HBO shows aren't the easiest ones to get our hands on, but Amazon has snagged a deal that should make doing so easier for Prime subscribers. Starting today, customers in the US will have access to all seasons of several HBO series (such as The Sopranos, The Wire, and Flight of the Conchords) and select seasons of several others (True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, for example). HBO has also aired several mini-series over the years (Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific, etc.), and Prime subscribers will now have access to them as well.
In addition to shows, this arrangement will provide Amazon Prime Instant Video with movies such as Mary and Martha, Temple Grandin, and You Don’t Know Jack. These are joined by comedy specials from the likes of Louis CK, Ellen DeGeneres, and Lewis Black. Current content, such as Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, don't make the list. For those, you will still need to fire up HBO Go (but at least that runs on Android).
More details are available in the press release below.
HBO Programming Including The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, The Wire, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Big Love, Rome and More, Now Available on Prime Instant Video
Amazon Prime members now have exclusive online-only subscription streaming access to award-winning HBO original shows, films, miniseries, documentaries and specials at no additional cost to their membership
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2014-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the highly-anticipated arrival of the first wave of HBO programming on Prime Instant Video. Prime members in the US now have access to a collection of popular HBO shows, including critically-acclaimed classics and recent hits, original films, comedy specials and miniseries. The following titles are now available to Prime members for unlimited streaming, making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription streaming service to offer these shows:
- 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
- Select seasons of current series such as True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and Treme
- Epic miniseries, including Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams, Parade’s End and Angels in America
- Hit original movies like Mary and Martha, Temple Grandin and You Don’t Know Jack
- Hilarious original comedy specials from Louis CK, Ellen DeGeneres, Lewis Black and Bill Maher
- Pedigreed documentaries including When the Levees Broke, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and the Autopsy and Iceman series
“We’re thrilled to deliver this collection of groundbreaking, beloved content from HBO to Amazon Prime members for unlimited streaming at no additional cost,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “Given the number of customers who purchase these titles from Amazon, we know how much customers love these shows. We are excited to bring them to Prime members—we think they are going to love them, whether they are experiencing them for the first time or re-discovering them from the beginning.”
Amazon’s exclusive licensing agreement with HBO will continue to add more shows to Prime Instant Video in coming years, bringing new seasons of current series as well as early seasons of other current shows like Girls, The Newsroom and Veep to Prime members over the life of the deal. Those who are not already members of Amazon Prime can sign up at www.amazon.com/primeinstantvideo.
In addition, HBO GO will become available on Amazon Fire TV later this year. Amazon Fire TV is the best way to enjoy unlimited access to over 40,000 Prime Instant Video movies and TV episodes on HDTV, including Amazon exclusives like Downton Abbey, Justified, and Under the Dome. Amazon Fire TV also offers easy and instant access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, SHOWTIME, low-cost video rentals, and much more. Meet Amazon Fire TV at www.amazon.com/FireTV.
Prime Instant Video Exclusives
Prime Instant Video is the exclusive online-only subscription home for a large and constantly-expanding selection of hit shows, such as PBS series Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, FX dramas The Americans and Justified, as well as Orphan Black, Falling Skies, Hannibal, Grimm, Workaholics, Suits, Covert Affairs and Teen Wolf. Other hit TV series exclusives include 24, Veronica Mars, CBS summer blockbuster series Under the Dome and later this summer, Extant. Prime Instant Video also offers an exclusive collection of kids shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. that customers won’t find on any other online subscription service, including favorites like SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Blue’s Clues, and The Bubble Guppies. And Amazon’s first original series Alpha House and Betas are available exclusively on Prime Instant Video.
Customers can enjoy Prime Instant Video titles on hundreds of compatible Amazon Instant Video devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation and the Wii. Prime Instant Video is the only U.S. online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on a plane, on vacation, and anywhere else where you may not have Wi-Fi. Customers can download tens of thousands of Prime Instant Video titles to their new Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Fire HDX.