Yesterday, April 23, 2014, HBO and Amazon announced that Amazon Prime members will be able to watch much of HBO’s back catalog of content as part of their Prime membership, beginning on May 21, 2014.
This is outstanding news for Prime subscribers, as they will have free access to critically-acclaimed content such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Deadwood, Six Feet Under and more.
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If you do not have a Prime membership, but have been thinking about getting one, then consider a free 30-day trial (view on Amazon) to test it out. You get access to all of Amazon Prime’s streaming videos, plus free two-day shipping on anything sold by Amazon.
Amazon Prime’s streaming video catalog has been growing at an impressive rate since its inception, and now boasts a selection that rivals what you will find on Netflix. Previously video streamers would need to place more emphasis on the Amazon Prime two-day shipping to justify choosing Prime over Netflix, but now that choice can be made, justifiably, on content alone.
The announcement of HBO content on Amazon did come with one unfortunate piece of information, though. Game of Thrones is not one of the shows that will be included, so you will still either need an HBO subscription, or you will need to purchase episodes to be able to watch it.
Amazon Prime content can be watched on your television with a number of different devices, including a Roku, the newly announced Amazon Fire TV, assorted video game consoles, the Apple TV via Airplay, or a computer connected to a TV via an HDMI cable. There are also Amazon Prime apps available for iOS and Android, so you can watch videos on your phone or tablet, too.
Read HBO and Amazon’s press release to learn more about the content that will be included on Amazon Prime.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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