Film studio Warner Bros. sent shockwaves through the film industry this week when it announced that its entire slate of 2021 movies — and its big Christmas film, “Wonder Woman 1984” — will debut on one streaming service the same day they appear in movie theaters, even though exclusive distribution windows for new movies are foundational to theaters’ business models.
But will WarnerMedia avoid the confusion from AT&T's services?. WarnerMedia might not be content to pin most of its streaming hopes on HBO Max. As Gizmodo reports, The Information sources claim WarnerMedia is discussing launches for two more streaming services. One would be a paid CNN service that might ditch the usual 24-hour news in favor of deep-dive originals and international content. The other potential service would be a free, ad-supported offering with entertainment from cable channels like TBS and TNT.
WarnerMedia is done playing around. After unexpectedly announcing that all their upcoming movies will debut on HBO Max at the same time as in theaters, the studio has also quietly discontinued the free trial run period for HBO Max a few weeks before Wonder Woman 1984 debuts on the streaming service. On the other hand, the streaming service is now offering a 20 percent discount if you sign up for six months, according to the fine print.
HBO Max Warner Brothers 2021 Release Schedule: ‘Matrix 4,’ ‘Tom and Jerry,’ ‘Space Jam 2,’ ‘Dune’ Release Dates
The already considerable stakes of the Streaming Wars were heftily raised today with the seismic announcement that Warner Bros. will be premiering their full slate of 2021 films on HBO Max simultaneously with their theatrical releases. Jason Kilar, the gung-ho CEO of WarnerMedia, sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry last month with his decision to debut Wonder Woman 1984, a $200MM movie that likely would have grossed north of $1 billion worldwide theatrically, on HBO Max on Christmas Day, 2020. That risky move, though, looks like a drop in the pond when compared to today’s decision, which will see 17 big budget, high octane films going straight into the living rooms of HBO Max subscribers in the United States throughout the entirety of 2021.
“I guess the movie theaters will just be Halloween stores now.”. That was the glib response from a veteran studio executive on Thursday, joining a chorus of powerbrokers, agents and other Hollywood insiders floored by the news that Warner Bros. Pictures will be releasing 17 movies — its entire 2021 slate — simultaneously in movie theaters and on the streaming service HBO Max.
David Fincher’s new Netflix movie Mank feels like an invitation to a natural double feature. The film follows Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) on the emotional journey involved in writing 1941’s Citizen Kane, particularly his fraught relationships with the people who inspired it. Watching it back-to-back with the actual Citizen Kane makes a lot of things about Mank clearer, from the reasons Mankiewicz’s finished draft horrifies so many people to why Fincher structures the film the way he does, chopping up key scenes into flashbacks and flash-forwards. But the window for people to find Citizen Kane on the services they’re already paying for is closing: it’s leaving TCM’s streaming service on Dec. 10, and leaving HBO Max on Dec. 31.
Wonder Woman 1984 will be the first film to stream in 4K HDR (UltraHD) on HBO Max when it premieres on the service in the US alongside a theatrical release on December 25. It will also stream with Dolby Atmos audio. The news was announced in a tweet by Director...
Alyssa Rosenberg is a columnist at The Post , where Sonny Bunch is a contributing columnist. Peter Suderman is the features editor at Reason Magazine. The three co-host the podcast Across the Movie Aisle. After Warner Bros. shook up the movie-going world on Thursday with the announcement that it would send all of its 2021 movies to the streaming service HBO Max the same day they were due to arrive in theaters, Alyssa, Sonny and Peter exchanged emails discussing what this seismic shift means for the future of cinema.
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When Warner Bros. announced in mid-November that Wonder Woman 1984 will be available on HBO Max the same day it premieres in select theaters, I groaned. Not because of the decision to bring the movie right to the living room — that’s the right call — but I knew that, at the time, all content on HBO Max still topped out at 1080p. Resolution is one area where the service badly trails its competitors. But it turns out, Wonder Woman 1984 will be the first title that starts to rectify that when it’s released on December 25th.
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Warner Bros. To Release 2021 Films In Theaters And On HBO Max At The Same Time03:32. Warner Bros. on Thursday announced that all its films scheduled to launch in 2021 will be released on HBO Max at the same time they are available in theaters in the U.S. Here &...
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