Competitors between streaming companies will get even stiffer after AT&T’s WarnerMedia introduced plans to launch the newly dubbed HBO Max, its personal direct-to-consumer video service that includes lots of the property from its $85 billion buy of Time Warner in 2018.
With a protracted record of TV exhibits and flicks at its disposal, together with probably reuniting the forged of some of the beloved sitcoms of all time, HBO Max has loads of potential. However many particulars concerning the service and its choices stay a thriller. Right here’s all the pieces we learn about it to this point.
What exhibits and flicks will it embrace?
A July 2019 report indicated that HBO Max may have 10,000 hours of content material at launch, together with each episode of Associates, which leaves Netflix in 2020. Associates has been some of the common exhibits on streaming networks for some time — Netflix paid $100 million to stream it for a single yr — and WarnerMedia is aware of it. Along with the whole run of the sequence, WarnerMedia can also be making an attempt to place collectively a Friends reunion for HBO Max.
Don’t get too excited, although. The reunion received’t be a brand new journey starring Ross, Phoebe, Chandler, and the remaining. As an alternative, it’ll be an “unscripted” panel-style dialogue between the Associates forged and crew, who will reminisce about their time on the ultra-popular sitcom. The Hollywood Reporter additionally warns that the reunion is much from a executed deal and that scheduling issues and contract disputes might scuttle the entire thing.
HBO Max may have different basic TV comedies as properly, together with the whole run of Recent Prince of Bel-Air, and will probably be the one place the place you may stream each The Massive Bang Concept and South Park — two exclusives that reportedly price WarnerMedia greater than $1.5 billion cumulatively.
Simply days after a Studio Ghibli consultant informed reporters that the Japanese studio’s movies would never come to streaming services, WarnerMedia additionally introduced that each one 21 of Studio Ghibli’s animated options would stream completely on HBO Max. That lineup contains family-friendly favourite My Neighbor Totoro, the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, and The Wind Rises. Most Ghibli movies must be accessible on HBO Max at launch.
Moreover, should you’re among the many legions of followers who take pleasure in Physician Who through streaming companies, HBO Max goes to be a must have. When HBO Max arrives in spring 2020, it’ll change into the unique on-line residence for the puckish Time Lord, with all 11 seasons of the trendy Physician Who sequence accessible at launch, Variety studies. Future seasons of the present can even stream completely on HBO Max, arriving on the service someday after they’ve made their debut on BBC America.
The total slate of HBO’s authentic sequence — together with Veep, The Larry Sanders Present, and upcoming tasks from J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon, to call a couple of — are additionally anticipated to be accessible in some kind on HBO Max.
Premium cable programming from HBO and even Cinemax is probably going within the combine, too, in addition to further content material produced by Warner Bros., New Line, DC Leisure, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Basic Films, Cartoon Community, Grownup Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Enamel, and Looney Tunes, which all fall underneath AT&T’s WarnerMedia banner now. It’s all up for grabs, theoretically anyway.
It’s price noting that WarnerMedia encompasses a variety of Warner Bros.-produced characteristic movies along with substantial TV content material libraries. That features the DC Prolonged Universe superhero motion pictures, all of which might be accessible on the service, as will Godzilla and King Kong’s shared Monster-verse movies and the Lord of the Rings franchise. One main Warner Bros. Footage property that received’t be included at launch, nevertheless, is Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, which NBCUniversal purchased the exclusive streaming rights to in a deal that runs by 2025.
When will it launch and the way a lot will it price?
At launch, HBO Max might be free for AT&T prospects who’re already subscribed to HBO. AT&T prospects with some newer limitless plans can even achieve free entry to HBO Max.
HBO Max launches in Might and can price $15 a month, which makes it costlier than different streaming packages. Netflix’s hottest package deal prices $13, a Hulu subscription is $6 — or $12, if you wish to skip commercials — and Disney+ will set you again simply $7 a month (or $70 yearly). Nevertheless, given the quantity of additional content material HBO Max supplies and the truth that HBO at present prices about $15 by cable suppliers or HBO Now, the upper worth appears warranted.
