Everyone wants a slice of the streaming pie that started when Netflix began killing it in the ratings when it debuted original content way back in 2013. Hulu and Amazon have already made names for themselves in the streaming wars and it won’t be long until Disney and Apple enter the fray with their own original content. And now we can add another contender to the mix: WarnerMedia.
After months of speculation, WarnerMedia finally unveiled the name of their own streaming service: HBO Max. Sharing the name with the popular premium cable channel, HBO Max will host over 10,000 hours of content, with some big names attached to it.
HBO Max will feature all current HBO series and library including Game Of Thrones and Westworld. Shows from The CW, like Riverdale and all current DC-related shows on that channel, will also stream after their runs on television. Content from Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, CNN, and DC Entertainment will also be featured. And of course, Warner Bros. films will also be available.
HBO Max will also be the exclusive streaming home to classic shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Pretty Little Liars. Original content will also come to the service. Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon are producing films for the service, and we already know of two literary adaptations being made into series.
But perhaps the biggest news to come from this announcement: Friends will be leaving Netflix next year to stream exclusively on HBO Max. Netflix confirmed the series’ departure in a tweet:
The One Where We Have To Say Goodbye.
We’re sorry to see Friends go to Warner’s streaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in The US). Thanks for the memories, gang ☕
Made For Love is a comedic story about a woman named Hazel who runs out on her marriage to a sociopathic billionaire, but must deal with a monitoring chip in her brain implanted by the husband to follow her every move. Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic story that follows various characters trying to survive a flu pandemic.
Somerville is both writing and executive producing both shows. Made For Love will be directed by S.J. Clarkson, one of the directors of the upcoming Game Of Thrones prequel. Station Eleven will be directed by Hiro Murai, the director of several episodes of Atlanta and Donald Glover’s “This Is America” music video. Both shows will be produced by Paramount TV.
Do these adaptations make you want to subscribe to this new streaming service?
After a very long production cycle, the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher is finally ready to debut sometime later this year. The show will star Henry Cavill, the British actor famous for playing Superman in Man of Steel, in the lead role as the titular Witcher: Geralt of Rivia. The series is an adaptation of The Witcher series of novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski centering around the adventures of Geralt in the fantasy world of an unnamed continent inhabited by elves, dwarves, and other races living alongside humans. Geralt was trained at a young age, gifted supernatural powers and skills in order to slay deadly monsters that roam the land. The books have had a cult following worldwide and have been adapted into a series of best selling video games.
So far, there have been eight books in The Witcher series, three stand alone tales while the rest revolve around a story arc concerning a girl named Ciri, a child of destiny who is wanted by supernatural forces for her power and whom Geralt must protect. Netflix debuted the first poster and a few preview images for the series, showcasing Henry Cavill’s Geralt along with a few other characters from the series, such as the sorceress Yennefer and Ciri. Check them out below!
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While obviously just teaser images, the poster and images are extremely exciting. Geralt’s appearance looks extremely close to the actual games, bringing the grittiness we’ve come to expect from the character. In addition, the looks of Yennefer and Ciri feel close to the spirit of the original works while being slightly altered for this adaptation of the source material. Overall, these images are extremely exciting and we can’t wait to see these characters on our screens when the series debuts sometime in the fall. Netflix also released the official longline for the series, which also sounds very exciting:
Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
Fantasy fans, this one is a must see! How do you like this teaser? Are you excited for The Witcher’s debut? Let us know in the comments!
Game of Throneswent out on a high mark, at least in terms of ratings. The finale episode drew in an audience of 19.3 million episode across HBO’s various platforms, according to BuzzFeed. The new record beat the previous episode, The Bells, which had already set a huge high mark with 18.4 million ratings. The impressive overnight ratings showed that television is still a huge and valid form of entertainment, drawing in millions of viewers if the show is big enough.
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HBO’s previous record holder for most watched was the final episode of The Sopranosback in 2002, which drew in a then massive audience of 13.4 million. But Game of Thrones has blown that out of the water with nearly every episode this season. Each episode, accounting for streaming and rewatching, has drawn in an average audience of over 44 million viewers! Whoa! That’s massive! HBO must be sad to see the series reaching its conclusion considering the high amount of viewers the season has drawn in but thankfully for both them and fans, more Game of Thrones spinoffs are on the horizon. It remains to be seen in these spinoffs will draw in Game of Throne’s massive fanbase and hold a candle to their parent show but with the established huge audience for the show, anything is possible.
In any case, the final season is a huge milestone for HBO and indeed, TV in general! Congratulations to Game of Thrones!
It seems Game of Thronesmight be the latest to suffer as a result of the ongoing trade war. According to CNN, China’s video internet service which owns the rights to the show, shocked viewers when they delayed the release of the final episode due to “video transmission problems”. This was a huge blow to Chinese fans of the show, who vented their frustration and dismay over the episode’s sudden and unexpected delay online. Many fans suggested a possible connection between the ongoing trade war and the episode’s delay, and touting the possibility that streaming services were being targeted along with other products.
Several viewers responded to the delay by posting the infamous ‘shame’ GIF.
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The timing is possibly parallel to the escalation of the trade war, with Donald Trump raising tariffs on Chinese goods, with China also raising its own tariffs on U.S. goods in turn. In addition, anti-US propaganda has escalated in China, leading to a lingering thread of hostility between the two countries. Chinese productions with US links, meanwhile, have been vanishing from various networks, getting cancellations without warning. Historical channels have also been airing propaganda films showcasing their countryman fending off American invaders. It’s possible Game of Thrones has become the latest victim of this due to intensifying relations.
What do you think of this situation? It’s a pity of all those Game of Thrones fans overseas who were deprived of the finale but it seems to be a symptom of a much larger problem.