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HBO Max: Everything to learn about HBO’s newer, larger streaming app

HBO Max launched in May.


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HBO Max, the streaming service from AT&T’s WarnerMedia, options an amped-up library of additional exhibits and originals you can’t get on its common HBO community, nevertheless it additionally comes with some confusion: How a lot will it price you in particularly? What’s occurred to HBO Now and HBO Go? And why can’t people watch it on Roku or Fire TV

Similar to rivals Netflix and Disney Plus, HBO Max has a sprawling catalog of hit exhibits and movies, plus a big-budget slate of unique originals. Generally, HBO Max is the costliest of the bunch. New subscribers can enroll and pay $15 a month after a weeklong free trial. That matches the value HBO already fees for its common channel on most pay-TV suppliers and for its preexisting standalone streaming service, HBO Now. Some (however not all) present HBO clients can get HBO Max at no added price. 

And HBO’s numerous apps — HBO Go, HBO Now and now HBO Max — had been winnowed down Saturday. The firm removed HBO Go, and HBO Now grew to become a renamed app merely known as HBO. At the tip of the adjustments, the corporate can have simply two apps: An HBO app, which is $15 a month and is restricted to programming on the common community for individuals who pay for the app straight, after which HBO Max, which can also be $15 a month however with double the exhibits and flicks. 

But these adjustments creates some complications for  Roku and Amazon Fire TV customers. Because it did not safe distribution offers, HBO Max is not obtainable to stream on these units. And they’re the preferred streaming units within the nation. Roku and Amazon Fire TV collectively represented 70% of the streaming devices in the US final 12 months. 

Anybody who presently streams HBO Go on a Roku or Fire TV is left within the lurch. Without Max, which is the app meant to successfully change Go, individuals who use these units want to leap by some hoops to stream HBO now that Go is gone. (See the machine assist part beneath for extra particulars.)

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HBO Max launched with nearly the complete catalog of Studio Ghibli animated films, streaming within the US for the primary time. 


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Still, to entice you to present it a strive on different platforms, HBO Max has padded itself with extra content material than you will discover on the common HBO channel and HBO Now. For the identical value, HBO Max doubles the quantity of programming. AT&T, which owns HBO as a part of its WarnerMedia TV and movie division, has been pouring billions of {dollars} into its budgets for unique programming and into costly offers to stream blockbuster films from DC, Harry PotterStudio Ghibli and the Criterion Collection, in addition to widespread exhibits like Friends, The Big Bang TheoryRick and Morty, Doctor Who and new episodes of Adventure Time. (There’s a deep dive into the exhibits and flicks on Max close to the tip of this text.) 

HBO Max may also have podcasts in its library primarily based on its programming, alongside the strains of final 12 months’s podcast companion to the miniseries Chernobyl. It’s working with iHeartRadio on a slate of podcasts linked to HBO Max’s upcoming originals and legacy exhibits. Two of the primary exhibits getting a companion podcast are Search Party, the comedy thriller that beforehand aired on TBS, and Raised by Wolves, an unique sci-fi drama directed by Ridley Scott. 

HBO Max’s so-called Max Originals may also provide new, unique exhibits and flicks. The newest high-profile unique is the fabled “Snyder cut” of the 2017 movie Justice League. Beyond that, the service had six originals at launch, together with anthology series Love Life, starring Anna Kendrick. (HBO Max introduced two weeks after launch that Love Life has been renewed for a second season.) HBO Max is including 11 extra originals over the summer time, together with the Aug. 6 premiere of Seth Rogen’s comedy movie An American Pickle. 

One extremely anticipated unique was lacking at launch. A Friends reunion particular was anticipated to function the service’s marquee exclusive on day one. But like most issues on this planet, HBO Max’s unique productions have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Confined to their properties, folks throughout the nation are streaming rather more, however the novel coronavirus and its respiratory illness, COVID-19, have additionally shut down tv productions globally. HBO Max has stated it is delivering 95% of the brand new exhibits and flicks it had deliberate for launch and shortly thereafter. (The firm has stated it is aiming to movie the Friends reunion by the tip of the summer time.)

HBO Max’s $15-a-month value matches the price of HBO Now and of HBO’s common channel whenever you get it by most pay-TV suppliers. By comparability, Disney Plus is $7 a month and Netflix’s hottest tier is $13 a month.

