HBO Announces Streaming Service “HBO Max”

Efrain Aguirre, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Warner Brothers has entered the streaming service game with the launch of HBO Max.

It had been announced that HBO Max would launch in May last year, but given the implications the coronavirus has had on the entertainment industry, it was unclear until if that was still the case. It has now been announced that  HBO Max will launch on May 27th. 

At $14.99, it is a little more pricey than the basic Hulu and Netflix subscription tiers. Additionally, you will be able to download content for offline viewing and stream across multiple devices.

 All of HBO’s original content will be available at launch including classic shows such as The Sopranos, Entourage, and Sex and The City as well as newer shows such as Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, and Westworld.

A Friends reunion special was scheduled to be available at launch, but the coronavirus has delayed development and it is not clear when it will be released. Blockbuster movies such as The Matrix and Hobbit Trilogies will be available at launch as well as DC’s library of Batman and Superman movies, classic movies like Casablanca, The Goonies and The Wizard of Oz as well.

HBO Max originals shows such as Legendary and That’s not to Late with Elmo will also be available at launch. 

HBO Now users who do not subscribe through a third party will automatically be eligible to upgrade. So, if you have an HBO subscription that you pay with iTunes you will need to cancel and subscribe.

HBO Max could be Warner Bros answer to Disney+ with a wide selection of content. HBO Max launches May 27th.