HBO recently announced details for its upcoming on-demand streaming service, HBO Max. HBO already has a streaming platform, dubbed HBO Now, but this new service will offer a lot more than just HBO’s own content. But what is HBO Max really, and will it live up to the hype?
First and foremost, remember that HBO Max is not yet available. The HBO Max launch date is slated for May, 2020. This post will be updated as details continue to emerge about the upcoming service. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on to the details of this new streaming service from HBO!
What is HBO Max?
To answer the question of what is HBO Max, let’s first look at the basic facts about this service.
- HBO Max will be an on-demand streaming service available without cable TV
- Subscribers will be able to use it to watch on-demand shows and movies from a variety of devices
- It will cost $15 per month, with no contract required
- It will include the entire HBO library, similar to HBO Now
- The service will also include non-HBO content, from brands like Warner Bros, Cartoon Network, TNT, TruTV, TBS, Adult Swim, and more
- HBO Max will launch in Spring 2020 (currently scheduled for a May 2020 launch date)
- You’ll be able to watch HBO Max on mobile devices, streaming players like Roku and Apple TV, smart TVs, computers and more
Basically, HBO Max is another service that aims to join the fray of online streaming services for cord-cutters. It essentially takes HBO Now – an existing service that’s popular with HBO fans – and adds on to it. In addition to everything HBO Now offers, the upcoming HBO Max will cover popular content from several other franchises, including Warner Bros, DC, and shows from TBS/TNT/Cartoon Network and many more.
HBO Max will be an on-demand service, so don’t expect it to provide you with live TV streaming. If you’re looking for live TV, a service like Hulu with Live TV or Sling TV will probably be a better option.
What Shows are on HBO Max?
The question on everyone’s mind when it comes to choosing a streaming service is usually simple – what kind of shows and movies are available on this service? We’ll outline the shows on HBO Max in the section below. However, keep in mind that we don’t yet have the full list, as the service is not launched yet. Here’s what we know so far.
The entire HBO library
The primary offering of this service will be access to the entire HBO library. This means every HBO show, new and old, every HBO movie, and hundreds of documentaries and comedy specials. To us, this alone is worth the $15/month cost of HBO Max, as the HBO library is stuffed full of amazing content. And the cost of HBO Now, the service that already offers the HBO library, is $15 as well – so HBO Max will present a much better value overall.
So, with HBO Max, you’ll be able to stream modern hits like Game of Thrones, Barry and Westworld, catch up with classics like The Sopranos, The Wire and Curb Your Enthusiasm. And that’s just the shows – remember that HBO’s digital library is home to a rotating selection of some of the most popular movies of all time!
Select Shows from Partner Channels
HBO Max will include a library of shows and movies from partner channels. HBO is still working on the details of these arrangements, but they have already announced that HBO Max will carry shows from Crunchyroll, Comedy Central/Adult Swim, CNN, TNT, TBS, and TruTV, as well as original content from Warner Bros and DC.
While the full HBO Max show list is yet to be announced, we already know that some of TV’s most popular shows will be coming to the service. Friends, Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, Top Gear, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Rick and Morty will all call HBO Max home soon – and that’s just the beginning!
HBO Max Originals
HBO Max will also be home to some original content that will be available exclusively on the platform. Interestingly, these original shows will not even be available to HBO or HBO Now subscribers – you’ll have to have access to HBO Max in order to watch.
HBO has already announced several upcoming originals, including a home design challenge show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, an exclusive Adventure Time show, The Flight Attendant, Love Life, Let Them All Talk, and more. We expect HBO to invest heavily in these new shows, so this should be a good perk of HBO Max membership.
A Large Film Library
While a lot of the focus is on the shows on HBO Max, it’s also important to remember that the service will offer tons of movies. HBO Max will include the HBO film library, as well as some movies from partner media companies.
From classic films like Casablanca to modern blockbusters like Wonder Woman, HBO Max will have no shortage of great films to enjoy with the whole family!
How Much Does HBO Max Cost?
Once launched, the HBO Max price will be $15 per month. Considering that HBO Now already costs $15 a month, and that HBO Max offers much more than HBO Now, we consider this to be a great value overall.
When Does HBO Max Launch?
HBO Max is slated to launch in May of 2020. HBO has not released an official launch date for HBO Max, but if all goes to plan it should be available by the end of May.
Is HBO Max Worth It?
Now you know what HBO Max is – but is it worth it?
Without the service being fully launched, it’s difficult to say how good the user interface and overall experience will be. However, by looking at the content library, the expected features, and the price, it looks like HBO Max will definitely be worth the money.
What do you think about HBO Max? Will you be signing up? Let us know in the comments!
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