For new HBO clients, pricing is easy. You simply enroll and pay the $15 month-to-month price after a seven-day free trial. Early subsequent 12 months, HBO Max will add a brand new tier that is cheaper every month however consists of commercials to assist the low cost. 

But if you happen to already pay for HBO, the query of whether or not you get a free improve to HBO Max has no easy reply. Some individuals who have already got an everyday HBO subscription or HBO Now will get Max for no extra cost, however not everybody. For you to get the automated improve to Max, HBO must strike a take care of the corporate that is already billing you for HBO, whether or not it is a cable TV firm like Charter or a digital supplier like Apple or Amazon. 

HBO Max has been ramping up these offers, and there is a rising checklist of suppliers which are letting their HBO clients improve to Max. (See the complete checklist beneath.) But HBO Max would not have offers with each supplier. If you are in that boat, you could possibly be pressured to decide on: both pay twice — one invoice for normal HBO and one other for HBO Max — or cancel your present HBO subscription to enroll in Max straight as an alternative. 

This confusion could also be a think about HBO Max’s problem getting present HBO pay-TV subscribers to enroll in Max, even when they already qualify for an improve at no added price. Only about 1.1 million folks have activated a Max account by upgrading their current HBO service that they pay for by an everyday TV supplier. That’s out of greater than 30 million present HBO clients that doubtlessly qualify for a free improve. All they’d need to do is obtain the app, log in and watch — however hundreds of thousands aren’t to this point. 

Overall, about 4.1 million accounts have signed up for HBO Max in its first month. That’s far lower than the greater than 10 million sign-ups Disney Plus reported in little greater than 24 hours after its launch in November. But people who find themselves utilizing HBO Max appear to love it: People are spending 70% extra time watching Max than they did HBO Now, the corporate’s earlier standalone streaming app, primarily based on common hours spent viewing per week.

One factor that will get extra folks flocking to HBO Max in the course of the coronavirus pandemic can be premiering big-budget films like Tenet or Wonder Woman 1984 there. Other Hollywood giants, together with Disney and Comcast’s Universal Pictures, have been switching to on-line debuts for a few of their movies that had been initially destined for the large display screen, like Disney Plus’ launch of Hamilton earlier this month. 

But HBO Max will not premiere Warner Bros.’ Tenet on the streaming service, and AT&T indicated that different films like Wonder Woman 1984 possible will not find yourself on the streaming service till lengthy after theatrical launch, every time that occurs. While the corporate could transfer some movies off its theatrical slate and onto HBO Max as an alternative, AT&T’s CEO stated this is able to be content material “on the margins.”

Another huge gap? HBO Max doesn’t offer 4K decision or high dynamic range picture high quality at launch. CNET’s review of HBO Max displays that till the service resolves these points, HBO feels prefer it’s nonetheless a piece in progress. 

So yeah, it is all difficult. Below are the finer particulars about HBO Max’s price, reductions, app and its exhibits and flicks.

What units can stream HBO Max?

HBO Max is offered on all kinds of units, together with telephones, tablets, the net, linked TVs and recreation consoles — nevertheless it’s lacking apps on Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

  • Most Apple units that may stream video assist HBO Max — iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. However, clients with second- and third-generation Apple TV fashions might want to stream HBO Max content material from their iPhone or iPad to their TV with AirPlay.
  • Google’s Android working system for telephones and tablets have an app for Android TV units, Chromebooks, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in units will assist HBO Max too. 
  • Sony’s PlayStation Four methods can obtain the HBO Max app by way of the PlayStation Store. 
  • Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming consoles have the HBO Max app by way of the Microsoft Store.
  • Select Samsung internet-connected sensible TVs — fashions from 2016 by 2020 — can obtain and buy HBO Max straight.

But two essential streaming units haven’t got HBO Max. Neither Roku nor Amazon Fire TV units assist HBO Max, though these units symbolize the overwhelming majority of streaming units within the US. Researcher Parks Associates estimated that almost 70% of put in streaming TV units within the nation had been both Roku or Amazon Fire TV merchandise final 12 months, and the businesses have greater than 80 million energetic customers between them. 

HBO Max executives say they’ve apps prepared for each Roku and Fire TV, however the firm should hammer out offers with each these distributors first. 

