Several HBO shows leaving Amazon Prime Video on May 21st — UPDATE: Actually, it’s a mistake

Update

Thanks to Ryan in the comments, it appears Amazon has told The Verge that the HBO shows will not be leaving on May 21st, and that the labeling is a mistake that will soon be corrected.

The streaming media landscape has changed quite a bit since Amazon signed a deal nearly 3 years ago with HBO that added a large amount of HBO original shows to Prime Video. That’s probably why the two companies have chosen not to renew the arrangement, so several HBO original shows will be leaving Prime Video on May 21, the 3 year mark of the agreement. Read more ›

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HBO and Cinemax added as latest new Amazon Channels

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HBO and Cinemax have just arrived as the latest new Amazon Channels. This marks the first time Cinemax content is being made available on the Fire TV. The HBO subscription will run you $14.99 per month, while Cinemax will cost $9.99 per month. Both subscriptions come with a 30-day free trial. The main advantage to subscribing through Amazon Channels, versus subscribing directly and using an app like HBO Now, is having all content natively available within the Fire TV interface and streamed directly by Amazon. Another perk is the incredibly simple 3-step online cancellation process, which makes managing subscriptions on a month-by-month basis easy, as well as having everything on a single bill. Amazon Channels have grown to over 80 different video subscriptions since the feature launched a year ago.

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A dozen new HBO/Cinemax TV show seasons arrive on Amazon Prime Video

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Amazon Prime members are continuing to reap the benefits of a 2 year old deal Amazon struck with HBO which has brought a slew of great content to Prime Video. Today, twelve new seasons of HBO and Cinemax TV shows have become available to Prime members. The new shows that are now available to stream are Angry Boys, Empire Falls, Hunted, Life’s Too Short, Lucky Louie, Mr. Show With Bob and David, Tell Me You Love Me, and Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. New seasons of existing shows are season 2 of Banshee, season 4 of Boardwalk Empire, season 3 of Strike Back, and season 6 of True Blood.

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HBO season premiere episodes available for free through Amazon

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Amazon has made the new season premiere episodes for HBO’s hottest shows available to watch for free. The first episode of season 6 of Game of Thrones, season 5 of Veep, and season 3 of Silicon Valley can be streamed for free on Amazon’s website. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a way to watch these streams through Amazon Video directly on the Fire TV.

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‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Silicon Valley’, and ‘Veep’ return tonight on HBO

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Tonight is HBO’s big night of new season premieres. Game of Thrones will begin their sixth season at 9 p.m., Silicon Valley will follow with their third season premiere at 10 p.m., and Veep will debut its fifth season at 10:30 p.m. to round off the night. Additionally, You can catch all three shows on the Fire TV through either the HBO Go app, if you have a cable subscription, or through the HBO Now app with a stand-alone subscription. Alternatively, you can add HBO to a Sling TV subscription and watch through the Sling TV app.

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‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Silicon Valley’, and ‘Veep’ return on HBO April 24th

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HBO has announced that Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, and Veep will all return with their new season on April 24th. Game of Thrones will begin their sixth season at 9 p.m., Silicon Valley will follow with their third season premiere at 10 p.m., and Veep will debut its fifth season at 10:30 p.m. to round off the night. You can catch all three shows on the Fire TV through either the HBO Go app, if you have a cable subscription, or through the HBO Now app with a stand-alone subscription. Alternatively, you can add HBO to a Sling TV subscription and watch through the Sling TV app. It’s worth noting that HBO’s annual big night of primers tends to coincide with the launch of a new device or service. Last year, HBO unveiled their new HBO Now service and schedualed its launch to sync with their new season premiers. Perhaps we’ll see HBO come to Amazon’s new add-on subscription service, or the release of the Apple’s long rummored internet TV service come April.

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HBO Now released for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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The HBO Now app has just been released for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Last month, Amazon announced the new a-la-cart service from HBO would be coming to Fire TV devices in the “coming weeks” and today they’ve made good on that promise. For $14.99 per month, with no commitment or contract, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners can access HBO’s entire library without the need of a cable subscription. New customers qualify for a 30-day free trial, which you can start right from the app.

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HBO Now lands on Fire TV & Fire TV Stick in “coming weeks”

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Amazon has just announced that HBO Now is officially coming to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in the “coming weeks.” The latest generation of Fire tablets will have access to the new HBO Now app starting today.

HBO Now is HBO’s new stand-alone streaming service that gives you full access to HBO’s content without the need of a cable subscription. The service first launched back in April exclusively on Apple devices. HBO Now costs $14.99 per month, but the company has been hinting at the idea of offering discounted subscriptions for longer commitments.

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HBO Now officially announced for Android and Chromecast

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HBO Now is currently only available on Apple devices due to an exclusivity deal between the two companies. Apple’s exclusivity deal is expected to end in about a month and, unsurprisingly, it looks like the Google Play Store will be the next platform to get the new service. The announcement was made during today’s big Google I/O keynote presentation. No specifics were given during the announcement, but HBO has said the service will arrive on Android “this summer” with support for casting to Chromecast devices. Interestingly, the announcement was made during the Chromecast portion of Google’s keynote, not during the brief Android TV portion. It wouldn’t surprise me if HBO Now was initially incompatible with Android TV when it arrives in the Google Play Store.

This announcement is good news for Fire TV users since it doesn’t take much to release a Fire TV version of the app once HBO finishes their Android version. We may even be able to sideload and use the Android version on Fire TV devices while we wait for official support from HBO.

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HBO Now may be less expensive when it arrives on the Fire TV and other devices

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When Apple’s exclusivity agreement for HBO Now comes to an end in July, we can expect the service to quickly make its way to additional platforms like the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. When that time comes, there may be additional pricing options to choose from, other than the current rate of $14.99 per month. HBO has been sending emails to customers opting to cancel their HBO Now subscription with surveys which hint that the company is considering offering discounts to those willing to pre-pay for the new service. The survey lists a three-month price of $29.99, a six-month price of $59.99, and a one-year price of $99.99. That one-year price would bring the service down to $8.34 a month, which is a considerable discount of over 44% off the current monthly price. Read more ›

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