BY RICHARD TRENHOLM
Can't get enough of the cybercrime drama "Mr Robot"? When the next series lands, you'll be able to see new episodes on Amazon here in the UK straight after they're first shown on US telly.
Created by Sam Esmail, "Mr Robot" stars Rami Malek as troubled computer expert Elliot Alderson. Elliot is recruited into a society of hackers led by Mr Robot (Christian Slater) who is bent on deleting all debt records in a digital revolution. Season 2 will air next year, and each episode will pop up on Amazon Video shortly after it has been broadcast in the US.
"Mr Robot" is one of the most talked-about US shows of the year. Unusually, the series premiered on online services before it was shown on TV, racking up nearly 3 million views and even earning a second series order before it even went near a TV aerial.
Amazon scored a coup last month by securing the UK rights to the show. All 10 episodes of the first series are available for Amazon Prime subscribers to watch right now for free, and for non-members to buy. Season 2 episodes will be available on a weekly basis once the series starts transmission on US broadcaster USA Network. The exact air date for next year's season has yet to be confirmed.
"Mr Robot" is the latest skirmish in the battle between streaming services like Amazon and Netflix to offer hot new TV shows and movies exclusively to subscribers, whether they're from broadcasters in other countries or produced by the streaming services themselves.