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Beefed-up WarnerMedia unveils HBO Max streaming service

Beefed-up WarnerMedia unveils HBO Max streaming service”

WarnerMedia unveiled its long-awaited HBO Max, which will cost consumers $14.99 a month when it launches in May 2020, making it the most expensive gladiator in the streaming wars.

Executives Tuesday said HBO Max will launch with 69 new and returning original series, including "Run", a comedy by "Fleabag" actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, "The Undoing", starring and produced by Nicole Kidman, and "The Outsider", a thriller by Stephen King. The price of the service will be $14.99 per month.

AT&T's HBO Max does sound enticing because of its wide selection of content' both original, old, and very, very old.

All 23 seasons of South Park will be made available on the streaming service next June, followed by three more new seasons which will debut on HBO Max just 24 hours after airing on Comedy Central.

Despite being the last entrant into the field, AT&T is counting on HBO's sterling brand reputation - its slogan once was "It's not TV, it's HBO" - and the slew of talent its has signed to bolster the new service. HBO will be boasting 38 new and returning series on HBO Max in the next year, including new shows like The Gilded Age and The Nevers.

Podcasts will be available via the HBO Max mobile app, which will be pre-loaded on phones sold to AT&T customers, and available for download for everyone else. It will be interesting if they continue to parter with cable companies like Comcast to include HBO Max on their X1 platform.

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WarnerMedia will probably reveal more about the inner workings of the app itself. The streaming service has a strong lineup of original series coming your way.

So, exactly what will the 10,000 hours of content comprise of?

The company has also buffed up their licensed content, outbidding competitors to be the exclusive streaming home for Friends and The Big Bang Theory.

South Park will anchor HBO Max's young adult animation offering that will also include a selection of Adult Swim series such as cultural phenomenon The Boondocks and Robot Chicken; Crunchyroll's anime programming; and in a deal just signed for exclusive USA streaming rights, the entire feature film library of Studio Ghibli, Japan's Oscar-winning animation house led by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. So far, all we know is that this option won't be available till 2021. Don't worry, parents can lock the young ones out of the grown-up content, but HBO Max has plenty they want the kids to watch too. If you're even younger, you might relish The Not-so-late Show with Elmo that's also launching with the subscription service.

Binge-watching or Weekly Episodes?
The service will compete with Netflix as well as a host of new streaming services like the upcoming Disney+ and Apple TV+. "Audiences have connected with Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny - either alive or dead - for over 20 years, and we look forward to connecting these characters to new audiences on HBO Max".



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