News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 23, 2014.
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HBO and Amazon have entered into a rather unique partnership. For the first time, people will be able to access some HBO shows through an online-only subscription. Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers will be able to watch some of HBO's classic shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Eastbound & Down, and more. Other shows like Girls, True Blood, and Veep will be included later. The deal does not include current season runs of new shows, so don't think this is a way to keep up on Game of Thrones without borrowing someone's HBO Go account. The licensing deal kicks off May 21 and will include:
- All seasons of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under, and of recent favorites such as Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords
- Some seasons of Boardwalk Empire, Treme, and True Blood
- Numerous stand-up comedy specials, original movies, documentaries, and mini-series like Band of Brothers
In order to keep up with current HBO shows, someone would still need HBO Go and a current cable subscription. To that end, HBO has promised to deliver an HBO Go app for Amazon's Fire TV later this year. When the app launches, Fire TV's voice search to find and play specific shows will be included.source: Amazon
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