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There’s a new streaming service on the way: HBO Max

Hand-picked by humans, HBO Max is Warner Media’s new streaming platform.

Dubbed “where HBO meets so much more,” the streaming package will host a monstrous 10,000 hours of material on its launch.

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Warner Media’s newest streaming platform HBO Max will launch on May 27 in the US, offering a boatload of new hits, classics, and licensed content.

It’ll feature all of the network’s original content as well as licensed television series’ like Friends, The Big Bang Theory, and South Park. Warner Bros, New Line, and DC will also make an appearance.

Subscribers can expect films such as Joker, Game of Thrones, The Matrix, Wonder Woman, Casablanca, plus every single Studio Ghibli film. In addition to the classics, new original content is on offer, such as the comedy series Love Life, starring Anna Kendrick, and competitive vogueing series, Legendary.

HBO Now subscribers who are billed directly are able to enjoy HBO Max under the same payment plan.

As Jason Kilar jumps on board as the new CEO, Warner Media has a strategy to add millions of subscribers to its already vast customer base. The service will act as a superset of HBO by offering a wider range of content.

“Our No. 1 goal is having extraordinary content for everyone in the family, and the HBO Max programming mix we are so excited to unveil on May 27th will bear that out,” Bob Greenblatt, chairman of Warner Media Entertainment said.

“Even in the midst of this unprecedented pandemic, the all-star teams behind every aspect of HBO Max will deliver a platform and a robust slate of content that is varied, of the highest quality, and second to none.”

In Australia, Foxtel currently has an exclusive deal to broadcast HBO content, which is expected to continue for two more years. Warner Media filed an Australian trademark back in February of this year for its new platform. So as of yet, news on a dedicated HBO Max in Australia is unclear.

This leads to speculation that it may be trying to enter an already crowded local market. Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, Stan, and Foxtel are already fighting for the spotlight on Australian televisions.

 

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