Netflix will have to deal with a major competitor: the HBO Max is coming in May 2020 with 10,000 hours of content, bringing movies and episodes of Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Westworld, South Park and Rick and Morty. The streaming service will also feature original series, including a spin-off from game of Thrones called House of the Dragon. It will cost US $ 14.99 per month in the USA, and is not scheduled to launch in Brazil.
HBO Max’s catalog isn’t as big as Netflix’s, but content director Kevin Reilly says it’s better to have “quality rather than quantity” because, on average, users of paid streaming services spend half the time watching the 100 most popular titles.
For this reason, HBO Max will have several exclusive items in the USA, such as the trilogies of Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Matrix, in addition to all the Superman and Batman films from the last 40 years, and all the Studio Ghibli films (such as Chihiro’s trip).
As for the series, the service will have exclusivity over the HBO catalog, as Westworld, The Sopranos, True Blood and Sex and the City. HBO Max will also be released with all episodes of Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Fresh prince of Bel Air (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), The OC, Pretty Little Liars and gossip Girl.
HBO Max will have original series of game of Thrones
And, as it could not be missing, we will have original content. One of them It’s House of the Dragon, based on the book Fire & Blood and co-produced by author George RR Martin. The story takes place 300 years before game of Thrones, accompanying Casa Targaryen (ancestors of Daenerys) as they fight a civil war. The 10 episodes have yet to open.
The Green Lantern, hero of DC Comics, will win its own series. Grease: Rydell High will be based on the famous film from the 70s. Adventure Time: Distant Lands will be a collection of four one-hour specials about what happened after the end of Adventure Time. There will also be new films and documentaries made only for this streaming service.
HBO Max will come with much of the WarnerMedia library, which includes content from HBO, Cinemax, New Line, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros., The CW, CNN, TNT, TBS, Crunchyroll, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Looney Tunes and others.
HBO Max has lists created by humans
And the usage experience seems to be interesting. Behold some of the main features:
- the “highlight” function offers more specific content lists so you don’t have to waste time in the catalog: for example, there is a collection with episodes of Friends who had special appearances by celebrities like Brad Pitt;
- it is possible to tell the service that two people are watching at the same time, so that the algorithm gives different recommendations than each one watches alone;
- there will be a space for celebrities to recommend films and series;
- the service will offer podcasts based on certain programs (such as Chernobyl HBO).
HBO Max arrives in Latin America in 2021
HBO Max will cost $ 14.99 a month when it launches in May 2020 in the U.S. It is the same price as HBO Now, but it is more expensive than the standard plan of Netflix (US $ 12.99 per month), Disney + (US $ 6.99 per month) and Apple TV + (US $ 4.99 per month) .
Those who subscribe to HBO through the operator AT&T will have free access to HBO Max, as well as customers of TV, cellular and fixed internet packages. Anyone who subscribes to HBO Now directly through HBO will be migrated to HBO Max at no additional cost.
HBO Max should only reach Europe and Latin America in 2021. That same year, the United States will get a cheaper version of the service with ads.