Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) recently paid $80 million to keep Friends on its service through 2019 and will lose the streaming rights to another classic show, The Office, in early 2021. Though HBO Max is billed as a direct-to-consumer service, AT&T executives have hinted that it will also be pay-TV friendly, likely meaning that cable operators and other distributors will also have an opportunity to sell HBO Max to their video customers. Friends is going to be leaving Netflix on January 1st, 2020 and remain away from a streaming service up until Spring 2020 when it'll launch on the newly announced HBO Max platform.
Although Netflix rarely publishes viewership figures, it reportedly paid $100 million to extend streaming rights by just one year for the New York-based sitcom starring Jennifer Aniston in 2018. TV's new CW shows Batwoman and Katy Keene, a spinoff of Riverdale beginning with the fall 2019 season.
Greg Berlanti - the man behind The CW's Arrowverse - and Reese Witherspoon will be producing original films for HBO Max. By bringing it in-house, WarnerMedia is banking that "Friends" fans will migrate for a new streaming service. Are you still watching Friends?
President Trump's personal tax records could soon be made public
Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal , D-Massachusetts, however, has signalled that he may not be interested. The Trump administration has continued to stand its ground against all efforts to obtain his tax returns.
As more companies unveil their own streaming services, they're trying to make them more appealing with exclusive shows and deep libraries and pulling some of their stuff from Netflix. The streaming service will also include brand-new shows, called "Max Originals", and movies.
"Gremlins", an animated series from Warner Bros.
Max is the name of WarnerMedia's forthcoming streaming service, which is being built to compete with Netflix, Hulu, and other collections of TV and movie programming. Without resorting to a Google search, how many of you can explain the difference between HBO Max, HBO Go and HBO Now?
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Chick-fil-A's calling it Cow Appreciation Day , part of its almost 25-year campaign to convince customers to "Eat Mor Chikin". All you have to do is show up dressed like a cow (or any sort of cow apparel, really) and you'll get a free entree.
HBO Max will launch to the public in the spring of 2020, a little later than originally expected.
So, if you're in mid-rewatch of all the awkward, ridiculously messy, yet somehow hilarious situations that Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, and Joey get into, we suggest you savor these moments. A price for HBO Max hasn't been set yet, but it is likely to be slightly more than the $14.99 HBO Now costs, people familiar with the matter said.
AT&T survived an antitrust challenge and a year ago finalized a deal to acquire Time Warner, which included the Warner Bros studios, Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting and other assets for some $85 billion.
U.S. welcomes Sudan's power-sharing deal
State Department said in a statement that special envoy for Sudan Donald Booth will return to the region soon. The council will include five civilians representing the protest movement and five military members.