What about authentic sequence and movies?
So far as creators go, the largest gun in HBO Max’s arsenal is J.J. Abrams, who lately signed a $250 million production deal with WarnerMedia to supply new content material for the corporate. That’s lower than the $500 million early rumors stated the deal was price, however the remainder of the information appear to stay true, specifically that Abrams signed with WarnerMedia as a result of he was excited about its plans for HBO Max, and that he’ll be creating a lot of authentic sequence for the platform.
HBO Max will supply 4 young-adult movies produced by Greg Berlanti, the producer behind a lot of The CW’s common superhero exhibits, in addition to two (or extra) authentic motion pictures produced by Reese Witherspoon’s manufacturing firm, Hi there Sunshine. Let Them All Discuss, a Steven Soderbergh-directed film starring Meryl Streep, Dianne Wiest, and Candice Bergen, can even be an HBO Max unique.
Berlanti can even produce two new DC Comics exhibits for HBO Max: Inexperienced Lantern and an anthology sequence known as Unusual Adventures. The service can even be the unique streaming supply for all new Warner Bros. dramas produced for The CW community, starting with the autumn 2019 season that options the premieres of Batwoman and one other Riverdale spinoff, Katy Keene.
Different scripted originals embrace a sequence adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s basic historic novel The Final of the Mohicans led by Cary Fukunaga and Watchmen director Nicole Kassell, in addition to Grease: Rydell Excessive, a Cristin Milioti-led comedy known as Made for Love, and restricted sequence Station Eleven, starring Mackenzie Davis.
A Gossip Lady reboot can also be at present in improvement for HBO Max, whereas The Massive Bang Concept‘s Kaley Cuoco will produce and star in The Flight Attendant, an upcoming homicide thriller. Sequence based mostly on the novels Made for Love and Circe are in preproduction, whereas Starstruck — a movie from comic Rose Matafeo — might be a collaboration between WarnerMedia and BBC Three. Child Driver star Ansel Elgort will star in Tokyo Vice for the streamer. HBO has additionally introduced plans to supply a one-hour sequence based mostly on Adam Silvera’s bestselling YA novel Extra Joyful Than Not.
HBO Max can even strive its hand at unscripted programming. Voguing sequence Legendary will be hosted by Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) and judged by Megan Thee Stallion, Regulation Roach, and Leiomy Maldonado, alongside a weekly rotating visitor choose, whereas commentary might be offered by Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ. Design competitors present, The Biggest House, hails from the producers behind Queer Eye and The Superb Race. Each are anticipated to launch in spring 2020.
Different authentic sequence deliberate for the service embrace Love Life, a romantic comedy from Paul Feig and Anna Kendrick, an animated Gremlins prequel, and Dune: The Sisterhood, a derivative sequence impressed by Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming adaptation of creator Frank Herbert’s sci-fi basic Dune.
Will it help 4K?
Proper now, there’s no phrase on whether or not HBO Max will supply streaming video in 4K or high-dynamic-range (HDR) decision.
At the moment, HBO Now — which provides streaming entry to HBO programming with no cable subscription — doesn’t supply both of the high-resolution codecs for video. Nevertheless, with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ all providing 4K video, there’s cause to imagine WarnerMedia will possible do the identical to remain aggressive.
What in regards to the DC Universe?
It’s unknown how the launch of HBO Max will have an effect on WarnerMedia’s present DC Universe platform, which at present provides all DC Leisure sequence and movies, in addition to some authentic programming. That stated, WarnerMedia has confirmed that Doom Patrol, DC Universe’s hottest present, will stream on each DC Universe and HBO Max. The DC Universe service additionally features a huge library of digital comics, in addition to authentic sequence comparable to Doom Patrol and Titans, and formally launched in late 2018.