On the day of HBO Max’s US launch, Roku stated that though HBO Max wasn’t on Roku’s units but, the corporate appears ahead “to helping HBO Max in the future successfully scale their streaming business.” Roku stated it was centered on mutually optimistic distribution agreements with all new providers.

Amazon’s feedback on the matter have been somewhat extra, nicely, fiery. The deadlock with HBO Max partly stems from Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, which is a service that lets folks subscribe to a number of streaming providers in a single place and pay for them by Amazon. In an announcement on the day HBO Max launched, Amazon stated practically 5 million HBO streamers are subscribed by Amazon’s Prime Video Channels. 

“Unfortunately, with the launch of HBO Max, AT&T is choosing to deny these loyal HBO customers access to the expanded catalog,” the corporate stated. “We believe that if you’re paying for HBO, you’re entitled to the new programming through the method you’re already using. That’s just good customer service and that’s a priority for us.”

By late July, AT&T was firing again at Amazon — however staying silent on Roku. “We’ve tried repeatedly to make HBO Max available to all customers using Amazon Fire devices, including those customers that have purchased HBO via Amazon,” AT&T CEO John Stankey stated, referring to individuals who pay for HBO utilizing Amazon Channels. “Unfortunately, Amazon has taken an approach of treating HBO Max and its customers differently [from] how they’ve chosen to treat other services and their customers.”

HBO Max stated Thursday that it has nothing new to share. “We continue to work hard to reach agreements with the few outstanding distribution partners left to bring all of HBO Max to customers on platforms,” a spokeswoman stated. Previously, HBO Max has stated it has apps for Roku and Fire TV ready to go. But the service should work out offers with each corporations first. 

What do I do if I used to stream HBO Go or Now on Roku or Fire TV? 

The sunsetting of HBO Go and rebranding of HBO Now on Saturday units up difficulties for some Roku and Amazon Fire TV customers. Anybody who presently streams HBO Go on a Roku or Fire TV shall be left within the lurch, with out a lot steering about easy methods to cope. 

For legacy HBO Now clients, you should not discover a lot distinction. You ought to be capable of log into the HBO app with the identical credentials that you just beforehand used for HBO Now. 

But what do you do if you happen to relied on HBO Go to stream on a Roku or Fire TV?

If you are on this group, the excellent news is you’ll be able to unlock the newly renamed HBO app, however you must bounce by some hoops first. AT&T pseudo-collapsed HBO Go and HBO Now collectively into the rebranded HBO app. While this app will not have any of the additional originals, exhibits or films that you just get with HBO Max, you will nonetheless be capable of maintain streaming common HBO programming with it on Roku and Fire TV. 

But for legacy HBO Go clients, you must improve your HBO account for HBO Max. Once you register an electronic mail deal with and password with HBO Max, you should utilize your HBO Max credentials to signal into the newly rebranded HBO app on each Roku and Amazon Fire TV.  

In addition, Roku famous that individuals who pay for HBO by Comcast, Charter or AT&T TV can stream HBO on the Comcast Xfinity Stream, Spectrum TV and AT&T TV apps too. Amazon did not reply to messages looking for remark. 

How a lot does HBO Max price?

HBO Max is $15 a month at launch with a seven-day free trial. 

AT&T’s CEO John Stankey has stated HBO Max will launch a cheaper, ad-supported tier early subsequent 12 months. He did not specify the value, the exact launch date nor any catalog limitations that this tier may need. 

Before launch, individuals who preordered the service at HBOMax.com unlocked a reduction deal that lowered the value to $13 a month for the primary 12 months. Preordered accounts did not qualify for the seven-day free trial. 

HBO’s legacy standalone streaming service — HBO Now, to be rebranded as merely HBO– additionally price $15 a month. Though HBO Now will proceed to function beneath the streamlined title HBO, HBO Max basically replaces it. 

Legacy HBO Now subscribers are welcome to stay with that service, however they’re going to basically be paying the identical quantity for much less programming. On cellular, the HBO Max app successfully changed the HBO Now app by automated software program replace on Apple and Android telephones and tablets.         

Compared with rival streaming providers launching earlier than HBO Max, that pricing could really feel steep. Disney Plus is $7 a month, and Apple TV Plus is $5. Both are providing offers that may lower the value additional or providing prolonged free intervals to some clients. Apple, for instance, is giving freely a 12 months’s subscription to anybody who’s bought an Apple machine since early September. And Disney arrange a take care of Verizon so any of the provider’s cellular subscribers get a 12 months free. 

