That’s all well and good, but does HBO Max really have what it takes to cut into Netflix’s reign?
Add in all of the existing Netflix originals and its catalog of third-party films and TV shows, and it’s clear which of the two has more stuff.
Starting in 2020, it will also be the only place where you can find Friends, which Netflix previously paid $100 million to stream for just a year.
Those could include DC Comics properties, the Harry Potter flicks, and The Lord of the Rings, although it’s not clear how many of those will be on HBO Max at launch, or whether they’ll be exclusive to the service.
HBO Max will also include content from cable channels like TNT, TBS, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, and more.
The company recently signed J.J. Abrams to a $500 million, streaming-focused deal, and has enlisted names like Reese Witherspoon, Paul Feig, Anna Kendrick, and Greg Berlanti (the man behind the CW’s superhero series) to develop original content.