Amazon wants to be the one streaming service youâ€™ll ever need, Netflix Originals be damned. Starting today, Amazon Prime members can subscribe to stream HBO and Cinemax series via Amazon Channels, the e-commerce giantâ€™s cable-like TV offering. The HBO package costs $14.99 per month for unlimited streaming access, the same cost of an HBO Now subscription, while the Cinemax package costs $9.99 per month.
â€œHBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking, beloved and award-winning shows in television history,â€ said Amazon VP of digital video Michael Paull in an official statement. â€œPrime members can now watch the latest episodes of the critically-acclaimed Westworld and Game of Thrones without the need for a cable subscription. Weâ€™re thrilled to work with HBO to bring their cutting-edge content to Amazon Prime members with Amazon Channels.â€
Amazon very clearly wants to lock users into its services with the addition of HBO an Cinemax. Prime members can already subscribe to Showtime, Starz, and Comedy Central Stand-Up for varying monthly fees. However, that doesnâ€™t quite mean the company is the ideal cable company for cord cutters. Amazon Video isnâ€™t available on such popular devices as the Apple TV and Chromecast. If you own either of those products, youâ€™re still better off paying for HBO separately.