Amazon Prime hits a home run with Eastbound & Down, other HBO shows


“Eastbound & Down,” starring Danny McBride, will be available to watch May 21 on Amazon for Prime subscribers. (Fred Norris)

The crassest fictional baseball player in the world, Kenny Powers (language NSFW), will soon be available to laugh at via Amazon Prime.

Amazon (whose chief executive, Jeff Bezos, is also the owner of The Washington Post) announced a content licensing agreement with HBO today to make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for a good bit of HBO programming. Besides “Eastbound & Down,” subscribers can view complete seasons of “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire” and more, as well as early seasons of “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood.” Newer shows, such as “Girls” and “Veep” will become available three years after they first air, according to the multi-year agreement. The service will start May 21, so if free two-day shipping wasn’t enough to keep you paying now $99 per year for your Prime membership, perhaps Kenny Powers’s glorious curly mullet will.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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