A guide to every streaming service you need to know
What is it? Probably the most confusing and vague of the upcoming streaming services, HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s streaming service, and seems redundant considering there’s already HBO Go and HBO Now. But WarnerMedia did recently share some concrete facts: It launches in May 2020, with “10,000 hours of curated premium content” and at $14.99/month—making it pretty pricey.
What’s on it? As expected, HBO juggernauts like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and Deadwood will populate the service — but because it’s also WarnerMedia, there'll be a large amount of content from Cartoon Network, TNT, TCM, and more. The biggest news has revolved around the acquisitions of Friends and The Big Bang Theory, but there’s also Rick & Morty, The O.C., South Park, and The West Wing.
On the originals end, HBO Max is heavily focusing on adaptations, reboots, and sequels. There will be a revival of The Boondocks, a Dune spinoff titled Dune: The Sisterhood, and a Gossip Girl sequel, as well as numerous adaptations of fantastic books (Station Eleven, Made For Love, Americanah) that can go either way. As for true originals, some of the most intriguing are Rap Sh*t from Issa Rae and DC Super Hero High from Elizabeth Banks.
Who does it appeal to? It’ll likely be a good choice for those who don’t want to shell out for Friends DVDs, or those who are planning on staying away from cable but still want access to a few networks. However, it’s definitely pricey compared to the rest, and unless the originals are really good, it’s hard to justify shelling out the cost when there are so many other cheaper options.