The HBO Max streaming platform has officially launched this Wednesday, May 26, featuring an array of content curated from across WarnerMedia’s catalog and a roster of new Max originals, along with acquired franchises and films.
The new direct-to-consumer platform features 10,000 hours of premium content, including the entire HBO service; movies and TV series from Warner Bros.’ 100-year content collection; highlights from New Line; catalog titles from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth and Looney Tunes Cartoons; a selection of classic films curated in partnership with TCM; along with a monthly offering of new Max originals.
Max originals available at launch include Love Life, On the Record, Legendary, Craftopia, Looney Tunes Cartoons and The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo. Throughout the summer, new originals will debut, including Karma, a second season of Doom Patrol, a second season of Sesame Workshop’s Esme & Roy, the return of Search Party, the first of four animated specials of Adventure Time: Distant Lands, and the three-part documentary series Expecting Amy.
HBO Max will feature a library of more than 2,000 films within the first year. Starting today, audiences can stream all eight films in the Harry Potter franchise. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will also be available on HBO Max via the HBO service.
The service seemingly debuts at a perfect time, as the Covid-19 pandemic ensures many Americans are spending much more time at home and are thus seeking new TV content to watch. But the pandemic has also brought some unexpected blows, as productions across Hollywood have halted. The Friends reunion special, which was planned to be available at launch, has been delayed, as has the much-anticipated Gossip Girl reboot which has been put back to 2021. Consequently, Anna Kendrick fronted romcom series, Love Life, has stepped in as the service’s flagship show at launch.
The service is available for a fee of $14.99 a month or free for AT&T pay-TV customer who are currently paying for HBO. Distribution deals are in place with the likes of Charter, Cox, Verizon, Altice, Apple TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, Android, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox, and talks are reportedly ongoing with Roku.
The service in expected to launch in Latin America some time in 2021.
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NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock is launching for Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex customers at no additional cost.
This lines up with the schedule that the company announced in January, which pointed to a broader launch on July 15. NBCUniversal says that’s still happening, though the launch will no longer coincide with the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Comcast subscribers get access to Peacock’s premium tier, that includes an on-demand library of more than 15,000 hours of TV and movies, including “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” and its various spin-offs, “Jurassic Park” and “Shrek.” It also includes early access to NBC’s late-night shows “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon and “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”
When the service launches more broadly in July (which is also when it launches on mobile), there will be a free tier with roughly half as much content. If you pay for Peacock Premium separately, it will cost $4.99 per month with ads, or $9.99 per month without ads.
Peacock will eventually feature original programming, including a reboot of “Battlestar Galactica.” The release dates for some of that original programming may be delayed, however, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down productions worldwide.
Quibi is launching with nearly 50 shows. The initial lineup includes “Chrissy’s Court” (in which Chrissy Teigen presides over small claims court), “Shape of Pasta” (a food and travel show starring chef Evan Funke) and “Survive” (a scripted plane crash drama starring Sophie Turner). All the episodes are less than 10 minutes in length, and can be viewed in either portrait or landscape mode.
Quibi says it will be delivering more than 25 new episodes every day, including segments of what the company is calling Daily Essentials — news and entertainment shows like “Last Night’s Late Night” from Entertainment Weekly and “The Replay” from ESPN.
The service costs $4.99 with ads or $7.99 per month without ads. Quibi is also offering a 90-day free trial if you sign up before the end of April.
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Australia’s Beyond International is to acquire U.K. distributor TCB Media Rights, previously owned by Kew Media Group.
The acquisition will be completed through Beyond’s Ireland-based subsidiary, Beyond Entertainment Limited (BEL).
In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, Beyond said it will acquire 100% of the share capital of TCB for cash and will also advance funding to TCB to repay an intercompany debt owing to Kew.
Founded in 2012 by Paul Heaney, non-scripted factual specialist TCB’s television sales portfolio includes “Abandoned Engineering,” “Combat Ships,” and “Egypt’s Unexplained Mysteries.”
NENT Group-owned distributor DRG has signed an agreement with Mexican indie Dopamine to co-finance, develop and produce English-language scripted content.
DRG distributes non-scripted, factual formats and some drama series, including “Doc Martin” which traveled to more than 100 territories and was remade in many countries. Dopamine, meanwhile, was launched in 2017 and has notably delivered the successful TV series “Hernán,” a big-budget Spanish-language historical series about the life of the conquistador Hernán Cortes.
The partnership will Dopamine will further increase DRG’s investment in the U.K. production industry where it already boasts a presence through NENT Studios U.K. A first production from DRG and Dopamine will soon be unveiled.
The idea behind the partnership is to create standout new English-language scripted content for broadcasters and streaming platforms worldwide.
