HBO Max To Undergo Name Change in May, Upcoming Releases Announced


Soon, HBO Max will simply be known as Max.

Warner Bros. Discovery has announced that their flagship streaming service will undergo a name change May 23, dropping the HBO to become Max. The rebuilt streaming service hopes to widen the amount of content available to customers, and promises to introduce an average of 40 new titles and series every month.

According to the website, Max will be available at three different service levels, similar to Hulu and Disney+. The first two plans mirror the existing HBO Max pricing, and WBD said current HBO Max customers will not see their pricing change (for now) when the new service debuts. The third tier, “Max Ultimate,” expands to up to four streams and includes 4K content. The options include:

  • Max Ad-Lite: Two concurrent streams, 1080p HD resolution, no offline downloads, 5.1 surround sound quality ($9.99/month or $99.99/year)
  • Max Ad Free: Two concurrent streams, 1080p HD, up to 30 offline downloads, 5.1 surround sound quality ($15.99/month or $149.99/year)
  • Max Ultimate Ad Free: Four concurrent streams, up to 4K Ultra HD resolution, 100 offline downloads, Dolby Atmos sound quality ($19.99/month or $199.99/year)

This news came with the announcement of upcoming releases for Max, including the following:

  • The Penguin – a spin-off series for Matt Reeves’ The Batman universe focusing on Colin Farrell’s Oswald Cobblepot revealed an in-production teaser trailer. The series will release in 2024.
  • Welcome to Derry – the prequel series to the IT films based on Stephen King’s infamous novel will release in 2024. The principal cast was announced with Taylour Paige, Jovan Adepo, James Remar, and Chris Chalk stepping into the starring roles.
  • SmartLess on the Road – Coming to Max on May 23, this unscripted series follows the SmartLess podcast hosts, Sean Hayes, Jason Bateman, and Will Arnett while they’re … well, on the road.
  • Shaun White the Last Run
  • Downey’s Dream Cars – a series where audiences can join Robert Downey Jr. as he helps save the environment, one classic car at a time.
  • Fixer Upper: The Hotel is coming this Fall.
  • Shazam! Fury of the Gods coming to Max May 23.
  • Love and Translation is coming this Winter to Max and TLC.
  • Survive the Raft, the ultimate social experiment at sea, is coming in July to Max and Discovery.
  • Lost Women of Highway 20 – coming from executive producer Octavia Spencer this year, this series discovers the killer that preyed on women for two decades in Oregon.
  • Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge – coming soon to Max and HGTV.
  • Rick and Morty: The Anime – coming this year to Max and Adult Swim.
  • Tiny Toons Looniversity – coming soon to Max.
  • Peter and the Wolf – the classic tale reimagined by Bono, coming soon to Max and Cartoon Network.
  • Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai – coming May 23 to Max.
  • A new chapter to the acclaimed HBO original series True Detective, starring Jodie Foster and Kali Reis.
  • The Regime – an HBO original series starring Kate Winslet is coming in 2024.
  • The Sympathizer – an HBO original series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name is coming to Max in 2024.
  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight – set a century before Game of Thrones, this series received a straight to series order and is executive produced by George R. R. Martin, Ira Parker, Ryan Condal, and Vince Gerardis.
  • The first-ever scripted Harry Potter series was ordered for Max, which will be a faithful adaptation of the iconic seven book series.
  • The Conjuring series – based on New Line Cinema’s The Conjuring cinematic universe, the series will continue to tell the story established in the feature films.

Stay tuned with Nerds & Beyond for updates on what’s coming to Max.

Hannah’s a lifelong nerd, but has been with the team since May 2021. Her life is easily classified by two abbreviations - BBG3 and ABG3 (before Baldur’s Gate 3 and after Baldur’s Gate 3). Especially nerdy about: video games, folklore, Star Wars, D&D, Spider-Man, and horror (all of it). Based in Denver, CO.

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