If you’ve been using Amazon to watch classic HBO shows, you won’t be able to for much longer. HBO will likely pull the channel’s library from Amazon Prime Video once their agreement ends in mid-2018.
That is because the company is going all-in on HBO Now. It wants to take advantage of the “enormous momentum” of Now signups through Amazon Channels, as well as sales through future owner AT&T’s DirecTV Now. Why stream elsewhere when you have your own gig? The deal lasted a while and ran its course.
The original agreement from 2014 gave access to a bunch of big HBO shows 3 years after they wrapped (The Sopranos and The Wire for instance) at a time when Amazon’s productions were just getting off the ground. Which helped them a lot. Well today neither company needs this deal as much. Both are doing their own thing. Even though this isn’t good news for viewers.
If you only wanted watch a few HBO shows you have to pay for a separate service. And this also means that Amazon won’t get ongoing or just-ended series like Game of Thrones, Girls or Westworld, because of that 3 year agreement. You’ll have to have both or choose which service you want now. You can’t have it all in one place anymore.
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