HBO Max Streaming Service Review

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One of the key elements needed to compete in the Great Streaming War against the likes of Netflix, Disney+, Amazon, Hulu, and others is to possess a vast and diverse entertainment catalog to keep potential subscribers occupied not just for hours, but days, weeks, and even months on end. For HBO Max, the newly expanded streaming service has plenty of content thanks to WarnerMedia’s many subsidiaries: HBO, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros., Adult Swim, Studio Ghibli, Crunchyroll, and many more. At launch, HBO Max promises to provide over 10,000 hours of content.

And while Netflix reportedly has around 36,000 hours of movies and shows at any given time, setting a high bar for quantity, HBO Max has quality on its side: it brings with it a level of brand recognition and prestige that no other service (apart for Disney) can match. Warner Bros. alone has been in the entertainment business for over a century, producing iconic, award-winning films like Casablanca, The Shining, and the entire Batman, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings sagas. In short, you don’t have to wade through nearly as much junk on HBO Max in order to get to the good stuff.

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However, even with an impressive list of movies and TV shows to stream at launch, HBO Max’s user interface has to function as seamlessly as its competitors so subscribers can enjoy the overall experience. At launch, the Max has a greater than average number of kinks in terms of its features and availability that it still needs to iron out. Of course, while there are some red flags to consider, if we’ve learned anything from Disney+’s technical debacle when it first launched, it’s never too late to recover.

To learn more about what we thought of the HBO Max streaming platform, read on for a more detailed overview of its movies and shows, user interface, and pricing when compared to other providers.

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HBO Max’s TV Shows and Movies

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In this competitive streaming landscape, holding the rights to popular shows and films is key. Netflix probably realizes this better than anyone, especially since the streaming giant offered WarnerMedia $ 100 million just to hold onto the rights to the enduringly popular ‘90s sitcom Friends back in 2018. But Warner refused, and now, all of your favorite episodes of Friends can be exclusively be found on HBO Max (even though the highly anticipated Friends reunion special is currently on hold due to the novel coronavirus). Apart from Friends, HBO Max is also the one and only home to countless series from HBO, TNT, Cartoon Network, Sesame Workshop, and across Warner Bros’ many studio divisions.

This means, especially if you’re already an existing HBO subscriber, that you’ve gone from having access to the entire library of HBO’s hit series like Game of Thrones and The Wire, to now having (nearly) everything else from WarnerMedia’s empire at your fingertips. IGN has a complete list of everything that’s available on HBO Max at launch right here, but some notable highlights include the entire Studio Ghibli collection, all eight Harry Potter films, and a curation of timeless Turner Classic Movies like Gone With the Wind and Once Upon a Time in the West.

But there are glaring omissions in that list. Much in the same way Disney+ did not have its entire lineup available at launch, HBO Max is missing favorites such as Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and the four Christopher Reeve Superman films due to various licensing agreements with other services that have yet to run their course (or, seemingly, because they want to keep some programming, like Superman and Batman: The Animated Series, exclusively on their DC Universe streaming platform). For more notable movies and shows missing from HBO Max’s library, check out the gallery below:

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It’s not all about the library of course: there are also a handful of HBO Max Originals, both scripted and unscripted (read our launch reviews here). These include Love Life, an entertaining rom-com starring Anna Kendrick, and Looney Tunes Cartoons, a modern re-imaging of the classic animated series featuring iconic characters like Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig. Sadly, none of these launch shows are worth the price of admission (see our section on pricing below) on their own. It’s surprising that WarnerMedia did not strive to release a new tentpole launch series here like Disney+ did with The Mandalorian and Apple TV+ did with The Morning Show and See – which both feature A-list actors such as Reese Witherspoon and Jason Momoa, respectively. Perhaps HBO Max’s lack of a prestige series at launch is due to production delays caused by the novel coronavirus, or simply poor planning.

Looking ahead, we’re excited to finally see the Justice League Snyder Cut in 2021, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi drama Raised By Wolves, Ansel Elgort’s Tokyo Vice, the hotly-anticipated Adventure Time specials, high-concept Dune: The Sisterhood, and Greg Berlanti’s live-action Green Lantern series that will feature Sinestro and two Earth Lanterns. But it seems shortsighted for the service to rely so heavily on library content at launch without also touting a buzzy, must-watch series to help lure in subscribers.

