UPDATE: Amazon has reached out to state that the information originally reported by Vulture is inaccurate. We are leaving the article in place and regret the error.
May 21st marks the end for some great HBO shows on Amazon Prime. This sad news comes from Vulture, which reports that the syndication deal between HBO and Amazon is hitting the end of its contracted three-year run on May 21st, and HBO has no plans on renewing their deal.
Take a deep breath and look at the elite TV that will be gone from Prime soon:
The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Flight of the Conchords, True Blood, The Comeback, Eastbound and Down, the astonishingly underrated Bored to Death, the first two seasons of Girls and Veep and finally Enlightened. Not to mention various HBO miniseries and movies. Possibly Band of Brothers. This is a big hit to people who are trying to keep their streaming service library in check.
This explains the new trailers for Six Feet Under and The Wire:
With HBO taking some of the best TV ever created away from Amazon Prime, this leaves most (cord cutters?) with a Netflix subscription, an Amazon Prime subscription (free shipping makes this easier to swallow) and does what the purge was intended to do — force them into getting HBO NOW a few months before Game of Thrones comes back to dominate the universe.
Will this force consumers who subscribe to Hulu, Seeso and other a la carte services within Prime to rethink their options? This whole saving money thing by getting rid of one’s cable package is getting expensive.