New to Amazon Prime Video in May

Amazon Prime Video is about to roll out its May premieres amid news that the platform’s streaming hours were up more than 70% year on year.

It’s reported more than 175 million Prime members have streamed TV shows or movies in the past year.

“While Amazon didn’t provide any further details on Prime Video usage, the announcement seemed to signal the company’s interest in showing it has scaled up streaming to be nearly in the same league as Netflix,” Variety says.

“As of the end of Q1, Netflix reported 207.4 million subscribers.”

And on the eve of today’s season-one finale of Invincible, Amazon has renewed the adult animated series for two more seasons.

This month Amazon Prime Video has a slew of notable premieres, from Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins’ first TV series to a young-adult drama starring Jack Nicholson’s son, Ray.

Here are the highlights:

The Underground Railroad (May 14): A runaway slave in the antebellum South discovers the rumoured Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels. Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) directs the 10-part adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Horizon Line (May 14): From the creators of 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Shallows, this is a thrilling survival story about former lovers (Allison Williams and Alexander Dreymon) stranded sky-high in a pilot-less single-engine Cessna plane in the face of a terrifying storm.

Solos (May 21): A seven-part anthology that explores what it means to be human, today and in the future. Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Mackie, Helen Mirren, Dan Stevens and Constance Wu star.

P!NK: All I Know So Far (May 21): An in-depth personal glimpse behind the curtain of her record-breaking 2019 “Beautiful Trauma” world tour from Australian director Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman).

Panic (May 28): Ray Nicholson and Olivia Welch star in a young-adult drama series set in small-town Texas where graduating seniors compete in a series of dangerous challenges, in what they think is their only escape from this dead-end town.

Also new for May will be:

  • Star Trek Beyond (May 1)
  • Bloodshot (May 6)
  • Fantasy Island (May 6)
  • The Boy From Medellin (May 7)
  • LOL: Si Te Ries Pierdes (May 14)
  • 5x Comedia (May 21)
  • LOL Qui Rit, Sort! (May 28)
  • Zoolander 2 (May 31).
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