If you're a fan of HBO shows such as "The Sopranos," you only have about a year to watch them on Amazon Prime. Richard Plepler, the cable network’s chairman and CEO, told investors on Wednesday that HBO has no plans to renew its output deal with Amazon Prime when it wraps up in May 2018.
The deal between Amazon and HBO was signed in 2014 and it was made at a time before HBO was selling stand-alone subscriptions to the channel. While Amazon only has the rights to older HBO shows, the channel would now prefer to able to include them exclusively on their HBO Now service.
Earlier this week, there had been some confusion about when the HBO shows would expire. Amazon mistakenly began warning subscribers the shows would leave the service at the end of this month. But now those notices have been removed.