Amazon Pries Loose Select HBO Programming for Prime Instant Video Streaming

Paul Lilly

Sopranos, Band of Brothers, and other HBO originals are coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video

Color us impressed with Amazon's negotiating skills. HBO has kept a tight grip on its content and doesn't care to have its shows streamed outside of its HBO Go application, which is only available to HBO subscribers, but for the first time, that's about to change. Amazon today announced it inked a content licensing agreement with HBO that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming.

Before you start jumping up and down thinking you'll finally get to see what all the fuss is about with Game of Thrones, the hit original series isn't part of the package -- drats! However, if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you will have access to some older award-winning shows -- Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, Band of Brothers, John Adams, and more.

Make no mistake, this is a huge win for Amazon in the streaming wars, and it comes right on the heels of its Fire TV set-top box launch (side note: HBO Go is coming to Fire TV).

Amazon says the first wave of content will arrive on Prime Instant Video May 21. As time goes on, more shows will be added to the mix -- Girls, The Newsroom, and Veep to name a few -- along with comedy specials featuring Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK, and Bill Maher.

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