HBO Max’s User Interface

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HBO Max’s user interface is seamless to navigate, with the standard curated carousels for when you’re in the mood for “edgy animation” like Rick and Morty and Primal, or “blockbuster franchises” such as Die Hard and The Lord of the Rings. You can also easily search by genre via a sidebar, and browse WarnerMedia’s various networks by simply clicking on one of the “HBO Max Hubs” to Adult Swim, Studio Ghibli, or DC depending on what you’re in the mood for (similar to the way Disney+ breaks down its content across Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, etc). In terms of its aesthetics, HBO Max is a good looking interface with its vibrant blue, purple, and pink hues that are easy on the eyes.

Where the streaming platform struggles is not with its visual appearance and ease of navigation, but in the lack of features that we’ve all come to expect should be found on any modern-day service backed by a multi-billion dollar company. For starters, there’s no 4K or HDR support available at the time of writing, which is a big disappointment considering that rivals Disney+, Netflix, and Amazon all offer this feature (although a 4K subscription does cost $ 15.99 per month on Netflix in the US). To its credit, HBO Max does have a “continue watching” option (Disney+ infamously did not when it debuted) and the ability to download shows and movies for convenient offline viewing on a phone or tablet. The fact that the platform’s licensing deals have also prevented a simultaneous global rollout (similar to Disney+, which staggered its international launches over several months) also put it at a disadvantage compared to its competitors.

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Another issue plaguing the launch of HBO Max is the confusion consumers are having over the differences between HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO Max when it comes to existing subscriptions. Thankfully, we have an HBO Max sign-up explainer if you find yourself scratching your head, but the TL;DR is that if you have Go or Now, you probably already have HBO Max without even knowing it, although navigating the sign-up process has proven daunting for some.

And lastly, before you make a decision to sign up, you should be aware that HBO Max is currently not available on Amazon Fire and Roku devices due to WarnerMedia and their parent company AT&T not being able to reach a deal with Roku and Amazon yet. That’s a shame, since these particular streaming devices reportedly account for 80 million TV households.

HBO Max’s Price

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In terms of cost, HBO Max falls in the higher priced tier of streaming services, on par with Netflix, which currently offers a 4K, four-simultaneous-streams plan for $ 15.99 in the US. While HBO Max may seem a bit expensive when compared to Disney Plus’s surprisingly affordable $ 6.99 per month rate, it’s actually a pretty good deal when you consider that HBO Now, along with most cable packages that carry HBO as a standalone channel, have been charging $ 15 for some time now. HBO has been able to justify that high cost with its outstanding original content. And here, HBO Max is essentially providing that same service with a ton of additional movies and television series from WarnerMedia’s other subsidiaries at no extra cost… it’s basically HBO on steroids.

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HBO Max: How to Sign Up for the New Streaming Service

A major new streaming service has arrived. HBO Max is now live, bringing with it loads of content, including HBO’s enormous catalog of movies and original series, the classic sitcom Friends, plus movies from DC, Studio Ghibli, Criterion, and much more. Here’s how to sign up for HBO Max, as well as everything else you need to know about the newest streaming service to enter the crowded and competitive field.

You Might Already Have HBO Max

Many current HBO and HBO Now subscribers automatically get access to HBO Max. You can check here to see if your sign-in credentials work. If they don’t, you can check the HBO Max FAQ for details about your specific situation. However, the best route may be to cancel your current subscription and then sign up for HBO Max separately.

Sign Up for HBO Max Here

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Assuming you haven’t been grandfathered in to the new service, the easiest way to sign up for HBO Max is by going to the HBO Max website and creating an account. This is what you should do if you don’t currently subscribe to HBO in any form.

How to Sign Up for HBO Max in the US

Alternatively, you can also sign up for the streaming service through another provider if you so choose. At the moment, WarnerMedia says sign-ups are available through AT&T, DIRECTV, AT&T U-Verse, Spectrum, Altice, Suddenlink, Optimum, Cox Contour, Verizon Fios, Hulu, YouTube TV, Samsung, Apple, Google Play, Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s PlayStation 4, and select independent cable and broadband providers. More providers are expected in the future, but HBO Max isn’t currently available through Roku, Comcast, or Amazon Fire TV.

Is HBO Max Available Outside the US?

