Amazon now has streaming rights to a number of HBO series and will make them available through Prime Instant Video starting May 21, the company said Wednesday.
In addition, Amazon said that it will add HBO Go to its recently launched streaming video box, Fire TV — “targeting a launch by year-end,” though it sounds as if it could happen later.
This is the first time that HBO has included its shows in an outside subscription streaming service — HBO content has never been available for streaming on Netflix. Prime Instant Video’s selection won’t be comparable to the content available through HBO Go, though, and new episodes aren’t included. Here’s what Prime members will get beginning May 21, per the release:
- 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
Some of HBO’s newer shows will also be available, with a substantial delay: “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.” Note that there’s no mention of Game of Thrones, or Sex and the City for that matter.
“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,” Charles Schreger, HBO president of programming sales, said in a statement.
Prime Instant Video is available to Amazon Prime members, who pay $99 per year for unlimited two-day shipping, streaming video and access to some ebooks. The company recently raised the price of Prime from $79, citing increased transportation and fuel costs, and said it would continue to build up its library of streaming TV and movies. Amazon will report its Q1 2014 earnings on Thursday.