Amazon adding HBO content to Prime Streaming
April 23, 2014 | 4:25 pm
By Juli Monroe
Here’s some good news for you Amazon Prime members. Some older HBO content is going to be added to Prime Streaming. This is the first time HBO programming has been licensed to an online streaming service, so it is a pretty big deal.
No, you won’t be getting Game of Thrones, but there’s still some good content being added. From the release:
Beginning May 21, Amazon Prime members will have unlimited streaming access to:
- All seasons of revered classics such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under, and of recent favorites such as Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords
- Epic miniseries, including Angels in America, Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Parade’s End
- Select seasons of current series such as Boardwalk Empire, Treme and True Blood
- Hit original movies like Game Change, Too Big To Fail and You Don’t Know Jack
- Pedigreed documentaries including the Autopsy and Iceman series, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and When the Levees Broke
- Hilarious original comedy specials from Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK and Bill Maher
The multi-year deal will bring additional seasons of the current series named above, along with early seasons of other series like Girls, The Newsroom and Veep to Prime members over the life of the deal.
But that’s not all. Have you ordered your Fire TV? The HBO GO app will be added to it by the end of the year.
Why no Game of Thrones? The release didn’t mention a reason, but it’s likely that the show is too valuable for HBO to “give away” as part of Prime Streaming.
I’m pretty happy about it. I’ve been wanting to watch Deadwood for some time now, but I’ve been busy with other shows. The end of May is perfect. All the shows I watch will be winding up for their summer hiatus, and Deadwood will keep me busy until fall.