HBO Max is only launching in the US on March 27. While there are plans for an international rollout in 2021, HBO Max won’t be available in the UK or Europe at launch thanks to existing licensing deals. There are plans for HBO Max to launch in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2021, with WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey telling investors, “We’re prioritizing our international expansion in Latin America and Europe where we currently operate HBO networks and have existing over-the-top services.”

What’s on HBO Max?

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HBO Max is populated with content from three providers. There’s HBO; other WarnerMedia properties including DC, Warner Bros. Pictures, The CW, and Adult Swim; and new original content, called HBO Max Originals.

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HBO Max has an enormous amount of content to stream. For starters, it contains all of HBO, which means you can stream every episode of nearly all HBO series – from past favorites like Game of Thrones, The Wire, The Sopranos, and Six Feet Under, to current hits like Barry, Succession, Insecure, and Westworld, to upcoming shows like Lovecraft Country and the reboot of Perry Mason – including new episodes the minute they go live. You also get access to HBO’s vast selection of movies, documentaries, and specials.

WarnerMedia Properties

The second big pillar of HBO Max content comes from HBO parent company WarnerMedia (which owns Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, CNN, TNT, TBS, TCM and TruTV) and includes shows like Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who, Rick and Morty, Adventure Time, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and many more. It also features over 2,000 movies, with films from the DC cinematic universe, Criterion Collection, Studio Ghibli, Warner Bros. and, eventually, the Justice League Snyder Cut.

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Max Originals

Finally, HBO Max offers a growing selection of Max Originals. Available now are a handful of series, including a new Looney Tunes cartoon and a romantic comedy anthology called Love Life, starring Anna Kendrick. Several additional shows have been announced with future release dates. Coming in June, subscribers will be able to watch new seasons of Doom Patrol and Search Party, as well as the Seth Rogan movie An American Pickle, among others.

It’s a lot of content, and it costs $ 14.99 per month, which is also the price of a standard HBO or HBO Now subscription. If you’ve been thinking about subscribing to HBO, it’s safe to say that HBO Max is the best way to do it. It gets you everything available in HBO Now or HBO Go, and a lot more.

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Netflix Unscripted: The Streaming Service’s Reality Shows You Need to Be Watching

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ViacomCBS Digital Chief Talks Streaming Growth Trends, Market Size and ‘Picard’ Tentpole

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Streaming now accounts for 80 percent of the US music market

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NBC's Peacock streaming service might include live video

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Lionsgate Play Sets Additional Streaming Deal With India’s Airtel

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Apple chief executive office Tim Cook revealed roughly 14 original TV shows at a press conference Sept. 10 that will be available through Apple TV+, including “The Morning Show,” starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell and a series focused on mental health created by Oprah Winfrey, who is working with Prince Harry for the project. 
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Dish Network Introduces ‘Sling TV’ Video Streaming Service

By Jennifer Saba and Lisa Richwine

Jan 5 (Reuters) – Dish Network Corp on Monday took the wraps off its long-anticipated video streaming service, named Sling TV, targeted to younger consumers who shun pricey cable and satellite subscriptions.

The $ 20 a month service, the first from a distributor, will be available through Internet-connected devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Google Nexus Player for TVs, tablets, computers and smartphones. It will include television programming and sports events from Walt Disney’s ABC, ESPN and Maker Studios, Time Warner’s TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, and Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel.

Dish said it will announce a launch date and additional media partners soon.

The satellite TV provider noted that Sling TV is not the same as Sling Media, the Foster City, California, company known for Sling Box devices that let people watch TV across multiple screens.

Sling TV will be closely watched in the media industry as the television ecosystem undergoes a drastic change.

For Dish, it will be a delicate balance: it does not want to encourage more people to dump its more-costly core satellite service for Sling TV.

For the third quarter, Dish said it lost about 12,000 pay-TV subscribers compared with the second quarter. It has about 14 million subscribers, making it the second-largest U.S. satellite TV company.

Dish CEO Joe Clayton said in an interview that Dish knew its satellite TV business was maturing and started thinking about the video streaming service several years ago.

The 18 to 35 year-old target demographic is not buying pay TV, said Clayton, who views Sling TV as complementary.

“We are not only launching a new product category but a new industry,” he said.

Dish is embarking on the new service as it battles over distribution agreements with media companies, including CBS Corp, which launched a brief blackout, Twenty-First Century Fox’s cable news and business networks, which have been pulled from Dish, and Turner Broadcasting.