Disney+ launches in seven European countries on March 24, 2020, and in France on April 7.
Using 25% lower bandwidth, Disney+ launches in UK, Ireland, France and 5 other European countries.
As expected, Disney announced that it is officially launching its streaming service across seven markets in Europe — but doing so using reduced bandwidth given the strain on broadband networks as more people are staying home because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, has signed a licensing deal with A+E Networks that is set to make hundreds of hours of episodes of hit series from A&E and HISTORY, including Pawn Stars, available to stream after the platform launches later this year.
Featured A&E series available on Peacock include: Cold Case Files, which explores compelling new cases that have gone cold for years and chronicles the journeys of the detectives who reopened them, and The First 48, a genre-defining series that has inspired countless true-crime programs. After 15 years and thousands of investigations, audiences continue to be engrossed in the emotional stories featured in the series.
Also included in the deal is Storage Wars, which quickly became A&E’s top-rated non-scripted series and went on to inspire a number of similar series and creating an entire reality TV sub-genre. The series follows professional buyers who visit storage facilities looking to strike it rich by buying repossessed storage units.
HISTORY series set to be available on Peacock include American Pickers, a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking” as Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz hunt for America’s most valuable antiques and the stories that follow them; Ancient Aliens, which explores the controversial theory that extraterrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years; and Curse of Oak Island, which follows Rick, Marty and the Oak Island team in their quest to solve the 224-year old treasure mystery.
Also from HISTORY is Pawn Stars, the longest-running show on cable, which takes you inside the colorful world of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, run by the Harrison family. Lastly, Project Blue Book, a new series follows a brilliant professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead the military’s clandestine investigations into reports of UFOs and related phenomena, is set to bow on Peacock. Each episode draws material from the authentic government files that were top secret when they were originally compiled under the Blue Book header.
Launching in April for Comcast video customers with Xfinity X1 and internet-only customers with Xfinity Flex, and nationally across platforms in July, Peacock will feature thousands of hours of on-demand movies and shows—including exclusive originals—from NBCUniversal and beyond, as well as current and live content including news, sports, late night, reality, Hispanic programming and more.
Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens‘ Propagate Content has partnered with German production stable Constantin Entertainment to develop and produce entertainment across all formats and genres.
Los Angeles-headquartered indie Propagate has produced a raft of scripted and unscripted programming, with recent credits such as the documentary November 13: Attack on Paris; docuseries In Search Of for History; and reality series Planet of the Apps for Apple.
Its expanding portfolio of companies include Electus (Running Wild with Bear Grylls); Big Breakfast (Adam Ruins Everything); Notion (Chopped); Hard Twenty, Incognita, and talent management firms Artists First and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.
Constantin Entertainment, a subsidiary of Constantin Film, runs production facilities in a number of European countries. Its credits include The Voice (Israel, Switzerland); Kitchen Nightmares (Greece, Poland, Serbia, Croatia); and MasterChef (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria).
Sky Studios and Italy’s The Apartment, the Fremantle-owned production company headed by Lorenzo Mieli, have forged a multi-year development and production partnership that marks Sky’s first agreement of this type outside the U.K.
Under the deal, Sky Studios, which is the Comcast-owned pay-TV broadcaster dedicated production arm, will provide The Apartment development funding for a minimum of three shows alongside a commitment to produce.
Mieli, a co-founder of Fremantle’s Wildside and the producer behind globally successful shows such as “The Young Pope” and “My Brilliant Friend,” as well as Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming “We Are Who We Are,” founded The Apartment, which is a separate Italian Fremantle unit, in January 2020 as an incubator of high-end projects for the international market.
The deal, which is non-exclusive, strengthens the existing tie between Mieli and Sky that started with Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope.”
The agreement with Sky Studios is very flexible as far as who would handle distribution outside of the territories where Sky operates which are U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Spain. Sky is the largest satellite TV operator in Europe with roughly 23 million subs.
Launched last June Sky Studios has currently has 52 scripted shows in production across Europe. Sky has also announced plans for Sky Studios Elstree, a new film and TV studio with 14 sound stages that’s set to open in 2022.
The Belgian media company DPG Media is aligning with Telenet to launch a new streaming service for the Flemish market this year.
Telenet currently has 400,000 customers for its Play and Play More services, while DPG operates the AVOD VTM GO and has developed a platform for its own paid streaming service. The companies will pool their resources to launch a joint platform this year as a standalone paid app and via the Play service. The JV will deliver content from DPG Media’s assets (which include VTM) and Telenet’s local and international content. The platform is looking to other Flemish partners, such as VRT, to join the service.
The 50-50 JV is pending approval from the local competition authorities. Once it received the green light, the new company is expected to be operational by the fall. The name of the platform, pricing and launch date have not been confirmed.
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