How do I get HBO Max if I already pay for HBO? What will it price me?

Things get extra difficult if you have already got HBO and need to know what the launch of HBO Max means for you. Some individuals who have already got an current subscription to HBO are in a position to unlock HBO Max at no additional price, but not everyone

Legacy HBO Now subscribers by Apple or Google barely wanted to do something to unlock HBO Max. The HBO Now app was routinely changed by the HBO Max app by way of a software program replace on these cellular units that assist HBO Max. In these circumstances, whenever you open the brand new HBO Max app, you simply must conform to the HBO Max Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and select to “Access All of HBO Max,” and also you’re set, in line with an HBO Now support page.

Some HBO Max distributors unlock an HBO Max improve at no additional price for any present HBO and legacy HBO Now clients, because of offers HBO Max has struck with them. You qualify for the HBO Max improve at no additional price if you happen to already pay for HBO by: 

  • AT&T (HBO’s guardian firm) and DirecTV, U-verse, AT&T TV Now, AT&T TV and AT&T wi-fi customers who can add HBO with sure limitless plans
  • Charter and its Spectrum services
  • YouTube TV or Google
  • Apple
  • Hulu
  • Altice USA and its Optimum and Suddenlink providers
  • Verizon and its Fios providers
  • Cox Communications
  • The NCTC group of unbiased cable and broadband corporations — that features WOW!, Atlantic Broadband, RCN, Grande Communications & Wave, MCTV and others. (Check if your pay-TV provider is an NCTC member.)
  • Comcast X1 and Flex clients

However, it is unclear if HBO Max will strike extra offers with different pay-TV suppliers, whether or not that is conventional suppliers like Dish or internet-based ones like Amazon Prime Video Channels and The Roku Channel

Amazon stated in an announcement that almost 5 million HBO streaming clients entry their subscription by its Amazon’s Prime Video Channels. “Unfortunately, with the launch of HBO Max, AT&T is choosing to deny these loyal HBO customers access to the expanded catalog,” the corporate stated. “We believe that if you’re paying for HBO, you’re entitled to the new programming through the method you’re already using. That’s just good customer service and that’s a priority for us.”

AT&T can also be providing a sophisticated matrix of promos for HBO Max. Some clients get Max at no additional price, whereas others qualify for a one-month, three-month or one-year free trial. Your finest shot at determining whether or not you qualify is to test your account or the myAT&T app, however CNET additionally lists AT&T’s qualification phrases for its HBO Max promos

When is HBO Max launching elsewhere?

HBO Max launched May 27 within the US. 

After that, HBO Max’s first worldwide expansions will prioritize Latin America and Europe. Latin America will get HBO Max in 2021, the corporate has stated. 

HBO Max’s US timing will put it close to the tip of a parade of streaming service launches. Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus launched in November. April introduced Quibi, a mobile-only streaming service that options brief, episodic originals. Also in April, NBCUniversal’s Peacock launched a “sneak peek” at its service on Comcast earlier than launching nationally July 15. 

What product options does HBO Max have? 

In a long-anticipated function for anybody streaming HBO Go, HBO Max has downloads for its cellular apps. Unfortunately, like most issues with HBO Max, the corporate would not have a transparent reply for whether or not there are limitations on the quantity of programming you’ll be able to obtain.

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HBO Max brokered a reported $425 million deal for all episodes of ’90s hit Friends, which exited Netflix to start out streaming on HBO Max at launch.


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“We don’t have a crisp answer for you on how many downloads will be allowed but it’s going to be a very comfortable number for most people,” Andy Forssell, the product chief of HBO Max, stated. “The limit will probably be how much space you have in your device versus our limit, and that will liberalize over time.” 

HBO Max lets you stream to a few completely different units concurrently. By comparability, Disney Plus permits 4 simultaneous streams, and Netflix permits between one and 4 relying on how a lot you pay every month. 

You may also create as much as 5 profiles to maintain suggestions separate for various members of the family, and it additionally has child accounts which are unlocked by getting into a PIN. These parental controls enable mothers and dads to set the maturity ranges of the programming every youngsters’ profile can entry, primarily based on scores like PG and TV-14. 

For HBO Now members, HBO Max routinely replaces the HBO Now cellular app by a software program replace. 

