WarnerMedia Streaming Service Gets A Name, Will Include ‘Friends’ Library, Greg Berlanti & Reese Witherspoon Films, CW Series
WarnerMedia has officially announced the name of its soon-to-launch streaming service and it ain’t WarnerMedia+. Instead, it’s HBO Max and it even has a logo as you can see above.
It also has been confirmed that full-season libraries of “Friends,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Pretty Little Liars” will be included exclusively on the service which will be “anchored with and inspired by the legacy of HBO’s excellence and award-winning storytelling” but will also showcase other WarnerMedia brands including Warner Brothers, New Line, truTV, Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, DC Entertainment, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, Boomerang and CNN.
HBO Max will be the SVOD home to Warner Bros. TV’s new CW shows “Batwoman,” “Nancy Drew” and “Katy Keene”. In addition, Greg Berlanti will supply four new movies, Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine will produce a minimum of two films, and Nicole Kidman is developing the psychosexual drama series “Crime Farm” for the service. The latter follows a pair of forensic homicide experts whose marriage thrives on their all-consuming investigations into the depravity of the world’s most notorious criminals.
A beta version of HBO Max will be out by the end of 2019, with the full version arriving spring 2020 with over 10,000 hours worth of streaming content initially. An ad-supported offering is also in the works, but a subscription will be the first phase. Netflix has also confirmed that once this service is going, “Friends” will be leaving their service.