Apple TV+ is just $4.99 per month. Disney+ is just $6.99 per month. Netflix can be as little as $8.99 per month. HBO Max? That service will cost you $14.99 per month. So the question is this: Is it worth it?
In the age of streaming wars, HBO Max launched in May. HBO Max’s cost is much greater than established, proven streaming services like Netflix or those run by well-known companies with, as most would agree, better productions in Disney+. Further, the AT&T-owned streaming service seems to feature either a bunch of old productions or not enough currently running productions about which many care. It will, however, feature Zack Snyder’s Justice League in a year.
So congratulations, AT&T: you will have one title that is new (kind of — Justice League already ran three years ago) that people care about. In a year.
If you thought, “well, at least it has the DC Extended Universe,” HBO Max will be pulling DC Extended Universe films in December.
As CNBC said, “Unless you’re a huge fan of Friends, it may be worth waiting to see what additional exclusives and older content HBO adds.” (And even Friends ended more than 16 years ago.)
Netflix has been around for 13 years and revolutionized entertainment. I don’t recall “binge watching” and “Netflix and chill” even being things before Netflix (obviously, with the latter).
Yet, AT&T expects folks to pay 67 percent more than Netflix for AT&T’s enterprise?
And while it started its streaming service seven months ago, Disney has a global reputation and over nearly a century, has given audiences stories that are cherished and rest deep in folks’ hearts. (Do I even need to say this?)
I would say that AT&T has lost any sense of well, sense except that it was announced in the past few days that it was putting off pulling DCEU films for five months. Though it’s difficult to understand why AT&T is pulling them at all. (If I were to subscribe to HBO Max, I would do it for Justice League.)
Oh, and I would subscribe for the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition, but that’s reportedly not on HBO Max, either.
What do you think? Is HBO Max overpriced? Comment below!