Better watch out, Netflix—there's another fish swimming in your stream.
Amazon Prime Instant Video proudly announced Wednesday morning that fans can now enjoy many of HBO's hit series that are typically only reserved for the premium cable elite. This is the first time HBO has licensed its content to a streaming subscription service.
Beginning on May 21, the exclusive deal will give Amazon Prime subscribers access to critically acclaimed series such as The Sopranos and The Wire, as well as select seasons of current shows, including Veep, Girls and True Blood. In addition, HBO Go will become available on Amazon's Fire TV service by year's end.
"HBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking, beloved, and award-winning shows in television history, with more than 115 Emmys amongst the assortment of shows coming to Prime members next month," said Brad Beale, director of content acquisition for Amazon.
Per Wednesday's press release, "The collection includes award-winning shows such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers, John Adams and more. Previous seasons of other HBO shows, such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will become available over the course of the multi-year agreement, approximately three years after airing on HBO."
Although this list covers a wide array of HBO's most popular series, there are a few noticeable absences form Amazon Prime's repertoire. Sex and the City, Entourage, Game of Thrones and Curb Your Enthusiasm were not included in the list of acquired shows.