Controlled by Charlie Ergen, Dish is known as an aggressive company. It launched a failed $ 25.5 billion bid for mobile phone operator Sprint and has often rolled out new technologies, frequently to the ire of its media partners.

Dish’s Auto Hop is one such example. The DVR set-top box, which automatically skips commercials, prompted litigation from CBS, Disney and Fox.

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Aereo Cleared To Auction TV Streaming Technology In Bankruptcy Deal

(Reuters) – A bankruptcy court has allowed defunct video streaming company Aereo Inc to auction its TV streaming technology assets, according to court papers published on Friday.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan ruled on Wednesday that Aereo could sell its assets, after the company reached an agreement with broadcasters over the sale process.

These broadcasters include CBS Corp, Comcast Corp’s NBC, Walt Disney Co’s ABC and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s Fox.

Under the agreement, Aereo will allow the broadcasters to attend the auction of the assets and provide them a weekly update on the status of the sale process.

Aereo filed for bankruptcy in November, five months after the U.S. Supreme Court said it violated broadcasters’ copyrights by capturing live and recorded programs on miniature antennas and transmitting them to subscribers for $ 8-$ 12 a month.

That decision effectively closed down New York-based Aereo, whose business model was to offer a less-expensive alternative to cable television.

The case is In re: Aereo Inc, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-13200.

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Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Streaming and Dreaming

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Oh. My. God. Oh. My. God. Omgid Omigod Omigod. I am so embarrassed. I’m a grown woman and I just got the equivalent of a time out.

This morning, I sat down to address some comments on a blog post of mine, and what did I see? Or not see? At the end of it where there used to be a video of Lea Michele and Cory Monteith singing a song from Glee, there was now a black rectangle with a little red guy inside and a message that said, ‘The YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple notifications of copyright infringement.’ Like I said. Omigod.

Horrified, I scrambled to my YouTube account. It was still in tact. Phew. Apparently I was not the infringer. I did not upload that video, but indeed, I borrowed it. And that wasn’t very nice of me. I embedded that naughty uploader’s tainted URL. Or “Earl” as I have come to call it. (Isn’t that so much easier to say than U-R-L?)

Truth is, in the back of my mind I knew I was doing something I wasn’t supposed to do. Me of all people. Me, writer of songs for which I would like to be compensated fairly.

I’ve pretty much been a law-abiding blogger. I’ve been paying $ 15 a piece for licensed Shutterstock images.

Hard copy images have always had a price, (just like recorded music). And when the cyber revolution presented itself and it became possible to use an image without paying for it laws were put into place that prevented that from happening. Photographers have families to feed. They bust their butts to do good work and make a living. I totally get it. But what about songwriters?

The digital marketplace has made fair compensation for use of music problematic.

My songs are streamed over and over again. And my royalty statements reflect a mere pittance of what they used to. There is more and more easy access to music but less and less compensation for the creators of it. As James S. Levine reported in his recent commentary, “The World Has Changed, It’s Time Our Music Licensing System Did Too,” it takes one million streams on Pandora for a songwriter to earn $ 90. Sigh.

Anyway, I did what I often do in the fluster of an internet faux pas (or when I’m embarrassed because of a poorly formatted tweet). I had a chat with my go-to media gal in London. She has some kind of Batphone on which we can communicate affordably. She always has a sober way of explaining online best practices to someone who, up until Jan 1 of this year, didn’t know how to send a friend request or tag a photo.

She explained the difference between previewed images and ones that appear on a host site. She talked to me about Creative Commons and savings packages on Shutterstock. Today I’m a little more image savvy than I was yesterday. Although she’s preaching to the choir. I understand how important it is to make sure the photographer survives. Even the despicable paparazzi who intrude on people’s private space. And private parts. Like the one who took that infamous photo of Britney’s crotch. Even him. (He’s probably streaming one of my songs right now.) If we can protect him, why can’t we protect the livelihood of the musician?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not asking for the real reasons. I know the facts. I know all about the consent decree, (royalty rate regulation which hasn’t been updated since the 1940’s.) I’ve signed the Songwriters Equity Act and I imagine I’ll be in Washington in the near future marching for the cause. I know about the lobbyists who argue on behalf of digital media companies against balanced reform. I’m not seeking literal answers. I ask out of sheer exasperation. This is strictly emotional. Rhetorical.

If we were able to sort things out so civilly for other vulnerable parties, why can’t we cut through the muck and get it right for the songwriter? We have families too. 🙁

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