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Guys, the final piece of the puzzle is now in place: Amazon just announced that FireTV will be getting HBO GO. Since it launched without the service, it raised the question of whether it would ever be available to FireTV users; it looks like Amazon was just busy inking the deal with HBO, because there's actually even more to this story than that.

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Not only will GO be coming to FireTV, but Amazon now has exclusive multi-year rights to certain HBO shows that will be available on Prime Instant Video. This marks the first time HBO has loosened its deathgrip on its own content, allowing it to be streamed on an outside service. Of course, the newest stuff out there will still remain exclusive to HBO and HBO GO; only certain shows will be on Instant Video, with certain seasons of those shows making the cut. Users can expect the following:

  • The Sopranos
  • Six Feet Under
  • The Wire
  • Big Love
  • Deadwood
  • Eastbound & Down
  • Family Tree
  • Enlightened
  • Treme
  • Band of Brothers
  • John Adams
  • Early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood
  • ...and more.

According to the PR, it sounds like "early seasons" can be described as anything that is older than three years. Shows like Girls, The Newsroom, and Veep will also be making their way to Prime Instant Video eventually, also after hitting the three-year mark.

The first HBO shows will begin making their way to Amazon's video service beginning on May 21, though it sounds like users will have to wait a lot longer to get HBO GO on FireTV – that's slated to happen sometime "before year's end." Good thing you have a Chromecast, right?

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 23, 2014-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement withHBO, making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming. 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. The first wave of content will arrive on Prime Instant Video May 21. This is the first time thatHBO programming has been licensed to an online-only subscription streaming service. This programming will remain on all HBOplatforms.

In addition, HBO GO will become available on Fire TV, targeting a launch by year-end. HBO GO is HBO’s authenticated streaming service offering subscribers instant access to over 1,700 titles online including every episode of new and classic HBO series, as well as HBOoriginal films, miniseries, sports, documentaries, specials and a wide selection of blockbuster movies.

“HBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking, beloved and award-winning shows in television history, with more than 115 Emmys amongst the assortment of shows coming to Prime members next month,” said Brad Beale, Director of Content Acquisition for Amazon. “HBO original content is some of the most-popular across Amazon Instant Video—our customers love watching these shows. Now Prime members can enjoy a collection of great HBO shows on an unlimited basis, at no additional cost to their Prime membership.”

“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 withAmazon, 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.”

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.

Earlier this month, Amazon introduced Fire TV, a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV for easy and instant access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, SHOWTIME, low-cost video rentals, and much more. Fire TV also brings photos, music, and games to the living room. Meet Amazon Fire TV at www.amazon.com/FireTV.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • S_Dot

    HBO needs to stop the dick tease, and allow us to subscribe directly without a cable package. This is a good win for Amazon, though. Although they are all old shows. I will be re-watching The Wire.

    • Matthew Fry

      Comcast probably pays HBO to not just like Comcast pays off everything they don't want to happen.

  • runderekrun

    yawn...

  • http://www.NickSaulino.com Nick Saulino

    We really need to get that Amazon Instant Video app working on non-Amazon Android devices. Amazon Instant Video for Google TV doesn't count.

    • Mark

      Until then, they will continue to get creamed by Netflix, despite having the better library.

    • Chris

      The roku media stick has amazon instant video. I think this gives it another big point over the chromecast

    • ddh819

      i'd like to have it on my nexus 7 too, but i think i actually have 6 devices that have amazon instant video (not including PCs)

      • Mike Harris

        Although I've never used it, I have it available on all my newer Samsung TVs. I think I might have it on my newer LG TV as well. Amazon is the one streaming service that I don't have, but based on these comments, it sounds like something I should look into.

    • ddpacino

      Amazon's not having that. At all.

  • jp-

    I wonder if these are going to be available in Germany as well. I highly doubt it though. Or maybe just the dubbed version. Ugh.

    • h4rr4r

      VPN is your friend.
      Lots of solutions out there.

  • Blane Stroud

    I bet Netflix murdered some people trying to ink this deal themselves.

  • Matthew Fry

    GoT or gtfo.

    • lljktechnogeek

      At least you're getting The Wire. That's one of the best shows on HBO GO right now.

  • Kevin Aaronson

    I thought these shows were already on amazon video to purchase, does this mean they will be on amazon prime? Prime is nowhere in the article so I guess they aren't coming to prime and weren't previously on amazon instant?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Yes, Prime.

      • Kevin Aaronson

        Thanks for the clarification!

    • ddh819

      the PR says some will be on prime

      • Kevin Aaronson

        Thanks!

  • andy_o

    Anyone knows if any of these boxes is able to output at 24 Hz?

  • Mike Harris

    I just want to know why there's no HBO GO on the Xbox One, even though it's been on Xbox360 for years.

  • solbin

    Get that Game of Thrones picture off the article. Unless they specifically say that the show is included it seems like you are spreading false information.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      wat

      Game of Thrones is on HBO GO...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      From what I understand, you're talking about Amazon Prime Instant Video, whereas the picture is of the HBO Go app that will be coming to Fire TV.

      As far as I understand, HBO Go will have the full catalog, the same as the one available to HBO Go subscribers now, but Amazon Prime Instant Video may not.

  • primalxconvoy

    This will be sideloaded to Ouya for sure.