It’s official! HBO Max will go live in May of 2020, and a ton of new shows have been announced!
At a presentation for investors in Burbank, California, WarnerMedia unboxed the details surrounding HBO Max and what potential subscribers can expect. The service will cost $14.99 per month. If you already have HBO Go through AT&T, HBO’s parent company, you will automatically get upgraded to Max once the service goes live.
Some new shows premiering with HBO Max include House of the Dragon (Game of Thrones prequel), The Outsider (based on the Stephen King novel of the same name), and Lovecraft Country (based on the novel by Matt Ruff).
On top of all this, HBO Max promises to deliver all their original shows such as Game of Thrones, Euphoria, Barry, Watchmen, and His Dark Materials.
Another big piece of news is that HBO has acquired all twenty-three seasons of South Park, plus they’ll bring the hit show Friends—originally a WB property—to their service. Vox speculates that HBO Max is targeting Netflix specifically with Friends and that this will have a devastating effect on the potential crisis already happening with Netflix. Yet others believe that only time will tell if HBO Max will actually serve as a worthy opponent in the streaming industry.
For now, as John Oliver has stated in a joke that calls back to the original HBO slogan:
“HBO Max. It’s not HBO. It’s just TV.”
We’ll have to wait and see how HBO Max fits in with the world of streaming, and if they’ll hold a candle to Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Apple TV+. Until then, whether HBO Max succeeds or fails, we’ve certainly got some promising content to look forward to.