We just learned that we’re finally getting a better version of HBO’s streaming service that will have a chance to compete with Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Of course, HBO can’t be faulted much in terms of HBO Go content, i.e. the content available there, but in terms of quality, it’s unfortunately in a completely different league from the competition. Suffice it to mention here that Wonder Woman 1984 will be the first movie broadcast by this streaming service in 4K quality, even though it’s been a standard for Netflix or Amazon Prime for quite some time now (not to mention the numerous problems of the app, which can be highly annoying). Admittedly, we’ll have to wait a bit longer for that, as HBO’s European services won’t be replaced by the Max version until the second half of next year, but it’s undoubtedly great news anyway.
Especially in the face of recent announcements from HBO Max and, more specifically, a great deal from the viewers’ point of view with one of the biggest American film studios, namely Warner Bros. It turns out that the publisher has decided on a simultaneous premiere of all its next year’s hits both in theaters and in the HBO Max streaming service, which means that subscribers will be able to watch them in the comfort of their own homes, sitting on the couch and, most importantly, without paying extra – an active subscription will suffice. Admittedly, there will be some limitations, namely the movies will be available in this way only for a month, but it is still plenty of time to watch them.
It should be emphasized here that Warner Bros. is responsible for the hits themselves, so the plans for next year include such productions as The Little Things, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Dune or Matrix 4. However, everything will start this year, or more precisely on December 25, when American viewers will be able to watch the second part of Wonder Woman on HBO Max, namely Wonder Woman 1984. After this announcement we could expect that something is going on, but I don’t think anyone expected such revelations – it is worth noting here that we are talking only about the United States, but at the moment the service is not available anywhere else, so there is still time for possible announcements in Europe.
Especially since this decision is largely dictated by the coronavirus pandemic, which closes cinemas around the world – we, for example, will not see the mentioned Wonder Woman, because although the Polish premiere was to take place on December 16, the decision to close the cinemas did its job. – We live in unprecedented times that demand creative solutions from everyone, including a new initiative from Warner Bros. Pictures Group. No one wants the return of movies to the big screens more than we do. We know that new content is at the heart of theatrical screenings, but we have to balance that with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will be operating under severe restrictions in 2021,” said WarnerMedia CEO Ann Sarnoff when announcing the label’s decision. So there’s nothing left to do but rejoice and hope that next year we too will enjoy the cinematic repertoire at home.