Thankfully, the streaming service wasn’t named HBO+, but it would have fit: In addition to offline downloads (a major HBO upgrade), HBO Max gives you all the HBO content of NOW and GO, plus several new exclusive shows and a staggering load of legacy titles from HBO cousin company WarnerMedia.
Remember the hype around Disney+ in 2019? HBO Max is riding a similar wave that’s based more on a treasure trove of classic content than new productions.
Disney+ has originals, but Star Wars, Marvel, and The Simpsons get the clicks. Likewise, HBO Max’s new original shows don’t have the sizzle to match entire catalogues of The Big Bang Theory, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and (clap-clap-clap-clap) Friends.
Just some of HBO Max’s TV catalogue exclusives:
- The Big Bang Theory
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- The West Wing
- South Park
- The O.C.
- Gossip Girl
- Doctor Who
- Steven Universe
- Adventure Time
- Impractical Jokers
- The Bachelor/Bachelorette
HBO Max will also feature a plethora of WarnerMedia-produced blockbuster movies, including DC’s The Dark Knight and Wonder Woman, the Lord of the Rings and Matrix collections, and the greatest sports documentary of all time, Space Jam.
HBO Max carries around 10,000 hours of programming, which includes HBO series past and present, as well as current titles from WarnerMedia networks such as TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, and CNN. Cult hit Doom Patrol was even relocated from DC Universe to HBO Max.
As for in-house series—or as HBO Max calls them, “Max Originals”—there’s not much that looks to be an instant breakout hit like The Mandalorian was for Disney+. But The Flight Attendant, based on the thriller novel and starring The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, has some early buzz, as do Ridley Scott’s sci-fi series Raised by Wolves and musical revival Grease: Rydell High.
There’s also some new original content for the kiddies on HBO Max, including Adventure Time: Distant Lands, Jellystone, and The Fungies. Also, a whole lotta classic and new Looney Tunes.
The most anticipated event attached to HBO Max is a nostalgic one: a Friends reunion special that gathers all six stars together on-camera for the first time since the series wrapped in 2004. Could this be more of a Mandalorian moment for Max?
HBO Max supported devices:
- Amazon Fire TV (unavailable at launch)
- Android phones and tablet
- Android TV
- Apple iPhone and iPad
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- Mac and Windows computers and laptops
- PlayStation 4
- Roku (unavailable at launch)
- Samsung smart TV
- Xbox One