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HBO Max will cost $14.99 per month and will launch in May 2020

AT&T and WarnerMedia just announced the pricing of its HBO Max streaming service, along sharing more details about the timing and content lineup.
The service will cost $14.99 per month the same price as HBO Now. WarnerMedia also says it will be free for HBO Now subscribers and for viewers who subscribe to HBO via AT&T. And it will launch in May of next year.
At the event, HBOs Casey Bloys also announced that HBO has greenlit a Game of Thrones spinoff called House of the Dragon, based on George R.R. Martins book of Westerosi history, Fire and Blood(perhaps explaining whya previously announced spin-off that was recently canceled).
The company also revealed that HBO Max will be the exclusive streaming home of South Park.Plus, Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae and Mindy Kaling are all developing new shows for the service andArrow and Riverdale producer Greg Berlanti announced that hes working on the new DC Comics-related titlesGreen Lantern and Strange Adventures.
Todays presentation for media and investors began with lots of commentary about all the corporate synergies between AT&T, WarnerMedia (which AT&Tacquired last year) and the services namesake HBO.
WarnerMedias entertainment and direct-to-consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt said HBO Max will have 10,000 hours of content at launch, including the HBO library, films from Warner Bros. and original content appealing to all the younger demos.Ten thousand hours sounds like a lot, but Greenblatt acknowledge its less than some competitors (presumably Netflix): We actually think our value proposition improves when we narrow some of the options.
HBO Max will cost $14.99 per month and will launch in May 2020

HBO Max Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly made a similar point, noting that on average, half of the usage on subscription streaming services comes from the top 100 titles, so quality over quantity is important. To illustrate that quality, he pointed to titles like Sesame Street, as well as the Lord of the Rings movies, The Hobbit movies, The Matrix trilogy and The Conjuring films, plus every Superman and Batman movie from the past 40 years.
Were all-in with DC and the associated brand-love that DC generates, Reilly said.
He also noted the service will also stream the 90s classic Friends, as well as The Big Bang Theory, for which it reportedlypaid over $1 billion.
As for originals, Reilly said the company plans to launch 31 Max Originals series (combined with HBO series, that makes for 69 original shows on HBO Max in its first year). Half of them, apparently, will be targeted at a young adult audience, and with most of the episodes released on a weekly basis Reilly argued that this allows for more cultural impact, rather than fading quickly after a binge and burn.
In terms of the product itself, WarnerMedias Executive Vice President Andy Forssell argued that despite a decade of SVOD evolution, its still too hard to find something to watch, and said HBO Max will blend the smart use of data with real human touch, and present them via novel product experiences.
He then showed off how the service will include curated highlights sections focusing on things like Friends episodes with high-profile guest stars. Forssell acknowledged that this might not seem revolutionary, but he argued that it offers a significant deviation from how SVOD services have used screen real estate.
It will also expand HBOs Recommended by Humans feature, where celebrities and other real people can recommend their favorite movies and TV shows. And there will be kids profiles and shared profiles so that the watching you do with others wont interfere with the progress and recommendations from your own solo viewing.
HBO Max will cost $14.99 per month and will launch in May 2020

In July, AT&T first announced its plans for HBO Max, but the details around launch and pricing werent yet known. Instead, the attention so far has been on HBO Maxs content lineup.
The service aims to capitalize on HBOs reputation for premium fare to attract consumers many of whom already pay $15 per month for HBO Now. But it will pad that HBO library with a combination of programming from other WarnerMedia properties like Cinemax, New Line, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros., The CW, CNN, TNT, TBS, TruTV, Turner Classic Movies, Crunchyroll, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and others.
We now know HBO Max will be home to Game of Thrones and its upcoming spin-offs, plus favorite HBO series like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Deadwood, Westworld,and others.
Its also bringing back Gossip Girl, rebooting Grease, making a Dune TV show, and streaming all 21 Studio Ghibli films.
Other HBO Max shows will include a Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene;Search Party; Batwoman; Adventure Time;Stephen Kings The Outsider;Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams horror series Lovecraft Country;Joss Whedons The Nevers; Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) The Gilded Age;David E. Kelleys The Undoing; Rules of Magic, a prequel to Alice Hoffmans 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.
Upcoming literary adaptions include Tokyo Vice,The Flight Attendant, Circe,Made for Love,Station Eleven, andAnna K: A Love Story.
More recently, HBO Max has announced a new documentary on Anthony Bourdain, an overall deal with Lisa Ling, a documentary about Amy Schumer, a Melissa McCarthy comedy film, a documentary with Monica Lewinsky, and a new deal with J.J. Abrams Bad Robot (the deal allows Bad Robot to make TV under the WarnerMedia umbrella and then sell it to other streaming services).
Abrams was part of todays event. He said its too early to announce any specific programming under the new deal Bad Robot already works with HBO on titles like Westworld, and Abrams has a new show in the works called Demimonde but he declared, Theres no company that values storytelling more than WarnerMedia.
And for classic movie lovers who mourn the loss of FilmStruck, Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff, said the service will offer a rich library of films from the Warner Bros. and MGM library, curated titles from Turner Classic Movies, as well as decades and decades of more great titles from The Criterion Collection.
AT&T said on Monday it plans to spend about $2 billion on the service over the next two years and aims to sign up some 50 million subscribers by 2025.
The service will arrive at a time when competition in the streaming market is heating up. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Videos successes have paved the way for new entrants like Apple TV+, which launches Friday, and Disney+, which arrives mid-November. NBCU is also joining next year with its streaming service Peacock, which will offer The Office and other classic shows, alongside new originals, like a Battlestar Galactica reboot.
These streamers are gaining at the expense of traditional TV, which has impacted other parts of AT&Ts business.
In the third quarter, it lost another 1.2 million satellite and fiber-optic-TV customers as well as 195,000 AT&T TV Now (previously DirecTV Now) subscribers. AT&Ts profit was down 22% year-over-year to $3.7 billion and revenue had fallen 2.5% to $44.6 billion.
Eventually, AT&Ts plan is to merge its AT&T TV Now live TV service into HBO Max and add on a discounted ad-supported tier to HBO Max to make it more affordable.
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