Could this be the beginning of the end of Cable’s hold on HBO? We’ve just learned of a new licensing agreement between Amazon and HBO makes Prime Instant Video for the exclusive online-only subscription home for a range of HBO programming, including previous seasons of True Blood.
This means that you can get your True Blood streamed to your favorite device without a cable subscription! This is huge since HBO has never streamed their content other than on their own HBO GO!
So, for the first time ever, HBO series such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of True Blood and Boardwalk Empire as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers, John Adams and more will be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Previous seasons of other HBO shows, such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will become available over the course of the multiyear agreement, approximately three years after airing on HBO.
This is also the first time that HBO programming has been licensed to an online-only subscription streaming service. This programming will remain on all HBO platforms. Additionally, HBO GO will become available on Fire TV, targeting a launch by year-end.
“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, the 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, the 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, the executive VP of business and legal affairs at HBO. “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 andFlight 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.