For its part, HBO Max played it straight, saying they were "thrilled" that their service was "widely available" but adding that it wants a deal with Amazon that is "on par" with how the retail giant provides customers access to Netflix and Disney+ content. Not having Roku or Amazon Fire TV deals in place represents a huge gap in HBO Max's reach.
The programming slate has been specially curated to suit the taste of Asian audiences, covering drama series, documentaries, movies and kids' shows.
The launch slate includes an array of originals such as Anna Kendrick-starring scripted comedy Love Life, feature documentary On The Record and thousands of library series ranging from Friends to The Big Bang Theory. Alongside The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, kids and family programming includes Looney Tunes Cartoons, The Fungies! The entire Studio Ghibli library can also be found on HBO Max, except for one - Grave of the Fireflies. That streaming service, HBO Max, launched Wednesday.
Through a regular cable or satellite provider, then you probably already have HBO Max. The easiest way to think of it is like Netflix or Disney+. Below, we'll let you in on whether there is 4K UHD or HDR content on the new streaming service or not. And at $15, it entered a crowded market as the most expensive service - just as a recession is causing many people to curtail their spending.
Russian adds 8371 COVID-19 cases, total reaches 379051
Even with the revision, Moscow's death rate from the coronavirus is well below other major cities including NY and London. More than 10 million lab exams for COVID-19 have been carried out throughout the nation thus far, it added.
HBO Max: What is it good for?
"Despite growing competition in the SVoD market, the surge in streaming uptake during the Covid-19 pandemic ensures there will still be plenty of room for HBO Max to grow".
It's also worth noting that as I write this on Thursday afternoon, HBO Max is now number two among "free" apps the App Store, behind Zoom but ahead of YouTube, Netflix, TikTok and Disney+.
The strategy is an attempt to maximise HBO Max's chances of fast success in the domestic U.S. market, at a time where Netflix is making record gains and Disney is going from strength to strength with Disney+.