Amazon Inks Deal To Bring HBO Shows To Prime & Fire TV


Amazon has inked a deal with HBO to bring popular shows like True Blood and The Wire to Prime Instant Video subscribers without an HBO subscription. The deal will also see an HBO GO app brought to the new Amazon Fire TV, but it’ll be exclusive to customers in the U.S.

Until now, the only way to watch HBO shows was with an HBO subscription — but Amazon just changed all that. Starting May 21, Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to watch a whole host of HBO shows through Prime Instant Video.

Some of the titles available from day one include The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Rome, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords; and select seasons of Boardwalk Empire, True Blood and Treme.

Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will also be added as they pass the three-year mark that makes them eligible for HBO GO.

This makes Amazon Prime an even better buy, despite its recent price increase to $100 a year — particularly when you consider the cost of an HBO subscription. It also makes the $99 Fire TV — it received criticism at launch for not having an HBO GO app — an even better set-top box.