HBO’s streaming service may not be available in Japan, but that’s not stopping the company from funneling its content into the country. This morning the network announced that it would license its catalog and streaming rights in Asia’s second largest market through Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon Prime Video, which launched in Japan in 2015, will stream both current and older HBO series in the country starting at the beginning of April. Some of those titles include “Game of Thrones,” “West World,” “Silicon Valley,” “Big Little Lies,” “Girls,” “The Newsroom,” “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City.”
The move comes from the HBO parent company in the U.S., rather than HBO Asia, which is headquartered in Singapore and currently serves 23 Asian territories, excluding Japan.
Time Warner-backed HBO previously had an agreement in Japan with Hulu, which was acquired by domestic broadcaster Nippon TV in 2014. In the past, the cable network has also made some of its content available in the country via a transactional VOD deal with Amazon.