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Here’s Why HBO Max is Fastest Growing Streaming Service, WarnerMedia CEO Kilar Says

Aubrey Meister

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar talked about the success of HBO Max and the streaming service’s performance in the second quarter.

In the second quarter, HBO Max added 2.8 million subscribers and now has 47 million subscribers in the U.S. and 67.5 million international subscribers. The subscriber base is only predicted to increase with AT&T predicting 70 million subscribers by the end of 2021.

HBO Max is now the fastest-growing streaming service and the company has found many ways to stand out from competitors like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.

“There’s a number of things that go into it, but from a titles perspective … On the series side, there’s Mare of Eastown, Hacks, the Friends reunion. On the motion picture side, I’d highlight Godzilla v. Kong. Mortal Kombat as well,” Kilar said in relation to growth in the second quarter. “To your larger question, I’d say it’s really now the third quarter in a row of I think us doing the job we’re capable of. To make sure we’re presenting an incredible slate of new productions.”

In 2022, WarnerMedia will be using a new movie strategy with some movies heading to theaters and others going straight to HBO Max on their release date.

HBO Max

HBO Max es un servicio de transmisión de video por suscripción que brinda acceso a la biblioteca completa de HBO, junto con Max Originals exclusivos, y acceso a todas las películas de Warner Bros. en HBO Max poco después de que estén en los cines.

HBO Max HBO Max tiene dos planes: un plan móvil “Mobile” ($ 199 / mes), que está diseñado para un solo usuario en su dispositivo móvil, así como un plan familiar “Multitelas” ($ 299 / mes) ofrece a las familias acceso a 3 usuarios simultáneos.

Los suscriptores tendrán acceso a series exitosas de HBO como Succession, Sex and The City, Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, y mas.

Todos los suscriptores de HBO Max obtendrán las bibliotecas completas de programas como “Friends”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “South Park”, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, “The West Wing”, y mas.

Los suscriptores de HBO Max obtendrán Max Originals adicionales que incluyen Love Life, Raised By Wolves, Dune: The Sisterhood , Tokyo Vice , The Flight Attendant , Gremlins , Legendary, Craftopia, los nuevos dibujos animados de Looney Tunes, y The Not Too Late Show with Elmo de Sesame Workshop.

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Kilar was asked how the company decides which movies to send to theaters and which to add to the HBO Max library.

“There is a certain kind of movie or story or character that is very well set up with a shortened exclusive theatrical run,” he said. “That’s the 45-day run. In the case of Batman, which we’ll release in March, that’s the kind of story where we’re introducing a new actor in the role and we think having a global exclusive theatrical run will do a good job setting it up in the mind of the consumer. It will go to HBO Max immediately after.”

Kilar doesn’t know whether HBO Max’s growth has a direct impact on Netflix and other competitors, but he knows that his company’s strategy is working.

“What I can tell you is that what we’re doing is clearly resonating with a lot of consumers in the US market. Not just in absolute subscribers but revenue,” Kilar said. “A year ago the HBO and HBO Max business was a $6 billion business that was declining 5% year over year. 12 months later, it’s an $8 billion business growing remarkably fast – 39%.”

Though Kilar was previously criticized for choosing to add films to HBO Max the same day they were released in theaters, it looks like his decision has paid off. The company has made several big moves propelling its success, including launching an ad-supported tier in June.

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