HBO Max nets 'South Park' exclusivity for a reported $500 million

Friday, 01 Nov, 2019

WarnerMedia has unveiled a host of new titles for HBO Max and revealed details of the direct-to-consumer (D2C) service's launch date and pricing.

All episodes from the previous 23 seasons of the show will be available on HBO Max starting in June, and new episodes will debut on the service 24 hours after they air on Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central. It's also more than Netflix's standard plan, which costs $12.99 per month.

The corporate believes by 2025 it will possibly notch 75 million-90 million HBO Max subscribers, together with 50 million in the united statesinclude the prevailing HBO subscriber.

"We wanted to simplify this convoluted world of so many offerings", Lennox said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

Throughout the year after its initial launch, HBO Max will roll out a variety of new features and functionalities it claims cannot be found on any other streaming platforms.

HBO Max will include features like Recommended by Humans where popular celebrities and influencers will provide their own recommendations to users.

Bell Media's agreement also confirms that HBO Max, a platform operated by WarnerMedia that launches next year, won't be headed to Canada as a standalone option.

The service, which is set to launch for $14.99 per month in May 2020, will include "twice the amount of content on HBO currently" from key partners like Cartoon Network, CNN, TNT, Crunchyroll, Sesame Workshop and more, in addition to the slate of HBO originals you now know and enjoy. "And then your existing linear HBO channel, if you will, still is accessible through your DirecTV and AT&T service". Viewers in Canada will have access to HBO titles such as "Game of Thrones" and "Succession", as well as classic network TV hits such as "Seinfeld" and the "Big Bang Theory". But it looks like the main problem remains in subscribing to two WB owned streaming services which seemingly provide the same DC content.

The price is comparable to what Comcast paid to license "The Office" for Peacock and what AT&T paid to grab "Friends" for HBO Max. In 2021, the company will add an ad-supported service to HBO Max and, further down the road, the service will be home to live and interactive content along with special events.