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HBO Max Is Hedging Its Bets on HBO Originals and a Large Library of Established Content — Analysis

HBO Max Is Hedging Its Bets on HBO Originals and a Large Library of Established Content — Analysis

HBO Max has entered the streaming wars, and WarnerMedia is hedging its bets that the new platform’s massive back catalogue will warrant its premium price tag.

The AT&T-owned company’s new streaming service, which launched earlier today, boasts 10,000 hours of content from AT&T’s numerous brands and franchises, from the DC Extended Universe and CNN to the Turner Classic Movie catalogue and Studio Ghibli films. The platform is also home to the entire HBO catalogue — rejoice, “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld” fans — as well as all eight “Harry Potter” films and every episode of “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory,” which WarnerMedia had previously licensed to competing distributors.

Though HBO Max’s catalogue doesn’t encompass every AT&T-owned release, such as the recent Harley Quinn film “Birds of Prey” or originals from the DC Universe streaming service, its library is nonetheless brimming with beloved releases, and

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