The anticipation toward the launch of HBO’s streaming service HBO Max has been building for some time, and now an official launch date is in the books. Variety reports that WarnerMedia has set a May 27 start date for the service, featuring a range of original programming as well as older classics.
All of HBO’s current programming will be available on the service, including the Award-winning drama series’ “Westworld” and “Succession” as well as new comedies “Avenue 5” and “Run” which both premiered this year. Beloved favorites such as “The Big Bang Theory,” “Friends” and “Southpark” are also on their way, as well as a whole host of movies including “Joker” and “Wonder Woman,” according to Variety.
Included in Todd Spangler’s Variety report is the following statement from the chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer, Bob Greenblatt:
“Our No. 1 goal is having extraordinary content for everyone in the family, and the HBO Max programming mix we are so excited to unveil on May 27th will bear that out. Even in the midst of this unprecedented pandemic, the all-star teams behind every aspect of HBO Max will deliver a platform and a robust slate of content that is varied, of the highest quality, and second to none.”
Original content coming soon to HBO Max includes “Justice League Dark” and “Overlook”, produced by J.J. Abrams’ production company, as well as an 8-episode documentary “Wahl Street” which will take a look at the life of actor Mark Wahlberg. A “Friends” reunion will also be on its way, which is set to see the cast reunite after all these years in a highly anticipated special.
The service will be available at $14.99 a month and it’s reported that those subscribed to HBO Now will be able to attain HBO Max at no additional cost.
It marks the latest in a growing list of streaming services available to audiences, with Disney+ launching just a few months ago and mobile video platform Quibi debuting earlier this month. With the current state of theatres across the world right now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of these services has never been greater in providing entertainment to mass audiences.