Great news television fans that happen to have Amazon Prime! HBO has agreed to an exclusive, multi-year deal that will bring their programming to the aforementioned Amazon streaming video service.
As of May 21, Amazon Prime will feature every season of:
- The Sopranos
- The Wire
- Six Feet Under
- Eastbound & Down
- Flight of the Conchords
Additionally, these shows will become available over the next few years:
- The Newsroom
They’ll also have several comedy specials from Bill Maher, Louis CK, Lewis Black and Ellen DeGeneres, along with these miniseries:
- Angels in America
- Band of Brothers
- John Adams
- The Pacific
- Parade’s End
Other shows will only have a few seasons available, such as:
- Boardwalk Empire
- True Blood
Now, you’re probably wondering (like me) about Game of Thrones, which is arguably HBO’s most valuable show right now. They conveniently left the fantasy series out of the statement, even when listing the shows that will be eventually be available as time goes on (Girls, Veep, etc.)
It’s an odd choice when you consider how quick people are these days to simply pirating these shows online, and it would appear that HBO GO is essentially teaming up with Amazon in this case, so why not provide this value to the service? It’s like they don’t want to actually defeat Netflix…
Maybe I’m being too harsh, though. It’s possible that HBO simply doesn’t want to commit to gambling such a profitable show until they’re more confident in the value of Amazon Prime’s subscribers, which is absolutely fair.
Will this make you want to get Amazon Prime? (I already have it, so I’m biased)
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