- By Michael Jacobo
Finally, after so many months. It is finally here. HBO Max is the latest streaming service, courtesy of WarnerMedia. It lands in the middle of the Streaming Wars, pitting it against the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and Apple TV+. What chance does it stand? How could it ever be as great — or better — than the other streamers?
It doesn’t hurt that a.) it has been hyped for about a year and a half, and b.) they have some great content for subscribers, and I mean that sincerely. Last summer, it was announced that Reese Witherspoon and Greg Berlanti’s production companies had struck development deals with the streamer, and that was just a peak at what to expect. Since then, HBO Max has acquired series like the Gossip Girl reboot, DC’s Doom Patrol, docu-series Expecting Amy, the quirky comedy Search Party, as well as films such as the recently acquired An American Pickle, starring Seth Rogen in dual roles.
In addition to their impressive original content, HBO Max will also feature classic and comtemporary films as well as HBO’s catalogue (it should also be noted that current subscribers of HBO Now and Go will automatically have Max included in their subscription. If you have HBO as an add-on to a separate subscription — like say, Amazon Prime — you will still have to pay for Max).
HBO Max premieres May 27th.