HBO Max streaming service gets a massive content upgrade along with the price details for its scheduled launch in May 2020. AT& T and WarnerMedia have teamed up to offer the new streaming service at just $14.99 per month which is the same price as HBO Now.
However, HBO Now and HBO (via AT&T) subscribers will be eligible for a free upgrade to HBO Max when the new service launches next year.
The fresh announcement came at an investor and media event wherein HBO’s Casey Bloys also shed some light on their upcoming Game of Thrones (GoT) spin-off, ‘House of the Dragon’.
The new GoT spin-off is reportedly based on George R.R. Martin’s book of Westerosi history aka ‘Fire and Blood’.
A bunch of new shows starring Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae, and Mindy Kalling is also on the cards. A couple of new DC Comics titles like Green Lantern and Strange Adventures are also in the works, which will be produced by Greg Berlanti of ‘Arrow’ and ‘Riverdale’ fame.
According to Bob Greenblatt (WarnerMedia’s entertainment and direct-to-consumer chairman), HBO Max is touted to offer around 10,000 hours of content at launch, which includes original content for youth as well as curated content from HBO library and top movies from Warner Bros.
HBO Max Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly reiterates the importance of quality over quantity of content as the new streaming service aims to deliver top-notch titles like Sesame Street, The Hobbit movie series, Lord of The Rings series, The Matrix trilogy, Superman and Batman series, and the Conjuring films along with every other movie from the past 40 years.
Among the classics, the 90’s Friends and The Big Bang Theory will be on the cards as the company plans to launch around 31 Max Original series along with the HBO Original series for a net total of 69 original shows on HBO Max in its first year.
Several of these shows on HBO Max will be targeted on the young audience with the majority of the episodes streaming on a weekly basis to create continuity and preserve interest among the audience.
WarnerMedia’s Executive Vice President Andy Forssell hinted that HBO Max will “blend the smart use of data with real human touch, and present them via novel product experiences.”
HBO’s ‘Recommended by Humans’ feature will also get a revamp as the new version will separate kids’ profiles, adult profiles and shared profiles so that the recommendations are distinctly configured as per the age groups.
The complete list of popular shows on HBO Max is as follows: The Sopranos, Sex and The City, Deadwood, Westworld, Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene, Search Party, Batwoman, Adventure Time, Stephen King’s The Outsider, Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams’ horror series Lovecraft Country, Joss Whedon’s The Nevers, Julian Fellowes’ (Downton Abbey) The Gilded Age; David E. Kelley’s The Undoing, Rules of Magic – a prequel to Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, The Boondocks, and Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, plus back catalog content like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Pretty Little Liars, Doctor Who (2005 and onward), The West Wing, Top Gear, The Office (original version), and others.