HBO Max: Release Date, Pricing, And More Original Content Revealed
Arriving this May.
On October 30, WarnerMedia held an investor call revealed more about its upcoming streaming service HBO Max. There is now a release date, pricing, and the announcement of many new originals shows, including a Green Lantern series.
Coming in May 2020, HBO Max will cost $14.99 a month, a dollar less a than the premium version of Netflix. Earlier in the presentation, Chairman of WarnerMedia and Entertainment, Bob Greenblatt explained that HBO Max will host the entire HBO service, original content--which includes whatever JJ Abrams is working on, along with a Gremlins animated series--selections from the Warner Bros. library, and more.
HBO Max will have 10,000 hours of content and Greenblatt explained that they've removed what he considered "filler" so users wouldn't spend so much time searching for something to watch. This will be a curated library, which also includes human curation as well.
Every episode of The Big Bang Theory, Friends, and 50 seasons of Sesame Street will be available on the service, along with every Warner Bros. Batman and Superman movie. Additionally, Joker will be on HBO Max at launch. Over 300 episodes of South Park will be available shortly after launch, as HBO Max dives into more adult animated series, this includes anime, as HBO Max is partnering with Crunchy Roll for curated lists.
As for original series, HBO Max will have 31 originals in 2020, and the service will up that number to 50 in 2021. A few of the shows were detailed during the event--you can see images for all the shows above.
HBO Max originals:
- Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai
- Jellystone (Yogi Bear)
- Little Ellen (Animated Ellen Degenerous)
- Adventure Time
- Tokyo Vice
- XOXO gossip girl
- Doom Patrol (DC Universe)
- DC Superhero High
- Rap Sh*t
- College Girls
- Green Lantern
- Strange Adventures
- The Flight Attendant
Greg Berlanti, known for his work on the CW's superhero shows, will be developing two DC properties for HBO Max as well, Green Lantern and Strange Adventures. You can see many of the originals HBO Max revealed in the images above.
Later in the presentation, executive vice president and general manager of HBO Max gave a demonstration of what the app looks like and how it works. This included human curation.
A video played of Zac Efron recommending the movie The Exorcist and why you should watch it. You can follow curators and see all their video recommendations. The shot above was for the mobile version of this section of HBO Max. We did not get a look at the TV/PC/Tablet version of curation.
More is developing with information on HBO Max, so stay tuned for updates.
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