Amazon Seals Exclusive Licensing Deal With HBO, Full Seasons Of Popular Shows Headed To Prime Instant Video

Amazon has announced a successful multi-year licensing deal with HBO thus dramatically increasing the overall value of their Amazon Prime Video subscription. The announcement came this morning and the deal is exclusive so competitors like Netflix or Hulu Plus won't be able to steal their thunder. Amazon Prime subscribers who aren't in the U.S. will be unable to access content from this deal as it is only valid for the US subscribers.

This type of agreement means Amazon Prime Video will be getting access to full seasons of the following shows in the near future for no extra cost:

  • The Sopranos
  • Six Feet Under
  • The Wire
  • Big Love
  • Deadwood
  • Eastbound & Down
  • Family Tree
  • Enlightened
  • Treme
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • True Blood
  • Band of Brothers (mini-series)
  • John Adams (mini-series)
  • Girls (will be included in the future)
  • The Newsroom (will be included in the future)
  • Veep (will be included in the future)

The first wave of HBO content will be pushed to the Prime Video service starting May 21st. This deal will not affect the HBO GO streaming service, it will just offer a separate resource for HBO fans to access their favorite shows from the network. This deal also will bring an HBO GO app to Amazon's new Fire TV in the near future.

This is a positive move coming from the Amazon camp after their recent decision to increase the Prime membership costs by $20.

Source: Variety
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