Amazon adding HBO shows to Instant Video

Add HBO to the growing selection of programming available on Amazon's streaming service Instant Video.

The company announced a multi-year deal with HBO to host several television series, including The Sopranos, The Wire and Deadwood. Earlier seasons of current shows such as Girls, Veep and The Newsroom will also be available, although HBO's biggest hit, Game of Thrones, is absent.

The first HBO programs will appear on Instant Video on May 21.

"HBO original content is some of the most-popular across Amazon Instant Video — our customers love watching these shows," says Brad Beale, Amazon's director of content acquisition, in a statement.

Amazon also announced its newly-revealed Fire TV set-top box will add the HBO Go app later this year.

Amazon has a similar content arrangement with Showtime, featuring older series such as The Tudors and The L Word.

The Instant Video library is available to customers with a subscription to Amazon Prime. The company recently raised prices on the service from $79 a year to $99.


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