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Amazon Prime Makes Exclusive Multi-Year Deal to Stream HBO Classic Series

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 23, 2014 at 1:10PM

Amazon and Netflix are in an intense race for premium content. Now Inc. has nabbed HBO. People have speculated about when and how HBO would make its wealth of programming available to consumers on a wider basis separate from its bundled arrangement with the cable companies.
Paula Malcomson in "Deadwood"
Paula Malcomson in "Deadwood"

Beginning May 21, Amazon Prime members will have unlimited streaming access to:

-          All seasons of revered classics such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under, and of recent favorites such as Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords

-          Epic miniseries, including Angels in America, Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Parade’s End

-          Select seasons of current series such as Boardwalk Empire, Treme and True Blood

-          Hit original movies like Game Change, Too Big To Fail and You Don’t Know Jack

-          Pedigreed documentaries including the Autopsy and Iceman series, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and When the Levees Broke

-          Hilarious original comedy specials from Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK and Bill Maher

Already available on Amazon Prime Instant Video are PBS series "Downton Abbey" and "Mr. Selfridge," CBS's "Under the Dome" and "Extant," Fox's "24," Warner Bros.' "Veronica Mars," BBC America's "Orphan Black," FX's "The Americans" and "Justified," and more. Prime Instant Video also offers kids shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., including "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Dora the Explorer," "Team Umizoomi," "Blue’s Clues," and "The Bubble Guppies." Airing now, Amazon’s first original series "Alpha House" and "Betas" can be found exclusively on Prime Instant Video as well. To sign up for Amazon Prime Instant Video, visit 

Amazon Prime members can access will episodes on compatible Amazon Instant Video devices, including Fire TV, Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation and the Wii. Prime Instant Video is the only U.S. online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on a plane, on vacation, and anywhere else where you may not have Wi-Fi. Customers can download tens of thousands of Prime Instant Video titles to their new Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Fire HDX.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.