New streaming services still often have to remove popular titles for licensing reasons.
HBO Max gives, HBO Max takes away: The streaming service surprised early users when it announced that all eight “Harry Potter” films would be available for launch, but the films will leave the platform as soon as possible.
WarnerMedia announced a series of HBO Max additions and departures on Monday, including the removal of the "Harry Potter" films on August 25. A handful of other popular films, including "Full Metal Jacket", "Magic Mike" and both volumes of "Kill Bill" will also leave the platform in late August.
IndieWire has confirmed with sources that the upcoming Harry Potter moves are due to licensed windows. It is unclear if or when the films will return to the platform.
Although it has nothing to do with HBO Max removing the titles, the creator of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling has come under fire in recent weeks for commenting on transgender people who have been pushed back by several actors, including Harry Potter actors Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.
HBO Max's outgoing films were announced a few days after news that NBCUniversals Peacock, launched on July 15, will also lose some popular titles. Peacock will lose the trilogy “The Matrix”, “Shrek” and the first three films “Jurassic Park” at the end of the month for licensing reasons. The multitude of impending moves suggests that there is no reason to believe that popular titles will be permanently available on a particular platform just because the streaming services are new. Older streamers like Netflix and Hulu regularly remove titles for licensing reasons.
While HBO Max’s farewell to “Harry Potter” may disappoint subscribers, the streaming service will add a number of titles in August, including “All the President’s Men”, several “Batman” films, "Elf", both seasons of DC Universe "Harley Quinn", "Jojo Rabbit", "Kung Fu Panda", several "Leprechaun" films and "Wedding Crashers" among others.
HBO Max is also starting to publish original content at a higher rate. The animated adult comedy series "Close Enough" and "Expecting Amy" premiered recently, while Seth Rogen and Sarah Snook directed "An American Pickle", HBO Max & # 39; first original feature film, on August 6th Should have its premiere.