You can add HBO Max to the list of streaming providers that want you to pay them every month to watch shows and movies.
WarnerMedia has announced the new streaming service which will feature “the best-of-the-best from the WarnerMedia portfolio.” That includes content from TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, DC superhero movies, Tru TV, TNT and other Warner networks.
And, along with some new original shows and movies, it will be the new home of Friends, which Netflix paid a small fortune to license in 2019.
The One Where We Have To Say Goodbye.
We’re sorry to see Friends go to Warner's streaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in The US). Thanks for the memories, gang ☕
— Netflix US (@netflix) July 9, 2019
Some of the details are a little confusing; it’s not clear how this will effect HBO subscriptions. And, though there will be a lot of classic content (like Friends and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), newer shows will also be available on the platform—sort of. According to Variety, “CW shows going forward will be available on HBO Max beginning 30 days prior to the TV premiere of the next seasons of those shows.” Simple, right?
In a press release, they explained, “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.” Get it? You’re paying for “maximized” content. How much more clear could it be.
So far no price point has been announced yet for HBO Max, but keeping up with all of the latest shows could soon get really expensive for consumers. Along with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video, soon, consumers will be able to subscribe to Disney +, Apple + and NBC’s upcoming streaming service.
Isn’t “cord cutting” fun?