Like the theme song says, they'll be there for you… but now it will be on a new subscription service called HBO MAX. In yet another sign that the streaming wars are heating up, WarnerMedia has officially announced the name of its new direct-to-consumer streaming platform, which is expected to launch in spring of 2020 and include 10,000 hours of content. Yes, as previously reported back in 2018, that will include Friends, the sitcom that debuted on NBC in the '90s and has since become one of Netflix's most popular shows.
As the HBO MAX name would suggest, the service will include access to HBO's large slate of original programming, along with old episodes of shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Pretty Little Liars. (It's a little unclear what this means for HBO Go as a stand-alone service going forward.) The service will also feature programming drawn from Warner-affiliated properties like CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and more. HBO MAX will also be the streaming home of Warner Brothers produced dramas that air on the CW starting in the 2019 season like the upcoming superhero show Batwoman and the Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene.
Will there be movies? As you'd imagine, HBO MAX will offer up recent Warner Brothers-produced hits like Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born, and Wonder Woman. There will also be original films produced by Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon. As the HBO MAX trailer below promises, the service will offer lots of stuff in an attempt to woo you away from Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and whatever other streaming service gets announced in the coming months.