Amazon announced “Ring Nation ,”, a TV show that uses footage from Amazon Ring Doorbells to create America’s Funniest Home Videos ..
The news program will be produced and hosted by MGM Television, Big Fish Entertainment, both of which are owned by Amazon.
Ring Nation will showcase viral videos which features content such as neighbors saving neighbors, marriage proposals, military reunions, and animals doing silly things, according to Engadget.
The half-hour show will be hosted by actor and comedian Wanda Sykes, and premier on September 26 in what will be a branding exercise for the Seattle-based e-commerce and retail giant.
Amazon is also looking for new ways to make money from the doorbell content that makes it viral on social media.
“From the incredible, to the hilarious and uplifting must-see viral moments from around the country every day, Ring Nation offers something for everyone watching at home,” says Barry Poznick, president of alternative television & Orion TV at MGM.
Nick Schweers, spokesperson for
Amazon says that Ring Nation has cleared the required permissions to each video. This includes anyone identified in it. Nick Schweers says that many of these videos have already been shared online. “Others were sent directly to the team.”
Amazon purchased MGM for $8. 5 billion earlier this year, but the Federal Trade Commission still retains the discretion to challenge it.
Smart cameras and doorbells have been criticised over the years as allowing for constant surveillance and invading privacy. They also have lax security measures that allow camera systems to hack.
Last month, PetaPixel reported that Amazon had given Ring camera footage to police without asking users eleven times this year — without the owner’s permission. The company denies that Ring gives out the footage randomly.
It is simply not true that Ring allows anyone to have unrestricted access to customers’ data and video. This has been made abundantly clear to both our customers as well as others. The law authorizes companies like Ring to provide information to government entities if the company believes that an emergency involving danger of death or serious physical injury to any person, such as a kidnapping or an attempted murder, requires disclosure without delay,” a spokesperson told PetaPixel.
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