HBO Max is Taking Over All Streaming Services


Madison Yee, Staff Writer

HBO Max is rapidly making its way to the top as it takes the world by storm. With its extended variety of movies and shows in both adult and kid content, subscribers are head over heels—while other streaming platforms including Netflix and Hulu are beginning to downgrade, due to the lack of choices available. 

Offering the service for $14.99 a month, HBO Max grants access to exclusive series and additional programs to watch, on top of what is already included with HBO. It has hubs including HBO originals, Studio Ghibli, CNN, DC Comic productions, its blockbuster Warner Bros. selection, and many others available at your fingertips. What’s not to love? 

Allowing over 10,000 hours of streaming time, the service has fan-favorite shows like Euphoria, Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Friends, and Gossip Girl—some of which had fans utterly disappointed for their departure from Netflix. To add to the bargain, it also has movies like The Lord of the Rings, 13 Going on 30, Crazy Rich Asians, Wonder Woman 1984, Witches, etc. Not to mention, the service has an organized design and format, to eliminate any hassle when scrolling through the catalog of options. 

Most of the HBO Max audience has been lured to subscribe due to its deal with Warner Bros. Through this, it decided to debut its 2021 lineup of movies on HBO Max at the same time it is released in movie theaters. Since many people don’t have access to these theaters this year to be safe from COVID-19, this has become a huge advantage for subscribers to still watch new premiers at a fair cost. That said, it has certainly helped to boost their viewer rates and numbers, steering more popularity towards the platform. 

“The HBO Max interface is impressively user friendly. It has a solid search function and several ‘hubs’ with more in-depth catalogs, from Turner Classic Movies and DC to Studio Ghibli and Crunchyroll. The curated ‘collections’ of movies and shows range from the basic (Family Movie Night) to the sublimely silly (HBO Max Book Club, featuring on screen adaptations of books like The Wizard of Oz, The CW’s sexy Nancy Drew, and The Art of Racing in the Rain),” said Caroline Framke, Variety‘s Chief TV Critic. 

While this platform is currently getting a lot of good press, many have said that it is not predictable of HBO Max’s success in the future, because the true test will be whether or not it will be able to persuade its subscribers to stay past its deal.