie," and "Kick-Ass."
Follow This: Part 3
Homecoming: Season 1
Nov. 29
Luis & The Aliens
Tiny Christmas
Death Wish 3
Jacob’s Ladder
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
Damascus Cover
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Nov. 3
Mighty Magiswords: Season 1B
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Best Gift Ever
Homecoming: Season 1
Into The Dark: Flesh & Blood
Spirit Riding Free: Season 7
Holly Hobbie: Season 1
Happy as Lazzaro
Angela’s Christmas
Like Water
Nov. 12
Nov. 24
Aliens and Agenda 21
Ponysitters Club: Season 2
An Ordinary Man
Tomorrow Never Dies
My Girl
The Great British Baking Show: Collection 6
The Pixar Story
The Final Table
Inside Jokes: Season 1
Nov. 30
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
10 to Midnight
May The Devil Take You
Guns of the Magnificent Seven
Nov. 7
Four Rooms
Nov. 9
Hip-hop Houdini: Season 1
Hollywood Game Night: Season 6
The Princess Switch
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Thursday Night Football: Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Beat Bugs: Season 3
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Box of Moon Light
Nov. 24
Monster’s Ball
The Durrells in Corfu: Season 3
Guns of the Magnificent Seven
Sixteen Candles
Angels in the Snow
Lord of War
Diamonds are Forever
Candyman: Day of the Dead
Dysfunktional Family
Scary Movie 2
The Accused
The English Patient
Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams
Ocean’s Eleven
Big Hero 6
Duck, You Sucker (A Fistful of Dynamite)
Christmas Belle
Nov. 30
Back to Christmas
John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons
K, Season 2
Larger Than Life
The Little Death
The World is Not Enough
The Bank Job
Mulholland Falls
Doctor Strange
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Scenic Route
Nov. 3
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 4
Kulipari: Dream Walker
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
The World Is Not Enough
Nov. 8
Blue Chips
Box of Moonlight
A Puppy for Christmas
Nov. 17
Planet Hulk
The Mexican
Outlaw King
Medal of Honor
28 Days Later
Hero (“Ying Xiong”)
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
The Children Act
A Cinderella Christmas
Dietland: Season 1
Spy Kids: Mission Critical: Season 2
Under the Tree
A View to Kill
Super Drags
Nov. 7
15 Nov.
27 Nov.
Amazon Prime
Rajma Chawal
Ninja III: The Domination
A Fairly Odd Christmas
Johnny Reno
Nov. 4
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Sex and the City: The Movie
Best of Enemies
A Fistful of Dynamite
Nov. 16
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Carnage Park
The Magnificent Seven Ride!
Pocoyo: Season 4
9 Nov.
Into the Forest
Assault on Precinct 13
Michael Clayton
Die Another Day
The Mod Squad
Loving Pablo
The Spy Who Loved Me
Gymkhana Files: Season 1
15 Nov.
Death Wish
Dept. Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes
16 Nov.
Married With Children: Seasons 1-11
Nov. 20
Cartel Land
Nov. 22
Happy Christmas
The Mighty
Desperate Hours
16 Nov.
My Dad is Scrooge
Making Contact (Joey)
Ocean’s Twelve
Hostel 2
Hostel: Part II
Beginning with the animated film "Angela's Christmas" on Nov. 1, Netflix is adding several holiday movies to its streaming slate, including "The Holiday Calendar," "The Princess Switch," and "A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding." Hulu and Amazon Prime are also following suit with "A Cinderella Christmas" on Nov. 1, respectively. 15 and "Christmas With the Kranks" on Nov.
See the full list of upcoming titles below:
Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving Twin
Invasion U.S.A.
The Christmas Calendar
Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Attell
The Expanse: Season 3
The Holiday Calendar
The Tribe
ReMastered: Tricky Dick & The Man in Black
La Reina del Flow
The Birdcage
Narcos: Mexico
Broken Star
Dust 2 Glory
Keepers of the Magic
Warrior: Season 1
Death Wish IV: The Crackdown
Little Man Tate
Little Black Book
License to Kill
23 Nov.
Nina’s World:Season 2
Hoodwinked Too! Evil Hood vs.
Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea
2 Nov.
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Birdcage
Rob Roy
Radio Days
Mulholland Falls
The Wolfpack
Fair Game – Director’s Cut
Nov. 21
Patriot: Season 2
Little Women: Season 1
Nov. 30
Santa Hunters
The Faculty
Benny & Joon
The Living Daylights
2 Nov.
The Crew
Terms of Endearment
Desperate Hours
Naughty & Nice
Dallas Cowboys Thursday Night Football: New Orleans Saints vs.
