Amazon has added HBO and Cinemax to its group of partner channels referred to as Amazon Channels. The major premium networks will cost the same as the standalone apps HBO andCinimax Go, $14.99 and $9.99 respectively. The addition of HBO and Cinemax may appear to be
redundant considering that HBO Now is already available on streaming boxes like the Fire TV, Roku or Apple TV, but the innovative thing is that it allows users to combine put more bills in one place. Instead of having to add and or drop the service via the interface that they origionally signed up on as they do with “HBO Now” etc all of it will be in one place. It sort of replaces cable companies as the organizer or the services. It also means that HBO will be available to more customers who have the Amazon app on their smartTV’s. There are 650 compatible devices on the market at this point and would only be logical to expect that number to grow.
The truth is that while HBO Now has been met with a lot of enthusiasm it has not approached near the level of subscribers that Amazon Prime and Netflix enjoy, This exposes the idea of signing up for HBO outside of the standard pay TV ecosystem to millions of potential new customers.
Subscribers will have access to:
- All episodes of the newest and most popular HBO series such as Westworld, Divorce, Insecure, Ballers, and Game of Thrones
- Blockbuster and award-winning movies like Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Revenant, Deadpool, Joy, The Martian, Ride Along 2, Sisters, Straight Outta Compton and more
- Topical, news-focused content from John Oliver, Bill Maher and VICE
- All seasons of favorites like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, True Blood, The Wire and Deadwood
- Epic limited series, including The Night Of, The Pacific,and The Jinx
- Acclaimed documentaries including Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, Everything is Copy, Jim: The James Foley Story, Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks, The Ties that Bind
- Hilarious original comedy specials from Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais and the late Robin Williams