Suck it, Netflix: HBO signs licensing deal with Amazon Prime

HBO has forged an exclusive long-term licensing deal with Amazon's streaming service Prime Instant Video, making it the exclusive online-only subscription home for hundreds of hours of HBO programming including all episodes of classic series The Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire and Six Feet Under and movies and miniseries such as John Adams, Band of Brothers and Angels in America.

The first wave of content will arrive on Amazon Prime May 21.

Previous seasons of newer shows including Veep, The Newsroom and Girls will become available approximately three years after airing on HBO.

The deal is a first for HBO as the premium service has kept past episodes of its programming inside the walled universe of HBO on authenticated service HBO Go and its own on-demand platforms.