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Amazon inks an exclusive deal with HBO

For there has been a battle among video streaming services. Amazon's Prime and Netflix have been two of the most predominate contenders as the two heavyweights have been throwing some hard hitting blows by signing high profile exclusives and originals shows. Amazon deals the latest blow when, on Wednesday, they announced an exclusive deal with HBO (home box office).

“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. “HBO original content is some of the most-popular across Amazon Instant Video—our customers love watching these shows. Now Prime members can enjoy a collection of great HBO shows on an unlimited basis, at no additional cost to their Prime membership.”

The deal, that starts on May 21, with the cable network will include the such highly talked about and critically acclaimed shows as “The Sopranos”, “True Blood”, “Deadwood” and “Six Feet Under” just to name a few. For shows such as “True Blood” that are still on going there is a three year delay. This means that Prime members will limited to seasons from 2011& earlier.

Last month Amazon announced that they would be increasing the price of their Prime Network by 10 dollars a year. With this deal Amazon is probably hoping that is will be enough of incentive for new members an those renewing to just paying the $89/year.

In a separate agreement, by the end of the year, the HBO GO app will be available on Amazon's new Fire TV that was released last month. Amazon's Fire TV is a digital box that can be connected to your HDTV that provides a large selection of media.

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