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HBO Max Could Be Streaming Home For ‘The Big Bang Theory’ & ‘Two And A Half Men’

Jason Gurwin

Last month, after months of speculation, WarnerMedia confirmed that the beloved Friends, will be moving to its streaming service HBO Max.

Now, according to a report in Deadline — HBO is nearing a deal to bring The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men to the streaming service. The deal is rumored to be as high as $1.5 billion for five years for the two series — which dwarfs the $425 million WarnerMedia paid for the streaming rights to Friends. Part of the reason for the high price is that neither show has had it’s library available for streaming — except for a few episodes on CBS All Access.

Along with Friends, HBO Max will also be the new streaming home for all fare from The CW (which was previously housed at Netflix) as well as original feature films from prolific producer Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon.

HBO Max will also be the exclusive streaming home for all episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as well as Pretty Little Liars. Those will join The CW originals starting with Batwoman and Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene. The CW’s streaming deal with Netflix expired in May. Current CW series already streaming on Netflix (like Riverdale and The Flash) will continue to do so until they wrap their runs.

A price is yet to be announced for HBO Max, but is rumored to be $16-17. The service, which is set to launch in spring 2020, will compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, among others.

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