HBO has forged an exclusive long-term licensing deal with Amazon’s streaming service Prime Instant Video. The first wave of content will arrive on Amazon Prime on May 21st.
The deal makes it the exclusive online-only subscription home for hundreds of hours of HBO programming including classic series like “The Sopranos,” “Deadwood,” “The Wire” and “Six Feet Under” along with the networks frequently award collection of mini-series, TV movies, documentaries and comedy specials.
There’s conditions though. Previous seasons of current shows such as “Veep,” “The Newsroom” and “Girls” will become available on the service but only approximately three years after they have aired on HBO. Thus some long-running and currently still on the air series like “Boardwalk Empire,” “Treme” and “True Blood” will only make their earliest seasons available.
Various major series are NOT part of the deal including its biggest series “Game of Thrones,” cementing what many expected – the network has no intention of bringing the big-budget fantasy series to any SVOD service like Amazon or Netflix for many years, most likely not until the show is finished and long over.
New and future shows, such as the recently launched “True Detective” and “Silicon Valley,” aren’t part of the agreement, nor is classic shows like “Sex and the City,” “Entourage” or “Curb Your Enthusiasm” due to them being tied up in U.S. syndication deals.