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HBO shows coming to Amazon-not Netflix

According to CNN Tech, non-HBO subscribers will soon be able to watch some of the network’s old TV shows on Amazon Prime’s streaming video service. HBO will continue to provide complete access to all its shows through HBO GO even after they begin streaming on Amazon Prime.

Amazon has made this deal with HBO in an attempt to sign up more monthly subscribers and challenge Netflix, who recently raised monthly rates. However, this Amazon deal draws a bright line between old and new. The seasons of “Girls,” “The Newsroom” and “Veep” that are premiering this year won’t be available through Amazon Prime for approximately three years. As result, if viewers want to stay current, they have to subscribe to cable television and HBO.

The companies did not disclose any plans for when HBO’s current biggest hit (“Game of Thrones”) would be available on Prime, if ever. Previously, the only ways for people without HBO to watch the network’s shows would be by purchasing DVDs, buying individual episodes through Amazon or Apple’s iTunes store, or by watching reruns on other cable channels.

Amazon and HBO said that the first shows will start to appear on Prime on May 21, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Some analysts immediately called the licensing deal a loss for Netflix, though Netflix has made a point of saying it doesn’t see Amazon as its chief rival.

“Since much of the content on Netflix and Amazon Prime (as well as Hulu in the U.S.) is mutually exclusive, many consumers see value in subscribing to all three networks,” Netflix said in its quarterly letter to shareholders earlier this week. Hulu is an online streaming video service owned by a conglomerate of several big media firms.

Music at Moser Season Wrap-up

The University of St. Francis’ spring 2014 Music at Moser season has only two shows left. The first includes performances by the USF Schola Cantorum and the USF Singing Saints who will join forces to “present a ‘mosaic’ of choral pieces for the spring.” The second will be “Dazzling Debuts” by the Joliet Symphony Orchestra.

The first performance will take place Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sexton Auditorium. The USF website states that Schola Cantorum will perform selections from the oratorio “Historia di Jepthe” by Carissimi and a selection of works from Ireland. They will also feature Renaissance madrigals by Morely and Bennett and selections from “West Side Story” and “Candide” by Leonard Bernsetin. The men from Schola, informally known as “The Singing Sinners” will also perform a few songs in addition to The Singing Saints who will celebrate spring in songs about light and the renewed hope felt after a long winter.

The second show will take place Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. and will feature the Joliet Symphony Orchestra’s rising stars, two of which will make their solo debuts with the ┬áJSO. Soprano Karlie Traversa and cellist Marianne Roszyk were winners of JSO’s inaugural concerto competition.

Ticket prices for these shows run at $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, alumni and non-USF students. Performances are always complementary for USF staff and students with an ID.