Sure, having Friends as a tentpole for a new service is smart, but it's a series that millions already have seen on Netflix over the years. That includes upcoming series like Batwoman and Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene.
WarnerMedia also announced it has entered an exclusive movie production deal with super-producer Berlanti to create four young-adult films for the service. It will include programming from HBO and other WarnerMedia brands like Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, the CW, as well as Otter Media's Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth. By bringing it in-house, WarnerMedia is banking that "Friends" fans will migrate for a new streaming service.
Say goodbye to watching reruns of "Friends" on Netflix - this time for good. It also said the sitcom "Friends" - now a popular show on Netflix - will be going to the new service, which is slated to debut next spring. "The Flight Attendant" is a one-hour thriller series based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, which will star Kaley Cuoco, who is also executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti. The streaming service was previously outbid for streaming rights over The Office, which was scooped up by NBCUniversal for $100 million a year.
When the new platform launches in spring 2020, it will be the exclusive streaming home to all 236 episodes of "Friends", WarnerMedia announced in a press release Tuesday. Now, the contract is coming up, and Warner Bros. wants its show back.
According to WarnerMedia, a beta version of HBO Max will be available towards the end of 2019, with the complete version available in Spring 2020.
AT&T is making Time Warner shows exclusive to HBO Max even though it told government officials that it would continue to distribute Time Warner content as widely as possible. "I've had a glorious experience doing "Big Little Lies" on HBO and I'm so happy to also be developing a brand-new original drama series for HBO Max".
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.