Amazon Prime secures multi-year deal with HBO, will start streaming content on May 21st

Today, Amazon announced that it would be adding HBO content to its Amazon Prime streaming service in an exclusive multi-year deal. The new deal would bring classics like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire and more to the online subscription service. Amazon will begin releasing the first wave of content on May 21, 2014, with other content being released over the course of the multi-year deal. 

The initial wave of releases from Amazon on May 21st will include:

  • 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

This deal is the first of its kind giving Amazon a huge advantage over other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Later in the year, Amazon will also add HBO GO support to its newly released streaming box, Fire TV. Despite Amazon Prime's recent $20 price increase, it has continued to add value to its service by adding HBO content, Fox's 24 and Amazon Originals.

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That won't happen. Amazon is doing to appletv what they do to android make in incompatible with their streaming service to get people to buy their devices.

doomed! lol. old HBO shows and "select" old seasons everybody has seen aren't going to bring down Netflix anytime soon.

Plus really House of Cards >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Alpha house.
#dealwithit

This is great for Amazon but sucks for me as I only just use Netflix. I already have access to HBO Go though, so it doesn't bother me too much...yet. I just want Netflix to get rights to start streaming 'The Americans' and gain earlier access to more recent movies, while keeping a constant stream of Original Programming and I'll be fine.

TsMkLg068426 said,

Ummm it says Amazon Prime what do you think?

He's got a point. There's still plenty of stuff on Prime that they expect you to pay extra for. They keep that quiet.

earlcaulley said,
I think you guys are confusing Amazon Prime with Amazon Instant Video. If it says Prime then it's free for Primer users.

Nope, still plenty of stuff on Amazon Prime that as a prime member i still have to pay for.

MikeChipshop said,

Exactly my point. The point i was making directly to TsMkLg068426


Exactly the point I was making " it says Amazon Prime"<<<<if you can read that on Amazon next to the movie or whatever than it is prime. If you did not get what I was saying than you should stop using Amazon.

TsMkLg068426 said,


Exactly the point I was making " it says Amazon Prime"<<<<if you can read that on Amazon next to the movie or whatever than it is prime. If you did not get what I was saying than you should stop using Amazon.

Cut the attitude. It's neither big nor clever. If you have a point to make, then make it with a civil tongue.

MikeChipshop said,

Nope, still plenty of stuff on Amazon Instant Video that as a Prime member I still have to pay for.


I think this is what you mant to say.

why would they, they still want people to pay $20 a month for HBO. putting the A-lists titles on AP would drive down subscriber numbers

Edited by timster, Apr 23 2014, 8:42pm :

amazon would love it for nothing more than to bypass the cable companies and keep most of the cash themselves instead of subsidizing the dying cable model for they have huge losses to piracy due to the delays of cable broadcasting. Clearly HBO is moving in the more profitable direction of licensing its library to all the digital distribution companies as it would fight piracy the way iTunes did, and turn a bigger profit by letting Netflix and the others (amazon, iTunes, xbox) foot the bandwidth bill.

"revered classics" really made me chuckle. Anything a few years old automatically seems to become a "classic" nowadays in marketing speak, no matter what sort of turd it was.

Sopranos...classic. Deadwood...classic. Subjective sure, but these I would give the credit to. Most stuff though you're right, it's just old stuff with a better label.

Ive tried Amazon Prime twice in trying to ditch Netflix. It just doesn't work for me...its like Hulu only slightly better. Only thing that makes me envious of AP deal is Eastbound & Down, and Deadwood.

RadishTM said,
But no Game of Thrones?!

If Game of Thrones / True Detective / ongoing shows were included, their cable subscription numbers would take a nose dive. This is just a smart way to cash in on older titles and maybe test waters for having a standalone HBO Go one day.

vhaakmat said,
Waiting for Games of Thrones :(

This would seal any deal for me, anything so I wouldn't have to have comcast's TV package.

Nice. I'm guessing this is why Netflix is raising prices. In order to compete with Amazon's deep pockets. I can see Apple using their financial muscle soon also. I use Netflix, Amazon(Prime), and Apple TV here at home. Can't wait to reap the benefits of stiff competition.

JHBrown said,
Nice. I'm guessing this is why Netflix is raising prices. In order to compete with Amazon's deep pockets. I can see Apple using their financial muscle soon also. I use Netflix, Amazon(Prime), and Apple TV here at home. Can't wait to reap the benefits of stiff competition.

I didn't realize Amazon was so much more massive then Netflix.. Comparison of 2013 revenue

Amazon = $74.5 Billion
Netflix = $4.37 Billion

Lachlan said,
I didn't realize Amazon was so much more massive then Netflix.. Comparison of 2013 revenue

Amazon = $74.5 Billion
Netflix = $4.37 Billion

Why do people always care about revenue?