3 Nov.
The Living Daylights
A Christmas Kiss II
Holly’s Holiday
Nov. 6
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny
Girlfriends of Christmas Past
Julie & Julia
Oh My Ghost
Dept Q: The Absent One
Nov. 1
21 Nov.
You Only Live Twice
19 Nov.
Prince of Peoria
Sailor Moon: Season 3
Thursday Night Football: Carolina Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Nov. 22
Leaving Las Vegas
Creative Galaxy: Arty’s Holiday Masterpiece
Child’s Play
Map of the Human Heart
2 Nov.
Never Say Never Again
Nov. 18
The Red Violin (Le violon rouge)
Bean’s Holiday Mr.
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
Die Another Day
The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta)
Scary Movie 3
Treehouse Detectives: Season 2
8 Nov.
From Russia with Love
Baskets: Season 3
20 Nov.
12 Dog Days Till Christmas
The Magnificent Seven Ride
Candyman 3: Day of the Dead
Rescue Dawn
The Judgement
Good Will Hunting
Jet Li’s Fearless
The Secret of the Nutcracker
House of Cards: Season 6
The Last Kingdom: Season 3
2001 Maniacs
XXX: State of the Union
National Lampoon’s Animal House
The Condemned
A Medea Halloween Boo 2!
For Your Eyes Only
Jane Eyre
Sleepless” />
Dr. No
A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale
To Build or Not to Build: Season 2
Weird Science
Live and Let Die
Hellraiser IV: Bloodline
Europa Report
Tiempo compartido
18 Nov.
The Sea of Trees
Italian for Beginners
Barbie The Pearl Princess
The Red Violin
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
The Other Side of the Wind
Like Water
Nov. 18
Top Chef: Season 15
Nov. 8
Little Man Tate
Daylight’s End
Christmas With the Kranks
Nov. 29
Missing in Action II: The Beginning
Lord of War
Nov. 21
Barbie Mariposa and Her Butterfly Fairy Friends
Nov. 1
Rodeo & Juliet
Married by Christmas
The March Sisters at Christmas
The Kominsky Method
Harry Brown
Christmas may be more than a month away, but that isn't stopping streaming platforms from adding some holiday cheer to their November lineups.
13 Nov.
10 Nov.
Ocean’s Thirteen
Cruel Intentions
Six: Season 2
Nov. 23
25 Nov.
11 Nov.
Mirzapur: Season 1
The Interpreter
29 Nov.
Death by Magic
The Remains
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Motown Magic
2001 Maniacs
The Christmas Chronicles
Nov. 22
15 Nov.
Harry Brown
Never Back Down
Vanderpump Rules: Season 6
Nov. 13
Frontier: Season 3
Revenge of the Ninja
Beat: Season 1
28 Nov.
From Dusk Till Dawn

Though they racked up Oscar noms and wins, his works seldom resulted in box office success. But although Ashby's films were hailed for their humanity, adept command of visual storytelling and use of music, they were frequently misunderstood by the studios.
“Studios invested in filmmakers who were highly creative and non-commercial. “The 1970s were a perfect environment for a personality type like Hal,” says Scott. What was it about that decade that resulted in such a fruitful run of indelible movies?
After a crowdfunding campaign, Scott started filming about four years ago, and was able to interview “Coming Home” and “Bound for Glory” cinematographer Haskell Wexler before he died in 2015. Once interviews with Ashby’s stars and collaborators like Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges and Jewison were secured, the rest fell in line, including a notoriously hard to get Yusuf Islam, whose songs as Cat Stevens brought so much heart to “Harold and Maude.”
Ashby had a deep connection with some of the musicians of the era — he nearly secured Neil Young to do the soundtrack for “The Landlord,” Scott says. He also directed the Rolling Stones concert movie “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and Young concert video “Solo Trans.”
After being introduced to Ashby through her friends in film school, Scott continued her career as an editor, and when she read the biography “Being Hal Ashby: The Life of a Hollywood Rebel,” she realized that there was still no documentary about the seminal filmmaker.
