It looks like the streaming sector has quite a lot of competition in the past few days. The latest among them is the entry of WarnerMedia’s new streaming service known as HBO Max.
HBO is already quite famous among the others due to HBO Go and HBO Now; which showcases many blockbuster hits such as Game Of Thrones, etc. But with HBO Max, for WarnerMedia and parent company AT&T considers it as the most important; since it will become the subscription video service that they position against Netflix, Hulu, the upcoming Disney+, and a range of other paid video offerings.
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WarnerMedia on Tuesday revealed HBO Max as the next streaming home for its content, which includes Friends, shows from The CW network and movies such as Shazam and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
WarnerMedia confirmed the service on Twitter, announcing that the service is set for a spring 2020 debut.
“Anchored with and inspired by the legacy of HBO’s excellence and award-winning storytelling; the new service will be ‘Maximized’ with an extensive collection of exclusive original programming (Max Originals); and the best-of-the-best from WarnerMedia’s enormous portfolio of beloved brands and libraries,” the company wrote in a press release today. (The emphasis there is from WarnerMedia, of course.) So you’ll get all the stuff you’d expect from having HBO; TV series, on-demand movies, watching some primetime HBO shows live; plus a huge serving of content from basically every other WarnerMedia property.
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The service will feature content from “Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and more.”
More relevant to you is that WarnerMedia also confirmed that HBO Max will have exclusive streaming rights to every episode of Friends; when it launches in spring 2020; that’ll be after the hugely popular sitcom departs Netflix. Friends is set to leave in 2019, so there might be a gap where the show disappears from streaming altogether until HBO Max’s debut.
The same exclusivity deal will be true for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Pretty Little Liars; which will stream all episodes on Max. HBO Max also gets dibs on a couple of shows from The CW; including Batwoman and Katy Keene, a Riverdale spinoff.
Also, Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon have signed on to produce original films for HBO Max as well.
HBO Max will continue the trend of content owners pulling their shows from third-party streaming platforms; for the benefit of their own services. Disney and NBCUniversal have taken similar steps; late last month, NBC announced that The Office will be removed from Netflix; and exclusively streamed on its in-the-works subscription app.