This week, Warner Bros. Discovery surprised everyone with the rebranding of HBO Max, one of its most popular streaming platforms. Following the big merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery that took place last year, the company has decided that HBO Max will be renamed Max, and that it will add much of Discovery’s content to its catalog, as well as work on new productions. Here’s what is known about the new Max.
What is Max and when is it launched?
Max is a new streaming service that combines content from HBO Max and Discovery+, Discovery’s streaming platform. The new platform will be launched on May 23.
How much will Max cost?
Much like HBO Max or other streaming platforms such as Netflix, the new Max will offer various subscription plans:
- Max Ad Lite: $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. This option includes two simultaneous streams, 1080p resolution and 5.1 surround sound quality. Will not allow offline downloads. Includes ads.
- Max Ad Free: $15.99 per month or $149.99 per year. This option includes two simultaneous streams, 1080p resolution, 5.1 surround sound quality and 30 offline downloads.
- Max Ultimate Ad Free: $19.99 per month or $199.99 per year. This option includes four simultaneous streams, up to 4K UHD resolution, Dolby Atmos sound quality and 100 offline downloads.
Will I have to re-subscribe to Max if I already subscribe to HBO Max?
Fortunately no, you won’t have to re-subscribe to Max if you already have an HBO Max subscription. As such, Max is still HBO Max, just with a new name, new subscription plans and more content. However, if you are a Discovery+ subscriber, you will have to subscribe to Max if you want to watch its content, as it will keep its standalone app.
What content will be launched in Max?
Max has pulled out all the stops, and has announced the launch of several series that will be of great interest to users. We find, for example, the new Harry Potter series, which will tell (again) the events of the books; The Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, a new spin-off series of Game of Thrones; The Penguin, a spin-off of The Batman in series format, and an anime-like series of Rick and Morty, among many other content that already exists or are yet to arrive.
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