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Amazon signs exclusive deal to stream HBO shows


In the ongoing streaming wars, Amazon just scored a major coup over rivals like Netflix and Hulu: Beginning next month, their Amazon Prime service will begin streaming a wide variety of HBO programming.

A press release reports that Amazon will have the exclusive rights to stream "all seasons of revered classics such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, and Six Feet Under, and recent favorites such as Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, and Flight of the Conchords," along with "select seasons" of current shows like Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. The deal also extends to miniseries like Band of Brothers and John Adams, and original movies like Game Change and You Don't Know Jack.

The deal comes with one big omission: Game of Thrones, which has been excluded because it's "so valuable to the network." Due to conflicting syndication deals, Sex and the City, Entourage, and Curb Your Enthusiasm won't be included either. Still, this is huge news for anyone who hasn't been able to track down their roommate's parents' HBO Go password yet.