Amazon Adds HBO Content To Prime Instant Video
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.21.2014
Including Boardwalk Empire...
Variety reports that Amazon is now streaming several HBO shows on Prime Instant Video as part of their exclusive deal with the network that was announced last month. It includes shows that aired on HBO three or more years ago, including all seasons of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Six Feet Under, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords. Amazon Prime members can also view select seasons of True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and Treme that are at least three years old.
Other content includes miniseries (Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams, Parade's End, Angels in America), original movies (Mary and Martha, Temple GrandinYou Don't Know Jack, original comedy specials (Louis CK, Ellen DeGeners, Lewis Black, Bill Maher) and documentaries (When The Levees Broke, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib).
Amazon will pay at least $200 million to HBO and as much as $400 million over the life of the deal. Netflix did not make a bid for HBO content (nor was it offered to them), according to Netflix CFO David Wells.
Amazon director of digital video content acquisition Brad Beale said: "We're thrilled to deliver this collection of groundbreaking, beloved content from HBO to Amazon Prime members for unlimited streaming at no additional cost."
The programming is only available to US Prime members. It doesn't include new and future shows, which means True Detective and Silicon Valley will not be coming to Prime as part of the current deal. HBO also hasn't licensed Game of Thrones. Shows with US syndication deals (Sex and the City, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm) are also not included. Amazon does plan to bring more shows once they hit the three year window, including Girls, The Newsroom and Veep. Amazon Fire TV will also get HBO Go later this year.
This is part of Amazon's attempt to compete with Netflix in the streaming video business. Other exclusive TV deals for Amazon include Fox's 24 and 24: Live Another Day, CBS's Under the Dome, PBS's Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, FX's The Americans and Justified, BBC America's Orphan Black, TNT's Falling Skies, NBC's Hannibal and MTV's Teen Wolf.