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In the latest, and perhaps most surprising, news coming out of the continual battle between Amazon Prime and Netflix for television and film streaming superiority, Amazon Prime has announced that it has inked a deal with HBO to bring numerous HBO television series and films to its streaming service beginning in May.
Under the terms of the deal, Amazon Prime gains the right to stream HBO television show, miniseries, and specials that are at least three years old. This means that those who do not have access to HBOGo (HBO’s streaming service for those who subscribe to its television cable package- or who know someone willing to hand over their account information) will now be able to watch such classic HBO fare as The Wire, The Sopranos, and Deadwood. However, this does not mean that Amazon Prime members will have access to shows such as Game of Thrones or Silicon Valley. Also not included are Sex and the City, Entourage, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, which already have syndication deals.
Some of HBO’s current programming line-up, namely Girls and Veep, are included in the deal, but won’t have episodes available until three years in the future. While this deal will certainly bring a great deal of exposure to Amazon Prime, it still isn’t the cure-all that non-HBO subscribers may have been hoping for. The classic HBO shows will begin streaming on May 21st.