Friends reunited as WarnerMedia names HBO Max as DTC brand

Friends reunited as WarnerMedia names HBO Max as DTC brand

This is another huge blow for both Netflix and people who love to kill productivity, but don't want to pay for multiple services as The Office is also set to leave Netflix for NBC Universal's own forthcoming VOD platform. Neither of the companies other streaming services are available in the United Kingdom, and instead it has lucrative deals with Sky to make HBO content available on Sky Atlantic and Now TV - those deals mean that it's very unlikely we'll see HBO Max here.

WarnerMedia TV studio owns the rights to Friends and has been licensing the show to Netflix for a number of years. As the company believes bringing back the show will definitely increase viewer on a new streaming platform. According to WB there are no plans to discontinue those services (so no worries, DC Universe fans), but with HBO Max you would get all their content under one roof.

Variety confirms that WarnerMedia will be launching HBO Max in the spring of 2020. It will also cover most of the HBO's current running programs on the platforms. However, "Friends" being the original owner of HBO will be available as an exclusive sitcom. Showmax and M-Net didn't respond to a media enquiry made two weeks ago seeking comment about this and other strategic content placing decisions between the two.

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