FORTUNE -- HBO fans take note: Amazon's Prime Instant Video is about to get better.
On Wednesday, Amazon (AMZN) announced a content licensing agreement with HBO that makes select HBO programming available to watch on Prime Instant Video starting May 21. The deal is the first streaming arrangement with a subscription service agreed to by the cable network.
The agreement includes older HBO shows, such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and The Wire; earlier seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood; and miniseries, such as Band of Brothers. Older seasons of shows such as Girls and The Newsroom will also join the lineup three years after airing on HBO.
Amazon also announced that HBO GO, the subscriber-only online and mobile streaming service, is coming to its recently launched Fire TV set-top box by the end of the year. The service is already available on competing devices, such as Apple TV and Roku.
Although the HBO deal leaves out hit shows such as Game of Thrones and Sex and the City, it's a big win for Amazon's rapidly growing video streaming service, giving it a significant advantage over its competitors.
The deal expands Fire TV's catalog of 40,000-plus movies and TV episodes with HBO content that won't be available to Netflix (NFLX) and other competitors in the near future. The deal also gives the Fire TV device a content advantage over Apple TV (AAPL), which lacks access to Prime Instant Video.
Estimates range from $4 billion to nearly $5 billion, but growth continues to slow.
FORTUNE -- Apple's (AAPL) No. 4 revenue stream -- after the iPhone, iPad and Mac -- is a line item the company calls iTunes, Software and Services.
The category is something of a hodgepodge -- a grab bag where the company tosses, to quote from a footnote in its SEC filings, "revenue generated by sales on the iTunes Store, the App Store, the Mac App Store and the iBookstore, plus revenue from sales MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 20, 2014 2:29 AM ET
Artificial intelligence-driven startup expands its robotics expertise, looks for new ways to expand ecosystem.
FORTUNE -- Anki Drive's toy-sized ecosystem just got bigger.
The San Francisco-based startup, which released its artificial intelligence-driven cars last October, unveiled two new tracks and two new cars Wednesday -- the first new hardware of any kind since launch.
Available for $100 starting May 6, Anki's new tracks offer new challenges for racers: "Crossroads" throws in a twist, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 16, 2014 3:21 PM ET
They look past a firm's current performance to examine their potential to dominate new markets
By Christopher Lochhead, Dave Peterson, and Al Ramadan
FORTUNE -- Savvy technology investors seek potential, not performance. They identify companies leveraging technology to build and dominate new market sectors that show promise for significant growth. Because elite tech investors know two things that others don't: First, there is no such thing as a legendary company MOREApr 8, 2014 10:10 AM ET
The tech giant's $99 device, released this week, is an impressive living room contender.
FORTUNE – Anything you can do, Amazon (AMZN) can do better -- and at cost.
That's clearly the mission behind the company's latest device, the long-rumored Fire TV: a $99 tile-shaped, coaster-sized set-top box that streams media à la Roku and Apple TV (AAPL). But the company trumps the competition, at least on the hardware side, by packing a MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 4, 2014 5:22 PM ET
We saw what Amazon did to the publishing industry. Now it's going after videogames.
FORTUNE -- Remember bookstores? Those adorable little places of curated and whimsy and fanciful stories? The place where we purchased books?
They're gone, mostly, and you can blame Amazon (AMZN). The $157 billion company got its start selling books online, happy to lose money while driving prices down, waiting for its brick-and-mortar competitors, with their thin margins and high overhead, MOREErin Griffith - Apr 3, 2014 5:00 AM ET
"Each month that passes," writes Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, "reduces our confidence."
FORTUNE -- Pity Gene Munster.
It's been five years since Piper Jaffray's chief Apple (AAPL) watcher first alerted investors that Steve Jobs' "hobby" -- the Apple TV set-top box that launched in 2007 -- was merely a precursor to a more ambitious project: a full-blown Apple television set.
"While Apple downplays the possibility," he wrote in a February 2008 note to clients, "we expect the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 2, 2014 10:55 PM ET
FORTUNE -- The battle to control your living room is heating up, and today Amazon (AMZN) stepped up its efforts with Amazon Fire TV, a box for streaming video through a television set.
The battle over software performance and specs is a race to the bottom in terms of price. The ultimate winner will be the one offering the best -- and most -- content. In that respect, Amazon is off to MOREErin Griffith - Apr 2, 2014 4:39 PM ET
Amazon is creating TV shows, movies, and games, but it left music streaming to partners Pandora and iHeartRadio.
FORTUNE -- Today Amazon (AMZN) revealed Fire TV, a streaming video box for television entertainment. The $99 unit, available for sale today, is part of the ongoing fight for the living room between the tech industry's largest players. Fire TV competes with Google's Chromecast, Apple's Apple TV, Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's Playstation, and MOREErin Griffith - Apr 2, 2014 2:15 PM ET
Samsung follows at $55,184. Microsoft at $42,220. Google at 23,587. Amazon at $1,439.
FORTUNE -- Here's a fun interactive graphic, produced by the online marketers at Distilled for WorldPay Zinc, a U.K.-based payment service for small business.
Click on the snapshot and it will start a clock showing you how much revenue and profit each of a dozen high-tech companies is generating by the second. On a per-minute basis, Samsung comes in first in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 20, 2014 4:21 AM ET
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