Recently, Warner Bros. Discovery held a press event, announcing its plans for the new streaming service “Max,” which will replace HBO Max and merge in Discovery+ content soon.
Here’s everything you need to know!
Starting on May 23, “Max” will be the destination for HBO Originals, Max Originals, Warner Bros. films, the DC Universe, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Conjuring Universe, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, a variety of kids’ content from Cartoon Network and more!
During the launch presentation, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav referenced that Max will offer content for “everyone in the family,” with a wide selection of library content including both kids & family and general entertainment genres, similar to other services like Netflix.
There were also plenty of new Max Originals announced during the presentation, including new additions in the “Harry Potter”, “Game of Thrones”, “Looney Toons,” and “The Big Bang Theory” franchises. It was also announced that “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai” and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” will be available to stream on launch.
On May 23, existing HBO Max subscribers will have access to Max upon launch, as the HBO Max app will automatically update to Max. However, new subscribers will need to download the updated Max app to access the expanded catalogue.
New subscribers can sign up when Max launches in the United States on May 23rd 2023, at Max.com and through participating partners. While existing HBO Max subscribers will have access to Max on day one, with a large portion of subscribers will have their apps automatically updated to Max. Others will need to download the updated Max app to access the expanded catalogue.
Max will offer three pricing options:
- Max Ad-Lite: 2 concurrent streams, 1080p resolution, no offline downloads, 5.1 surround sound quality
- $9.99/month or $99.99/year
- Max Ad-Free: 2 concurrent streams, 1080 resolution, 30 offline downloads, 5.1 surround sound quality
- $15.99/month or $149.99/year
- Max Ultimate Ad-Free: 4 concurrent streams, up to 4K UHD resolution, 100 offline downloads, Dolby Atmos sound quality
- $19.99/month or $199.99/year
In addition, Max will continue to roll out in international markets where HBO Max is currently available, starting with Latin America later in 2023, followed by select countries across Europe and Asia in 2024.
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Photo Courtesy: Warner Bros. Discovery/Max.