WarnerMedia and HBO Announce New 'HBO Max' Streaming Service Coming Spring 2020

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    HBO and WarnerMedia today announced an all-new streaming service called HBO Max, which will combine HBO content with shows and films from CNN, TNT, TBS, The CW, TCM, Adult Swim, and much more.

    Essentially, HBO Max will include all HBO original content, WarnerMedia channels, and shows made only for HBO Max. These Max Originals include shows based on Dune, Station Eleven, and Gremlins. You'll have to subscribe to HBO Max to see these shows, as they won't appear on HBO GO or HBO NOW.

    The full list of Max Originals follows:
    Existing HBO shows like Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies will be available on HBO Max. Other content on HBO Max includes all of Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Pretty Little Liars, and many of the DC shows on The CW, like Batwoman.

    There are also some exclusive deals with producers Greg Berlanti (director of Love, Simon and producer of Arrow and The Flash) and Reese Witherspoon. Berlanti is set to produce four movies focused in the young adult space and Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine company will produce at least two films. In total, HBO Max is set to premiere with 10,000 hours of premium content.
    The full list of programming companies supporting HBO Max include: Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. WarnerMedia said there will be more programming than these channels and companies, but hasn't been specific about what those might be yet.

    The new service is being announced one year after AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner, which owns HBO. At the time, AT&T leadership suggested it was planning to increase the amount of content released by HBO so that the company has more hours of user engagement, instead of only seeing peak numbers during major broadcasts, like for the final season of Game of Thrones.

    HBO Max will launch in the spring of 2020.

    Article Link: WarnerMedia and HBO Announce New 'HBO Max' Streaming Service Coming Spring 2020
  2. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    Oh boy, yet another streaming bundle! My life is complete...
  3. jackson01442 macrumors newbie


    Sep 25, 2017
    Ah yes, just what we needed: another streaming service.
  4. iDento macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2011
    iCloud Servers
  5. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    just canceled my Apple TV+ subscription. Oh wait! It hasn't even launched yet.
  6. mgollaher92 macrumors member


    Jun 14, 2016
    Jesus, another streaming platform that will only fragment what's available on current platforms. Let me guess, in a couple years someone will try to sell us an 'all in one' solution. and it's just going to be a ****** version of cable.
  7. PickUrPoison Suspended

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    I wonder what kind of pricing they can get away with, Disney really threw a monkey wrench into the market. Which is good. Maybe $5 higher than HBO Now?
  8. DJTaurus macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2012
  9. picaman macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2005
    HBO Now is already too expensive. I can’t see me paying even more for the extra content I either don’t care about or can somewhat access elsewhere.
  10. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    I don't understand the negativity. More streaming services means more options. Easy to subscribe and cancel. Subscribe when you want it, cancel when you don't.
  11. Pepe4life macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2018
    Lmao these companies are literally pushing people towards piracy again. Sad!
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    Nobody wants to subscribe to multiple services every month just to watch a bunch of exclusives.
  12. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    Why not combine Go, Now, and Max? This seems excessive.
  13. busyscott macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2015
    Me: I don’t think streaming fragmentation can get any worse.

    HBO: Hold my beer...
  14. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    I think just the opposite. A low cost option that you can easily subscribe/unsubscribe at any time and only watch what you want when you want. I think this helps avoid piracy. I know myself personally I haven't pirated anything in a very long time because accessing the content legally is so easy and cheap now.
  15. Sethal macrumors member


    Jun 5, 2014
    So instead of making new content for HBO and boosting its value, they’re gonna make content for HBO Max and still sell HBO as a separate service. Makes sense. /s
  16. Prabas macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2010
    Here's my announcement: Arrr, I'm sailing to open waters!

    Want to watch The Office? Subscribe to NBC.
    Want to watch Friends? Subscribe to HBO Max.
    Want to watch SomethingThatThey'llPullFromNetflixSoon? Subscribe to BrandNewStreamingService.

    10 bucks here, 10 bucks there, 10 bucks over there and in the end you'll end up paying like 100 bucks a month if you want to legally watch the things you like.

    I don't mind paying like 30 bucks total for subscriptions a month. Music (Apple Music/Spotify), Movies/TV (Netflix), Something else like YouTube Premium (No ads on mobile) and iCloud/Google One storage.

    If there's something missing from the services I subscribe to, I'll just watch it somewhere else, that may not be so legal. At this rate it's seriously becoming easier to just torrent something than to find where you can stream it legally. Oh and don't forget that it may not be available in your country. If X movie is available in the US, it may not be available in the UK and crap like that.
  17. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    HBO makes a lot of money off of cable companies that they don’t want to give up. This is a side loaded service that really should be called Warner Max as it’s more than just HBO content.
  18. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    So I assume any WB content currently on Netflix will be removed and only be on this service?
  19. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Friends will be pulled from Netflix.
  20. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    HBO is destined to be like Google with the 4784487 messaging platforms they have in play.
  21. Alan Gordon macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2014
    Dawson, GA
    Looks that way.

    Probably the same for Universal content once their streaming service launches next year as well.
  22. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    In the end Netflix will be left with a lot of their original *****. Only a few watchable shows on it IMO. Overpriced, and at this point they hate their user with all the UI tricks they pull. Netflix was a good service when it launched, but now years later they’ve lost a lot of good content and have doubled their original price, all while poisoning us with the docu-series format where they stretch documentaries into shows that are far too long and repetitive for the content they contain. And rearranging My List every time I enter it. WTF is up with that? Total ******s, vankers, shareholders... feck em.

    Going to give Apple’s service a try when it launches. At this point I’m done with Nut-flicks.
  23. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Great idea. This is pulling from the Disney playbook.

    I agree with the sentiment here. Too many subscriptions, too much money. This is not what the great unbundling was supposed to me.

    But this is not yet another streaming service for us to ignore. More value under one of the biggest brands in entertainment. Smart.
  24. glenncashuric macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2019
    Personally, I feel it's time for somebody to invent a new service, whereby only shows I prefer to watch are available on some kind of physical media that I can either rent or borrow from a neighbor/friend/relative, thus negating the need to have recurring charges on my credit card. Just tossing this out there.
  25. Alan Gordon macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2014
    Dawson, GA
    Anybody familiar with how cable/satellite worked knew this would be the way the industry was headed.

    I'd rather they stuck with a more Disney+ pricing scheme compared to some current predictions, but it's not surprising given the HBO name.

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