When it comes to its original content HBO is known for keeping a tight grip. Most major networks have inked deals with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, letting their subscribers access TV shows, documentaries and more on demand. HBO has almost always kept itself away, but recently it teamed up with Amazon to open some of its content for streaming. Today the first cache of HBO shows on Amazon Prime has gone live.
Amazon Prime members will now be able to stream a selection of HBO shows, miniseries, films, documentaries and specials for no extra charge. To ensure that all the new content doesn’t get lost in its massive library Amazon has developed a separate HBO Collection page which lists all of the available titles.
Full seasons of some of the most popular HBO shows are on offer, including but not limited to The Sopranos, The Wire, Rome and more. Amazon Prime subscribers will also have access to select seasons of current shows like Boardwalk Empire, True Blood and Treme. Comedy specials from Louis CK and Ellen DeGeneres are also available.
Since Amazon has signed an exclusive deal with HBO, its possible that the cable juggernaut will hold off on any similar deal with any other streaming provider at least for the foreseeable future. The company promises that other popular shows like Veep and The Newsroom will also be added soon.