Today's the day, people. If you're an Amazon Prime Subscriber, you can now stream a handful of some of HBO's best shows of the past (and a few from the present) on Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Nearly a month ago, Amazon made a pretty big announcement–a deal with HBO to bring a bunch of classic content to their streaming library. It marked Amazon's first true competitive advantage over rivals Netflix and Hulu, as snagging HBO content is a pretty big deal. Other than HBO GO, Amazon Prime Instant Video is now the only other place that you can (legally) stream HBO shows online.
Amazon Prime now has every single episode of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Six Feet Under, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, and Flight of the Conchords. It has some seasons of True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and Treme. HBO will give up more recent seasons of those shows in the coming years.
Classic miniseries like Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams, and Angels in America are also now available in their entirety. Plus, some HBO original films and comedy specials from the likes of Louis CK and Bill Maher.
“We’re thrilled to deliver this collection of groundbreaking, beloved content from HBO to Amazon Prime members for unlimited streaming at no additional cost,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “Given the number of customers who purchase these titles from Amazon, we know how much customers love these shows. We are excited to bring them to Prime members—we think they are going to love them, whether they are experiencing them for the first time or re-discovering them from the beginning.”
You can also expect to see Girls, The Newsroom, and Veep pop up on Amazon Prime at some point. Amazon won't get any more specific than "the coming years."
Painfully absent from the deal is HBO's megahit Game of Thrones–I guess HBO has to hold something back for the HBO GO subscribers.
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