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Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

Fans of classic HBO shows like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.
By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writers Published: April 23, 2014
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Amazon gets HBO shows

Fans of classic HBO shows like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

Starting on May 21, Amazon Prime members — who pay $99 a year for streaming entertainment, two-day shipping and other perks— will be able to watch other older shows, such as “Six Feet Under,” “Big Love,” as well as early seasons of “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood.”

Past seasons of newer shows such as “Girls,” “The Newsroom” and “Veep” will also become available throughout the multi-year agreement, about three years after airing on HBO.

The exclusive deal also includes movies and original comedy specials. There was no mention of “Game of Thrones,” one of the most pirated shows in history.

Associated Press