Amazon is expanding its service from offering subscription to over-the-top streaming services and operating like a cable service provider.
Amazon Prime began offering subscription to paid streaming services through Channels in 2015, but its subscribers were limited to streaming shows and films through the Amazon streaming application. Starting in June, however, Amazon Channels subscribers will be able to access the stand-alone applications of premium streaming services using their Amazon Prime credentials.
Prime Access To Showtime And HBO Now
According to some Amazon Prime subscribers, they have been able to access films and series offered by HBO Now in their respective individual applications since June 14 and HBO has confirmed this information.
The Showtime Anytime application already activated the same feature in early 2017 so HBO's decision to follow in its footsteps is an exciting development, especially since Amazon only began offering HBO Now in December 2016.
Subscribers will be able to access shows directly from the official streaming applications on their desktops, iOS and Android devices, Apple and Android TV, and Amazon mobile Kindle and Fire TV, as well as Samsung Smart TVs and PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles.
But wait, there's more!
An HBO spokesperson also confirmed that XBOX 360 and Roku will be granted the same feature sometime soon; however, they did not specify when exactly "soon" would be. XBOX 360 and Roku subscribers could wait months or days, or maybe the feature has already been activated as they read this.
What To Do
Amazon Prime subscribers simply need to open the HBO now application on their device and log in using their Prime username and password. After that, just sit back and choose whatever show piques the interest.
It's that easy.
Is There More From HBO?
Unfortunately, HBO did not reveal whether it will enable the same feature for Cinemax so we will all just have to wait for either an announcement from the company or be surprised when it finally happens.
Summer Binge Watching
HBO's move is actually perfect because subscribers are probably thinking of having binge-watching parties over the summer. Of course, that is just a guess, but if anyone is really planning one, Tech Times has a list of binge-worthy shows available on HBO for summer.
Here are all the shows coming to HBO Now from June 17 to 24:
- The Birth of a Nation
- The Conjuring 2
- El Jardin De Bronce, season premiere
- Entre nos, Part 1
- Locos de Amor
- T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous