Amazon Channels Adds HBO and Cinemax


Amazon Prime has been making it easier and easier for viewers to cut the cord over the past year. Thanks to the Amazon Channels add-on subscriptions, Prime customers could build an a la carte streaming library with access to content from cable networks like Showtime and Starz. Now, however, Amazon has landed the white whale: HBO is now available through Amazon Channels (and Cinemax, too).

Amazon Prime’s streaming library has included access to older HBO content for a while now, so subscribers could binge The Wire, Sopranos, or Deadwood to their heart’s content. The lineup, however, didn’t include hot newer series like Game of Thrones, True Detective, and Westworld. Now Amazon Channels, now all those and more are officially on the menu…but it’ll cost you.

According to Amazon’s press release, adding a full HBO subscription to your Prime Channels catalog will cost $14.99 a month…which is, not coincidentally, exactly what it would cost for a standalone HBO Now subscription. I can’t imagine anyone was expecting a Prime discount, given how popular HBO is, but there’s something to be said for the convenience of bundling HBO in with the Amazon app. Prime subscribers who just want to sample HBO’s wares even get a free 30-day trial before the monthly fee kicks in. That should be plenty of time to catch up on Game of Thrones if you clear your schedule…

For viewers more interested in a Cinemax subscription, that will only run you $9.99 a month. While those who haven’t been paying attention to Cinemax for the past several years might now be smirking at the thought of a “Skinemax” sub, the network has amassed a solid lineup of original series. From the crime drama of Banshee to the Peabody Award-winning period drama of The Knick, Cinemax has plenty worth binging. There’s even a show you probably didn’t know existed from the creator of The Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman’s Outcast).

For comparison’s sake, Amazon Channels subscriptions for Showtime or Starz cost $8.99 per month.

In the press release, Michael Paull, Vice President, Digital Video, Amazon, said:

HBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking, beloved and award-winning shows in television history. Their selection of blockbuster movies is unsurpassed, including hits like Batman vs. Superman, The Revenant, and Deadpool. And, our customers have been asking when all that wonderful content will be available on Amazon Channels. Prime members can now watch the latest episodes of the critically-acclaimed Westworld and Game of Thrones without the need for a cable subscription. We’re thrilled to work with HBO to bring their cutting-edge content to Amazon Prime members with Amazon Channels.

The full Amazon Channels lineup can be found here.