WarnerMedia Announces New Streaming Service by End of 2019
By Tess Farrand, Staff Writer
We’ve got one word for 2019: streaming.
Announced just yesterday, WarnerMedia is aiming to have their newly announced streaming service available by the end of 2019. Along with the forerunners of streaming like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, Disney is jumping on aboard along with the newest contender, WarnerMedia.
AT&T and Time Warner merged in June of 2018 and it looks like the pair is looking to do big things in the future. CEO John Stankey said in a statement, “This is another benefit of the AT&T/Time Warner merger, and we are committed to launching a compelling and competitive product that will serve as a complement to our existing businesses and help us to expand our reach by offering a new choice for entertainment with the WarnerMedia collection of films, television series, libraries, documentaries, and animation.”
Stankey announced that HBO will front the streaming service along with other Warner associated brands in hopes that it will heavily compete with Netflix. In an internal memo, Stankey said, “Our service will start with HBO and the genre-defining programming that viewers crave. On top of that, we will package content from Turner and Warner Bros. with their deep brand connections that touch both diverse interests and mass audiences.”
This means, potentially, shows featured on Cartoon Network and TCM could go the way of the WarnerMedia streaming service, as they are affiliates of the Turner brand. In addition, Warner Brothers’ classic movies like BEN-HUR with Charlton Heston and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST could also be additions in the movie content section for the site. Of course, none of this is formally confirmed but does probe the site’s available options. Reportedly, Harry Potter will be a main component of the site’s debut, but other TV shows like THE BIG BANG THEORY are still up for debate.
Prices for the service won’t be released until further details are negotiated and discussed, but WarnerMedia promises to ensure programming with an “understood level of quality.” However, since HBO is home to shows like GAME OF THRONES and BIG LITTLE LIES that aren’t family-friendly, the jury is still out on the type of programming this new streaming service will offer. As more details come to light, always check back at Movieguide®.