Netflix: 112.4M (2.57% margin)
Amazon: 274M (0.37% margin)

When it comes down to performance, Netflix does well. Amazon is just the master of volume. Of course we can't compare their prime "subscription" instant video streaming service numbers vs Netflix.

JHBrown said,
Nice. I'm guessing this is why Netflix is raising prices. In order to compete with Amazon's deep pockets. I can see Apple using their financial muscle soon also. I use Netflix, Amazon(Prime), and Apple TV here at home. Can't wait to reap the benefits of stiff competition.

I'd certainly pay more for Netflix to get access to the HBO catalogue.

Lachlan said,

I didn't realize Amazon was so much more massive then Netflix.. Comparison of 2013 revenue

Amazon = $74.5 Billion
Netflix = $4.37 Billion


You do realize that Amazon sells more products and services than Netflix does right?

You think that's impressive? Apple had something like $171 Billion. They can really heat things up in the streaming department if the wanted too.

Edited by JHBrown, Apr 23 2014, 6:28pm :

anothercookie said,


You do realize that Amazon sells more products and services than Netflix does right?

True! I believe Lachlan overlooked that.

Lachlan said,

I didn't realize Amazon was so much more massive then Netflix.. Comparison of 2013 revenue

Amazon = $74.5 Billion
Netflix = $4.37 Billion

Actually, Netflix will never be able to compete against Amazon if Amazon steps up in the content game. Netflix runs completely on Amazon's Web Services. Customers that go from Netflix to Amazon don't mean increased load for Amazon, it just means Amazon is cutting out the middle man (Netflix).

Ambroos said,
Actually, Netflix will never be able to compete against Amazon if Amazon steps up in the content game. Netflix runs completely on Amazon's Web Services. Customers that go from Netflix to Amazon don't mean increased load for Amazon, it just means Amazon is cutting out the middle man (Netflix).
The amount of assumptions you make about Amazon's capabilities/IP vs Netflix's capabilities/IP is kind of staggering. Regardless, Netflix could move to Azure if they found that the partnership with Amazon wasn't productive.

yup. and besides Netflix has way more traffic with way more titles and way better access. everything has Netflix. nearly nothing has amazon. I've even seen TVs with Netflix. crazy. Amazon is distracted down a million other fronts, and prime also has to cover shipping meaning amazon is basically too big and slow while Netflix can easily turn on a dime.

realistically both are going to be around for a long time and while this is a great thing, nothing precludes Netflix from getting the stuff that really matters:
game of thrones and current seasons. not select seasons of old shows everybody has watched.

this changes little, but it makes amazon prime video go from a utter waste of money to only slightly interesting. I still wouldn't pay a dime for it since it comes with the shipping benefit which is what I want. If amazon dropped the price on the shipping benefits and it meant I don't have amazon video, I'd be ok with that as I'm sure most people will.

neonspark said,
yup. and besides Netflix has way more traffic with way more titles and way better access. everything has Netflix. nearly nothing has amazon. I've even seen TVs with Netflix. crazy. Amazon is distracted down a million other fronts, and prime also has to cover shipping meaning amazon is basically too big and slow while Netflix can easily turn on a dime.

realistically both are going to be around for a long time and while this is a great thing, nothing precludes Netflix from getting the stuff that really matters:
game of thrones and current seasons. not select seasons of old shows everybody has watched.

this changes little, but it makes amazon prime video go from a utter waste of money to only slightly interesting. I still wouldn't pay a dime for it since it comes with the shipping benefit which is what I want. If amazon dropped the price on the shipping benefits and it meant I don't have amazon video, I'd be ok with that as I'm sure most people will.

This wasn't a debate on which one is better. I believe we all agree that this is good for everyone. Also the price of "Prime" is not expensive. Our household spends roughly $5000-$7000 a year at Amazon. We typically get our items delivered the next day or two depending on the distribution center. To top it off, Amazon's return policy trumps Newegg's when it comes to returning merchandise. I've returned a $1600 order to Amazon and they payed for the shipping. I returned a $90 Node 304 to Newegg, had to pay for shipping and a restocking fee. To sum it up, Amazon Prime is a bargain.

JHBrown said,
Nice. I'm guessing this is why Netflix is raising prices. In order to compete with Amazon's deep pockets. I can see Apple using their financial muscle soon also. I use Netflix, Amazon(Prime), and Apple TV here at home. Can't wait to reap the benefits of stiff competition.

Don't forget that Amazon raised their prices first. Wouldn't doubt that price hike had something to do with the amount of money they would invest into securing this deal.

dead.cell said,

Don't forget that Amazon raised their prices first. Wouldn't doubt that price hike had something to do with the amount of money they would invest into securing this deal.
That is true.