The first wave of popular HBO series and movies has officially landed on Amazon Prime. As of Wednesday, Prime members in the US can now catch a full lineup of HBO shows, films, miniseries, documentaries, and specials at no extra cost. Amazon has even cooked up a special page called theHBO Collection through which Prime subscribers can stream their favorite HBO selections. On tap are all seasons of such popular past HBO series as “The Sopranos,” ” Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Deadwood,” and “Rome.” Also available are select seasons of current HBO shows such as “True Blood,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Treme.”
Amazon’s three-year deal with HBO is a pretty big deal for cord-cutters, and shows that maybe the future of TV will indeed be entirely streaming. Today, the first HBO shows will begin populating Amazon’s Prime service, giving customers access to some of the best content that’s ever aired on television. If you haven’t seen any of these shows—like, maybe you never paid for HBO—today is a really special day. Personally, I’m looking forward to checking out Deadwood, and I never did finished watching The Pacific. As part of the licensing agreement, HBO will continue to add more shows in the ensuing three years, giving customers access to new seasons of existing shows, such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep. I’m hoping Bored to Death, which went three seasons before getting canned, will eventually be added to the Prime lineup, too. (Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, if you’re listening, please bring that show back).