WarnerMedia has officially announced its new streaming service: HBO Max, from which it intends to offer a vast amount of shows and films that are featured in the company’s extensive library. It will be aimed at an audience of all ages and will feature programs that reflect this intention.
Among the listed shows that will stream on the service include popular fair such as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Pretty Little Liars, and Friends, the lattermost of which will be taken off of Netflix and moved exclusively to HBO Max. In addition to older shows, the service will also host an array of previously announced but yet-to-be-released new programs such as Batwoman, Dune: The Sisterhood, and Stephen King’s “The Outsider,” all of which are set to premiere on the service between 2020 and 2021.
Some of the big names attached to produce content for the service include figures like Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams, both of whom are set to produce a series based on Matt Ruff’s horror novel Lovecraft County, as well as Joss Whedon, who is creating a new science fiction series called The Nerves that will be exclusive to the service.
In a statement regarding the announcement of the platform, WarnerMedia chairman Robert Greenblatt said, “HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform. HBO’s world-class programming leads the way, the quality of which will be the guiding principle for our new array of Max Originals, our exciting acquisitions, and the very best of the Warner Bros. libraries, starting with the phenomenon that is ‘Friends,’”
The announcement of yet another streaming service may be disconcerting to some, since it seems that just about every major media company is creating their own streaming service in order to stay relevant as the age of cable-television comes to a close and the rise of streaming platforms begins. Still, HBO Max’s lineup seems to be fairly solid, and promises to include some very interesting new projects from some talented figures within the industry.
The service is set to launch in spring 2020.