HBO Max – WarnerMedia’s new streaming service – officially launched on Wednesday, and they immediately made about 10,000 hours worth of programming available to subscribers. The giant slate of content includes the entire HBO service, premium HBO originals, high-profile licensed series and films, and exclusive original programming.
A monthly subscription costs $14.99 per month, and the streaming service has big plans for future content. Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer, told People magazine in a statement that HBO Max was a dream that was created and nurtured by an incredible team of talented executives who have dedicated that last year and a half to making it a reality.
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“However, this is just the beginning of our journey,” said Greenblatt. “We will continue to innovate and evolve this one-of-a-kind platform that brings together beloved programming from across the WarnerMedia family and around the world, while also paving the way for the creative voices of tomorrow.”
All HBO premium originals, including Westworld, Big Little Lies, Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, Veep, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, Succession, Watchmen, Barry, Euphoria, The Jinx, and The Sopranos are available on HBO Max.
One of the most popular features of the platform is all ten seasons of Friends, which left Netflix at the end of 2019. HBO Max also has entire libraries of licensed content like The Big Bang Theory, Rick and Morty, Doctor Who, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The O.C., Pretty Little Liars, and The Bachelor.
The exclusive original programming includes Anna Kendrick’s scripted comedy Love Life, the Sundance 2020 Official Selection feature documentary On the Record, an underground ballroom dance competition series titled Legendary, and Craftopia, which is hosted by YouTuber LaurDIY.
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There is also the all-new Looney Tunes Cartoons from Warner Bros. Animation, and The Not Too Late Show with Elmo from Sesame Workshop.
Over the next year, HBO Max will add a library of more than 2,000 films. Subscribers can already watch all eight Harry Potter films, Joker, A Star is Born, Aquaman, the Alien franchise, Crazy Rich Asians, the American Pie series, and Die Hard, among a number of other titles.
Throughout the summer and fall, more HBO Max originals will premiere, including The Flight Attendant starring Kaley Cuoco. There will also be a Gossip Girl reboot and an unscripted Friends reunion, but those projects have been delayed due to COVID-19.