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HBO is licensing 50 series to Amazon Prime Video in Japan, making shows including Game of Thrones free to members of the shopping and content service. The first six seasons of HBO’s flagship fantasy epic have been made available immediately, but the latest season will still be subject to fees for rental or purchase.
New seasons of the shows will become available on Prime six months after broadcast, most after having been broadcast on cable.
Access to Amazon’s video services comes with a Prime subscription costing ?3,900 ($35.70) a year, compared to Netflix’s monthly fees of ?1,026 ($9.40) for its standard service and ?1,566 ($14.30) for ultra HD.
Netflix has more than 2 million subscribers in Japan and has been boosting its local content offerings. Amazon doesn’t disclose subscriber numbers or how many of its popular Prime shopping members access video.
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