It’s a dangerous concept, and we’re kind of living through it now. He constantly commented on the times he lived in,” Scott says. Rent or buy on Amazon Prime, iTunes and more.” /> “Being There” — The existential comedy-drama, for which Peter Sellers was Oscar-nommed, “takes a look at celebrity worship, how celebrities can just be created out of thin air.
“Coming Home” — “It’s a love story, but also a look at how we’re treating our veterans,” says Scott of the 1978 drama that won acting Oscars for both Jane Fonda and Jon Voight. The opening scene is shot like a documentary — one of the guys talking was a sniper. “I cannot imagine that if this were shot today it would be a rosier portrait — it has not gotten better. Hal was so touched by this guy.”
Despite creating so many distinctive films of the 1970s, including “Coming Home,” “The Last Detail,” “Shampoo,” “Bound for Glory,” and “Being There,” which Scott calls his masterpiece, Ashby remains less heralded than his contemporaries such as Robert Altman.
“It blew my mind, it shifted my personal narrative,” says Scott, who makes her feature documentary directing debut with "Hal," which screened this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival and opens in selected theaters on Sept. Like many people, Amy Scott first came to the work of iconoclastic director Hal Ashby through “Harold and Maude.” The singularly joyful and macabre love story has been a staple of repertory theaters and college video viewings since it was released in 1971. 7.
“They were making such different kinds of films — Cassavetes, Monte Hellman. Other directors were better able to pivot, she thinks, and the 1980s were less kind to such distinctive visions. But because of the latitude they were given and the freedom, it was extra hard for a guy like Hal — it was not in his nature to compromise,” says Scott.
Below, Scott details why so many of Ashby's films remain fresh and relevant today, starting with his lesser-seen 1970 directing debut "The Landlord." Keep an eye on cable schedules for those that aren't currently available digitally.
“He tackles race relations, white privilege, gentrification — it’s an important film to watch now, with highly creative editing and a great soundtrack.” and Diana Sands. “The Landlord” — “An incredible debut film,” Scott says of the drama starring Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Louis Gossett Jr.
He missed out on directing “Tootsie,” which “would have been a game-changer” for his career, Scott says. A string of oddball projects followed in the 1980s, until he died of pancreatic cancer in 1988 at just 59 years old. But after 1979's “Being There,” Ashby seemed to lose his way.
“It’s really acerbically funny and clever. The way they’re stuck in this system of injustice…I can also identify with the slower moments, like when they’re on the train taking Quaid to prison." Rent or buy on Amazon Prime, iTunes and more. “The Last Detail” — “You should see anything written by Robert Towne,” Scott says of the 1973 comedy-drama, singling out performances by Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid.
His devotion to meticulously choosing rock tunes to symmetrically complement particular images clearly left a deep impression on filmmakers including Jonathan Demme, Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, and Cameron Crowe.
But with Richard Nixon creeping in the background, it’s a sexy look at cultural narcissism in the midst of a foreboding political bad dream." "Shampoo" —  "A really fun ride," Scott says about the 1975 Warren Beatty-Julie Christie comedy-drama about a Beverly Hills hairdresser and his wealthy clientele, "So much style, killer soundtrack, Warren Beatty’s hair, and Julie Christie’s backless dress.
There were so many cameras, they shot and shot and shot. “It’s not necessarily accurate — it’s in the spirit of Woody Guthrie.” It’s a gorgeous film," says Scott of the 1976 Woody Guthrie biopic. “Bound for Glory” — "Wexler shot it like a documentary, and it’s the first time Steadicam was used.
As Rosanna Arquette, who starred in his 1986 misfire “8 Million Ways to Die,” says at the end of the docu, “They didn’t respect him, and it killed him.”
“There’s a personality type that comes up through the dark edit bay — you're in there by yourself with your ideas and possibly your marijuana and it’s just your time,” she says, referencing Ashby’s notoriously copius weed consumption. Ashby also started his career as a film editor, working with Norman Jewison on films like “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “In the Heat of the Night,” so Scott felt she understood where he was coming from.
She’s living her best life, and that to me is admirable in the darkest times." Rent or buy on Amazon Prime, iTunes and more. “Harold and Maude”: “If you’ve ever felt disconnected from society, if you’ve ever felt marginalized, if you’ve ever felt people are trying to tell you who you can or cannot love, you should watch this film,” Scott says of the 1971 Bud Cort-Ruth Gordon tour de force that is perhaps the cult classic of all cult classics. "Even more fascinating than Harold is Maude — after all the things she’s endured, she gives zero fucks about authority or social norms.