But there is a draw back to the transition from HBO Now and HBO Go to HBO Max: HBO Max will not protect any of your watch historical past if you happen to swap from an current HBO streaming account. So your personalised suggestions begin with a clear slate, and HBO Max will not know, for instance, if you happen to’ve already watched each episode of Game of Thrones thrice or if you happen to’re midway by the film Joker and need to decide again up the place you left off. 

Another lacking component: HBO Max doesn’t offer 4K decision nor high dynamic range picture high quality at launch. 

Where can I join HBO Max? 

The easiest solution to get HBO Max is to enroll in it straight at hbomax.com

Through Apple, HBO Max shall be an iOS app for iPhone and iPad, which is able to mean you can enroll and pay by an in-app buy. Apple may also combine HBO Max into its personal TV app, which lets you congregate sure streaming channels to observe them in a single place. 

Through Google, HBO Max can have an app for Android telephones and tablets within the Google Play retailer, and you can enroll contained in the app with an in-app buy. You’ll additionally be capable of stream HBO Max on Android TV, Chromebook and Google Chromecast. If you already subscribe to HBO Now by Google Play, you will routinely be capable of log in to HBO Max at launch at no extra cost, and you may proceed to be billed by Google. And YouTube TV, the streaming pay-TV service operated by Google’s YouTube, may also carry HBO Max. 

People with Samsung Smart TVs that assist the HBO Max app may also be capable of enroll straight there. 

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Shows and flicks: What can I watch?

Generally, HBO Max consists of all of the exhibits and flicks on HBO, plus a collection of high-profile licensed content material, like Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Rick & Morty and South Park. It’ll layer exclusive original programming on high of that. Originally, HBO Max deliberate to have 31 originals in its first 12 months and amp that as much as 50 originals within the second 12 months. Despite the coronavirus, HBO Max says it would have 30 originals in 12 months one and 60 in 12 months two.

Now that the service is stay, a straightforward solution to see what’s obtainable with out signing up is a third-party catalog search service like Reelgood. The following part summarizes what HBO Max has and what’s coming. 

The easiest a part of the catalog to know is HBO itself. HBO Max consists of every part on common HBO, so which means all of the theatrical films that come and go from the channel; new episodes from all HBO collection, like Perry Mason and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver; and the previous seasons of these packages in addition to the complete HBO again catalog, like Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Veep and The Wire; plus the entire HBO unique movies, documentaries and specials. 

Movies are a vital a part of the catalog. And any film that is obtainable to observe on the normal HBO community may also be obtainable to stream on HBO Max. Highlights of the HBO Max movie catalog will embrace (however not essentially be obtainable at launch):

  • The so-called Snyder lower of Justice League, slated to reach on HBO Max in 2021
  • The full units of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix trilogies.
  • The Lego films.
  • DC movies like Joker, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Aquaman and each Batman and Superman film of the final 40 years.
  • Studio Ghibli anime movies which have by no means been launched for streaming within the US earlier than.
  • Anime picks like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and different high titles from anime-focused streaming service Crunchyroll, which can also be owned by AT&T. 
  • Classic films like The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Gone With the Wind, The Shining, Singin’ within the Rain, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Goonies, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and plenty of others.
  • Newer hits like Crazy Rich Asians and A Star Is Born.

On high of that, AT&T has been licensing exterior hit exhibits to beef up HBO Max’s catalog. The most eye-popping offers have been:

  • A reported $425 million deal for all episodes of ’90s hit Friends, which exited Netflix to start out streaming on HBO Max at launch
  • A reported $500 million deal to stream The Big Bang Theory

It’s additionally secured offers for previous seasons of Rick and Morty; 11 of the latest seasons of Doctor Who, plus one other three to return; CW dramas like Pretty Little Liars, Batwoman, and Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene in addition to extra upcoming CW collection; The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; The West Wing; and British collection like Luther and Ricky Gervais’ unique The Office, amongst many others. 

Animated satire South Park is not going to solely contribute its full again catalog to HBO Max but additionally stream new episodes. The newest episodes of South Park will stream on HBO Max 24 hours after they air on Comedy Central for the subsequent three seasons.

And HBO Max can have unique new exhibits and flicks known as Max Originals. For essentially the most half, unique collection on HBO Max will drop new episodes on a weekly foundation. 

