The long awaited new streaming service from WarnerMedia now has a name and a tentative date. Today, it was reported that HBO Max will debut in 2020, and will roll out with over 10,000 hours of classic Warner Bros. content, new programming, and even exclusive HBO Max shows and movies. The move comes as Disney readies Disney+ for this fall, and Netflix tries to shore up its library with more original content.
As Variety first reported, HBO Max will have content from just about every Warner Bros. source, including Warner Bros. Studios, New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. The biggest questions surrounding this news are what will happen to established streaming services like DC Universe and HBO Now.
While Warner Bros. has not yet addressed those concerns, it has been rumored that the new WarnerMedia service — now called HBO Max — would cost about $17 a month, which makes it a few dollars more than HBO Now, and $10 more than DC Universe. If all three services were rolled into HBO Max, it would make for a deal for consumers for the amount of content available. Disney+ has already been announced with a $6.99 monthly cost, or $69.99 annually.
The biggest shows on HBO Max will be the classics, as the entire Friends run of 236 episodes will be available on day one, as will The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. HBO Max will also be the streaming home of The CW shows Batwoman and Katy Keene, a Riverdale spin off. All The CW DC shows will also come to the service 30 days prior to the start of their new seasons. It’s the same model Netflix uses for The Walking Dead.
“HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform,” Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, said in a released statement.
Also confirmed are four new young-adult movies by Greg Berlanti — the man behind the DC shows on The CW and DC Universe, and of course, the new Dune: The Sisterhood.
To see a full list of confirmed shows on HBO Max, check out this link courtesy of Variety. Stayed tuned for more information on HBO Max as it becomes available. Additional details could come at San Diego Comic Con later this month.
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