UPDATE: THR reports that sources say that DC Universe, HBO Go, and CW Seed will remain unchanged by the launch of HBO Max, though we should assume that can change over time. Expect overlap at the least, with the Doom Patrol logo popping up in that trailer below.
WarnerMedia has officially named its streaming service, and we’ll all soon be saying hello to HBO Max.
HBO Max will be the new home for Warner Bros. properties, but there is still some confusion to be sorted out including the pricing, and what it means for DC Universe. The latter of which became an even bigger question mark after a promotional video was released.
As you can see, the video says we will see content from DC Universe, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, TNT, New Line Cinema, truTV, and Boomerang. It is not clear if the independent streaming services such as DC Universe and Boomerang will go away and only be available through HBO Max, or if you will still be able to subscribe to some services ala carte.
“HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform,” WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “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.’ Under the leadership of two of the strongest creative visionaries — Casey Bloys (HBO) and Kevin Reilly (original content and acquisitions) — and two of the most experienced digital experts — Tony Goncalves and Andy Forssell — I have no doubt they and their dedicated teams will deliver the world’s best storytelling to audiences of all ages wherever and whenever they want it.”
If DC Universe is folded in, what will this mean for the comic section of the service? And even if it remains a stand-alone, as well as being in HBO Max, will the comics work there?
HBO Max is the new home for The CW
What is known is that the CW shows will be leaving Netflix. Starting with the fall 2019 series, the shows will move to HBO Max as their streaming home. Previously they had appeared on Netflix shortly after their season finales. One assumes it will still populate seasons like season 1 of Batwoman after it concludes, and you will still use the standalone CW app for immediate catch-up. It’s just not clear at this moment.
While it’s nice to finally have a name for the service, it certainly still leaves us with a lot of questions as well.
HBO Max will launch in 2020.