Amazon wants to be the one streaming service you’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 giant’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.
Amazon is looking more and more like a cable company
“HBO has produced some of the most groundbreaking, beloved and award-winning shows in television history,” said Amazon VP of digital video Michael Paull in an official statement. “Prime members can now watch the latest episodes of the critically-acclaimed Westworld and Game of Thrones without the need for a cable subscription. We’re thrilled to work with HBO to bring their cutting-edge content to Amazon Prime members with Amazon Channels.”
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 doesn’t quite mean the company is the ideal cable company for cord cutters. Amazon Video isn’t available on such popular devices as the Apple TV and Chromecast. If you own either of those products, you’re still better off paying for HBO separately.