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HBO and Amazon Agree To Exclusive Deal To Bring HBO Shows To Amazon Prime

Today Amazon and HBO announced a multi-year deal to bring HBO content exclusively to Amazon Prime members.

The statement reads “The collection includes award-winning shows such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers, John Adams and more. Previous seasons of other HBO shows, such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will become available over the course of the multi-year agreement, approximately three years after airing on HBO.

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

“Amazon has built a wonderful service—we are excited to have our programming made available to their vast customer base and believe the exposure will create new HBO subscribers,” said Charles Schreger, President of Programming Sales for HBO.

“As owners of our original programming, we have always sought to capitalize on that investment. Given our longstanding relationship with Amazon, we couldn’t think of a better partner to entrust with this valuable collection,” said Glenn Whitehead, Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, who along with Schreger headed up HBO’s negotiating team. “We’re also excited to bring HBO GO to Amazon’s Fire TV. The features like unified voice search will provide a compelling experience for HBO customers.”

Clearly HBO sees this as a chance to slow down Netflix growth and success as a content creator. The question is how many people will switch away from Netflix original and new content for 3 year old content.

You can read the full press release here.

11 Responses to HBO and Amazon Agree To Exclusive Deal To Bring HBO Shows To Amazon Prime

  1. Msoups April 23, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    How will series that went off air years ago and seasons from years gone by help free consumers from cable companies? I still won’t be able to watch next Sundays Game Of Thrones or next seasons True Blood without cable. Or am I missing something?

  2. Michelle April 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Finally, some use for my Amazon TV Prime account!

  3. Aaron April 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    I’m sure 90% of people who read this article leave thinking, “yes, but what about game of thrones?”

    This is a step in the right direction, but it’s undervaluing the streaming market. Online streaming should not be for old content or substandard new content. Streaming is the primary way many people watch television anymore.

    Eventually things will have to change.

    • lebron james April 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

      amen to that brotha!

  4. CordCutterForum April 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Yeah have to say I agree with the rest of the commenters. Cord cutters already have access to old HBO shows. Making them available to stream on their Fire TVs, or Rokus more easily is a step in the right direction but not a game changer in the slightest.

    • Luke April 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

      I think it is a huge step honestly. What this dose is make it more acceptable for other companies like CBS who has been a hold out to jump into streaming in a more meaningful way.

      • Msoups April 23, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

        Maybe, but HBO in particular has been pretty good about making their content available. Hell, they’ve encouraged account sharing. The only thing that will push cbs, fox, nbc etc is when one of them takes the step.

        • Luke April 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

          I think its clear Fox is the leader has taken that step. Putting their shows up on Hulu, Fox.com, FoxNow, and other sites. If anyone is pushing online of the big 4 it is FOX.

  5. Greg Smith April 24, 2014 at 12:30 am #

    So excited to see this headline until I read the details and my favorite all-time show was not listed. My enthusiasm for this news has now been officially curbed. Well played, HBO.

  6. John G. April 24, 2014 at 2:04 am #

    You don’t need to switch them off of netflix, you can afford netflix AND amazon prime, but this is a step closer to cancelling cable subscriptions. HBO sees the writing on the wall, and once they move purely to a la carte, others will too. Eventually we will have the channels we want, and the others will die off.

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