Amazon, HBO Team up to Bring HBO Content to Prime Members
April 23, 2014 11:36 AM
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Amazon and HBO team up for a multi-year content agreement that will make HBO content available to Amazon Prime members.
Amazon Prime Instant Video members will have access to HBO content, after the two companies signed a multi-year licensing agreement. The first wave of HBO shows and mini-series will be available starting on May 21, and content will continually be introduced in the coming years.
The licensing deal includes access to “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Six Feet Under,” “Big Love,” “Deadwood,” “Family Tree,” “Enlightened,” “Eastbound & Down,” “True Blood,” and “Treme” will be available – and previous series of HBO shows will roll out as the multi-year agreement progresses.
“As owners of our original programming, we have always sought to capitalize on that investment,” said Gleen Whitehead, HBO Executive VP of Business and Legal Affairs, in a press statement. “Given our longstanding relationship with Amazon, we couldn’t think of a better partner to entrust with this valuable collection. We’re also excited to bring HBO GO to Amazon’s Fire TV. The features like unified voice search will provide a compelling experience for HBO customers.”
Shows such as “Sex and the City,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Entourage” won’t be available due to custom TV syndication deals, however.
Along with HBO content, the Amazon Fire TV will have access to HBO GO by the end of the year, according to both companies.
As more companies try to appease consumers watching online and streaming content, custom partnerships are likely to be commonplace.
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RE: Game of Thrones
4/23/2014 2:03:17 PM
I know, right? It's painful to have so many avenues to watch TV programs these days, and have one producer of one good show totally flout the whole system. As far as I'm concerned, HBO is just asking to be pirated these days.
As far as reading the books first, I don't recommend it. The books are great, certainly, but in this case, they are so faithful to the books that it is really more fun to watch rather than read. Watch first and read second with this one. I've read all 5 books available right now, and they're great, but the show is so much better than reading it.
RE: Game of Thrones
4/25/2014 4:28:46 PM
I don't agree with that at all. I started reading the books in the middle of season 1 and it was a tough read because I "knew" what was going to happen. The first season finished before I finished the first book so I can certainly speak to what I feel was the better experience of the two; ie. knowing vs. not knowing. I wholeheartedly support reading the books before the show. The anticipation I feel for things to come and gratification I get after they do is far better than the feeling of shock I got from seeing it in the show. This is especially true since I already got the shock factor from reading what happens first time. Being shocked by the visual stimuli first can take so much away from the reading experience. If you truly want to enjoy the show and the book then definitely read first. If you aren't interested in reading the books then watching the show is still great too.
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