At launch, the originals are: 

  • Love Life, the romantic comedy starring Anna Kendrick and produced by Kendrick and Paul Feig, identified for blockbuster comedies like Bridesmaids
  • On the Record, a controversial Me Too documentary movie about report government Russell Simmons.
  • Legendary, a contest present primarily based on underground drag balls. 
  • Craftopia, a YouTuber-hosted craft collection.
  • New Looney Tunes cartoons.
  • The Not Too Late Show with Elmo.

After launch, Max subsequently launched extra Originals, together with: 

  • Karma, an unscripted youngsters journey competitors collection — June 18.
  • Doom Patrol, the second season of the DC Universe collection — June 25.
  • Esme & Roy, the second season of the preschool animated collection from Sesame Workshop — June 25.
  • Search Party, the third season of the comedy thriller that initially aired on TBS — June 25.
  • Adventure Time: Distant Lands-BMO, which is the primary of 4 specials resurrecting Cartoon Network’s franchise Adventure Time — June 25.
  • Expecting Amy, a three-part docuseries about comic Amy Schumer’s life on tour throughout her being pregnant — July 9.
  • Close Enough, an animated comedy about millennial roommates — July 9.
  • The House of Ho, a multigenerational household docusoap — July 16.
  • Tig n’ Seek, an animated youngsters’s collection from Cartoon Network Studios about an 8-year-old and his gadget-building cat — July 23.

And Max Originals with confirmed launch dates embrace: 

  • Frayed, a scripted comedy a few rich Londoner who goes again to her Australian hometown — July 30.
  • The Dog House, an unscripted British animal rescue collection — July 30.
  • American Pickle, the Seth Rogen comedy that’s HBO Max’s first unique movie, a few 1920s immigrant who will get preserved in pickle brine for 100 years and meets his great-grandson (each characters portrayed by Rogen) in modern-day Brooklyn — Aug. 6.

Then over the course of the autumn and past, HBO Max will add different originals, together with: 

  • The Flight Attendant, starring and government produced by Kaley Cuoco primarily based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian.
  • The Friends unscripted forged reunion particular.
  • Sci-fi epic Raised by Wolves from director and government producer Ridley Scott. The 10-episode collection focuses on two androids elevating human youngsters on a mysterious planet. The present had already wrapped manufacturing in South Africa.

Of HBO Max’s originals, about half are focused at younger adults aged 16 to 34, and the remainder shall be divided between extra grownup fare and children and household content material exterior the HBO model. 

Some of the opposite highlights of the originals set for HBO Max embrace: 

  • New DC titles. A Green Lantern collection that producer Greg Berlanti (a young-adult TV guru behind Riverdale and Arrow) says will journey to house and “promises to be our biggest DC show ever made.” Strange Adventures, a one-hour drama anthology collection additionally produced by Berlanti that explores the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans. DC Super Hero High shall be a half-hour comedy from Elizabeth Banks, the producer and actress identified for the Hunger Games movies and 30 Rock, that’ll give attention to a gaggle of adolescent college students at a boarding college for “gifted” youngsters.
  • Projects by J.J. Abrams. Abrams, identified for a parade of tv and field workplace hits, signed a megadeal with AT&T and WarnerMedia to make tasks for the corporate. On HBO Max, he’ll assist produce a show set in the Justice League Dark universe; Overlook, a thriller primarily based on Stephen King’s The Shining and set within the Overlook Hotel; and a 1970s crime present known as Duster. 
  • A half-hour comedy from actress-producer Issa Rae. Rae’s Rap Sh*t explores the music enterprise in Miami by the eyes of three ladies: an upstart hip-hop duo and their hustling supervisor.
  • A half-hour comedy from actress/producer Mindy Kaling. College Girls (a working title) tracks three 18-year-old freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont. 
  • The Boondocks animated collection is getting “two reimagined seasons” together with a 50-minute particular initially deliberate for fall 2020. 
  • A brand new Jellystone animated collection with the traditional Hanna-Barbera characters from Warner Bros. Animation. 
  • A brand new animated collection from Cartoon Network Studios known as The Fungies, in addition to a hybrid live-action/animated comedy, Tooned Out, from Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis.
  • Comedy specials from Conan O’Brien and the group behind his TBS present. They’ll be creating 5 stand-up specials for HBO Max: O’Brien will host two specials that function brief units from a number of up-and-coming comics and curate hourlong units from three comedians. That slate will be part of one other one-hour particular from comic James Veitch.

