AT&T enters SVOD fray with HBO Max

WarnerMedia’s new SVOD service HBO Max is launching in the US today, entering a crowded marketplace where it will have to compete with established providers such as Netflix and Disney+. The platform offers more than 10,000 hours of content from across Warner’s hefty content library from the likes of Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, […]

Seven new distribution deals for HBO Max

Ahead of the launch of premium SVOD HBO Max next week, AT&T’s WarnerMedia has announced a swathe of additional distribution partners including Sony and Microsoft for availability on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game consoles. The US$14.99 per month streamer, set to launch on May 27 with over 10,000 hours of content, now has distribution […]

WarnerMedia set for HBO Max Lat Am launch after buying out local partners

US media giant WarnerMedia is set to roll out new streamer HBO Max into Latin America after completing a deal to take full control of all HBO-branded services in the region. WarnerMedia has acquired local multimedia company Ole Communications’ minority stakes in HBO Ole Partners and HBO Brasil Partners, handing the US operator 100% ownership […]

John Stankey to replace retiring Randall Stephenson as AT&T chief

Randall Stephenson is to retire as AT&T CEO and will be replaced by president and chief operating officer John Stankey. Stephenson, aged 60, will step down from the role on July 1 but will remain executive chairman until January to ensure a smooth transition, the company said. AT&T is characterising Stankey’s appointment as the final […]

HBO Max to launch May 27

AT&T has announced that its upcoming streaming service HBO Max will launch on May 27. The platform was fully unveiled in October 2019 complete with its top tier pricing, and will launch with over 10,000 hours of content from across Warner’s hefty content library from the likes of Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, […]

WarnerMedia signs HBO Max distribution deal with Charter

The battle lines are continuing to be drawn in the US’s streaming wars, with the latest news being a distribution agreement between AT&T’s WarnerMedia and operator Charter Communications.  The deal will see Charter customers who subscribe to HBO be given complimentary access to Warner’s upcoming HBO Max streamer at no additional charge when it launches […]

Starzplay brings DC series to MENA region with Warner Bros deal

SVOD Starzplay has announced a multi-year agreement with WarnerMedia’s Warner Bros. in a deal which will bring its hit DC series to the MENA region for the first time. For the first time, viewers in the region will have access to series such as Batwoman, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing and the Harley Quinn animated show. […]

Hulu’s Kilar in as CEO at WarnerMedia to head HBO Max launch

WarnerMedia has appointed the former Amazon SVP and Hulu CEO Jason Kilar to head up the AT&T-owned media giant and its hotly anticipated streamer HBO Max. Alongside the SVOD, which is due to launch on 1 May, Kilar will also oversee premium drama cabler HBO, Warner Bros., Otter Media and the Turner cable network, including […]

AT&T’s ad tech business Xandr signs up AMC, Disney and WarnerMedia

AT&T’s Xandr ad-tech business has announced a trio of new partners: AMC Networks, Disney, and WarnerMedia. The trio have joined Xandr Invest, its strategic buying platform that promises to offer new ways to plan and activate audiences. It is part of the ongoing industry trend to develop addressable solutions that allow advertisers to pinpoint their […]

Hotstar gets ‘review bombed’ after pulling Modi episode of Last Week Tonight

Disney-owned streamer Hotstar has landed itself in hot water after deciding not to upload the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.  In an episode focused on India and president Trump’s visit to the country, presenter Oliver was highly critical of prime minister Narendra Modi’s controversial policies and discussed recent protests in […]

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