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Amazon is Working On a Service to Take on HBO

Do you love Amazon’s original shows and movies? Amazon is hoping you will love them enough to support a dedicated Amazon channel.

According to recent article in the New York Post Amazon is in the process of working on a dedicated channel to take on HBO by offering premium content.

It is likely that this won’t be a true 24/7 channel but rather an add-on service similar to the current add-ons you can get on Amazon Video. This also wouldn’t be the first Amazon-owned add-on channel. Recently Amazon added an Amazon-owned anime channel.

“In a few years, you’ll see an Amazon channel like HBO,” one in-the-know Amazon employee told The Post. “We’re looking at being a global news and media company. There are key people working on it.”

This new channel seems like it will be a dedicated high-end channel meant to offer the very best Amazon content. Its goal seems to be to offer such high quality content that you will put it on par with HBO.

This may be a sign that Amazon is also working on more original content to fill a dedicated Amazon channel. The only question is what does this mean for Prime subscribers. Will some stay on Amazon Prime or will all of them move over to Amazon’s new channel. Only time will tell.

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8 Responses to Amazon is Working On a Service to Take on HBO

  1. Mike Stambaugh February 21, 2017 at 9:02 am #

    I really hope they wouldn’t charge an extra fee for that. I just found “man in the high castle” and “Mozart in the jungle”. Awesome shows. But I’m not sure I’d pay extra to watch them on top of the 100 a year for Prime.

  2. BigO February 21, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    I have been a big proponent of Amazon (video) over the last couple of years. Hopefully, this does not result in them taking their originals and putting them behind another paywall for Prime subscribers.

  3. Obsidian71 February 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    Better find the next Game of Thrones first.

  4. m m February 22, 2017 at 6:56 am #

    Wonder if HBO will renew their license with Amazon for their legacy content to stay on Prime. I think it expires in April or May.

  5. jjimg1474 February 22, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    Because I am a Prime member, I watch Prime videos year round. I subscribe to HBO for a few months, only to catch up on a few original series and new movies. It seems to me that Amazon Prime is already in competition with HBO. They getting more of my dollars than HBO.

  6. craig February 22, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    i would love if they would offer a prime with video/music and without. i would rather spend that money on hbo, showtime, spotify, netflix,etc