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Amazon and HBO tango for Prime video streaming

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140423104912-amazon-fire-hbo-go-620xaAmazon has been doing some pretty weird stuff lately, whether it’s developing delivery drones, avoiding sales taxes, or its owner buying the Washington Post.

However, the company announced a new deal Wednesday that makes a lot more sense: Amazon is partnering up with HBO to give the Amazon Prime members a little extra bang for their extra twenty bucks.

HBO has agreed to give Amazon the rights to make some of their harder hitting and popular shows available to Prime members, marking the first time the network’s shows will be available legally to non-HBO subscribers. These includes such classics as The Sopranos, The Wire and Deadwood, as well as newer shows like Girls, although HBO will maintain a three-year window before new episodes are available on Amazon.

Also, Game of Thrones was not announced as part of the deal.

Let’s face it, cable television is on its way out and streaming your favorite shows is more than on its way in. With providers like Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Instant Video raking in the profits, it would make sense that HBO would want to get in on the action.

So what about HBO Go? Well, that still exists and will continue to exist until HBO throws too much money into it. Until that time, folks are being given a plethora of ways to watch their favorite episodes of Treme, even if this seems like a sneak   attack by Amazon and HBO. Who know what other fiendish plans they’re hatching.

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