The service can have a smaller slate of unique movies, between 5 and 10 per 12 months, in line with the unique plan. Early highlights on the unique film slate embrace: 

  • A two-picture take care of Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. 
  • A documentary about Anthony Bourdain.
  • A four-picture take care of Berlanti, together with Unpregnant, about two teenage girls who go on a highway journey to New Mexico after one finds out she’s pregnant, primarily based on the younger grownup novel by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan.
  • Super Intelligence, a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy a few lady whose romantic life is chosen for remark by synthetic intelligence.
  • Bobbie Sue, a comedy function starring Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez as an up-and-coming younger lawyer who joins a stuffy Boston regulation agency.

How does HBO Max slot in with HBO Go and HBO Now?

Right now HBO has three whole streaming apps: HBO Max, HBO Now and HBO Go. But the corporate is eliminating HBO Go as of July 31, and its renaming HBO Now as merely HBO. So, as soon as the adjustments are full, it would have solely two streaming apps: HBO Max and HBO. 

HBO Max is just like the legacy HBO Go and HBO Now apps however with extra programming and extra product options. Generally talking, HBO Now and HBO Go had been roughly the identical product. The most important distinction is who makes use of them: HBO Now was the community’s stand-alone streaming app that permit anybody join $15 a month with no need to be a part of a pay-TV bundle, whereas HBO Go is the app for individuals who have already got an HBO subscription by a live-TV supplier like cable or satellite tv for pc. Both HBO Now and HBO Go streamed all of the programming obtainable on WarnerMedia’s conventional HBO community. 

Most legacy HBO Now clients can swap over to HBO Max for no extra price. Most Now customers who need to improve to Max simply want to just accept the phrases of service, a privateness coverage and a variety confirming they need the expanded catalog. 

For HBO Go customers, it’s more complicated. HBO Go is unlocked by a pay-TV subscription, however HBO Max will not unlock for all pay-TV clients. (Pop again as much as the “How do I get Max if I already have HBO?” part for these particulars.)

WarnerMedia’s resolution to eliminate HBO Go as of July 31 additionally complicates issues for individuals who use that app to stream with Roku, Amazon Fire TV or some other units that do not assist HBO Max. Unless HBO Max reaches offers with these corporations, individuals who depend on HBO Go to stream HBO programming with a Roku or Fire TV will not have a easy app to do it as soon as HBO Go is retired. To watch on TVs, these HBO pay-TV subscribers might want to watch HBO by their cable, satellite tv for pc or different enter, or by their pay-TV operator’s personal app, if one exists.

How is HBO Max completely different from all the remainder of AT&T’s streaming providers?

AT&T itself has much more streaming providers. 

AT&T TV is just like a cable or satellite tv for pc pay-TV service, besides it is delivered over the web. AT&T TV consists of stay channels, DVR and video on demand that cable subscribers are conversant in, plus the flexibility to stream from apps like Netflix and Pandora. To watch on TVs, AT&T TV has its personal proprietary streaming field that AT&T requires you employ, and subscribers can watch every part on cellular units with an app too. Right now, it begins at $50 a month for the most cost effective tier’s first 12 months; the value jumps to $93 a month within the second 12 months. 

AT&T TV Now, however, is a live-TV streaming service alongside the strains of Sling TV or YouTube TV.  If you had been conversant in DirecTV Now, AT&T TV Now is simply the renamed model of that service. Rather than requiring a selected field, it lets subscribers stream stay channels to Rokus, Apple TVs, Fire TVs and extra, and the channels can be found on a cellular app as nicely. It additionally has a cloud DVR. Services like this are typically known as skinny-bundle streaming providers, however AT&T TV Now’s most cost-effective bundle is not notably skinny — $55 a month for greater than 45 stay channels (not together with HBO). Still, it is not fairly as strong as AT&T TV, which is supposed to duplicate the large cable packages of conventional TV. 

Finally, AT&T Watch TV is nearer to a conventional skinny bundle. It provides greater than 35 stay channels, together with AT&T-owned TBS, TNT and CNN. AT&T Watch TV is a free perk included with sure limitless AT&T wi-fi information plans, however anybody can join it for $15 a month. It was designed as a mobile-first service, however you’ll be able to stream AT&T Watch TV to televisions with a number of containers, together with Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, however others aren’t supported, like Roku containers.

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