Here’s your daily tech digest, by way of the DGiT Daily newsletter, for Wednesday, July 10, 2019!
1. HBO Max: And you thought streaming services had hit the max?
It’s Wednesday, and so it’s the launch of yet another streaming service: HBO Max. But wait, you cry, aren’t there already HBO-based streaming services? Yes, HBO Go, HBO Now.
So what is HBO Max? Glad you asked.
- HBO Max is a new subscription streaming service from WarnerMedia.
- This empire includes HBO, Warner Bros, CNN, TNT, DC Entertainment, and more.
- The new service will take on the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and all the other paid streaming services announced or coming soon, as a true deep-library offering.
- HBO Max will be the home of “Friends,” which like “The Office,” will be removed from Netflix by the end of 2019.
- That gives Max a fan-favorite/comfort binge-watching offering, and just as NBC hopes “The Office” will support its own service, the 236-episodes of “Friends” will be a key reason people subscribe to HBO Max, in theory.
- The new service will launch “spring 2020” and “is anticipated to premiere with 10,000 hours of premium content.”
Is it more than HBO+Friends:
- WarnerMedia has a truly immense library of content, even if “Friends” (now 15-years after its final episode) grabs the headlines.
- “Anchored with and inspired by the legacy of HBO’s excellence and award-winning storytelling, the new service will be “Maximized” with an extensive collection of exclusive original programming (Max Originals) and the best-of-the-best from WarnerMedia’s enormous portfolio of beloved brands and libraries,” it said in the press release.
- The service will feature content “from Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and more.”
- That includes “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Pretty Little Liars,” new DC Entertainment series “Batwoman,” and “Katy Keene” along with other already announced Max Originals, which include “Dune: The Sisterhood,” “Tokyo Vice,” animated-series ‘Gremlins,” and plenty more.
- Variety has more on all the details and people involved, from Reese Witherspoon to J.J. Abrams
Costs to consumers, costs to the streaming industry:
- The HBO Max price wasn’t announced. What could it be?
- The standalone HBO Now service costs $15 per month right now, so with a name like Max, and more content, it is likely to cost more. There isn’t a lot of room to move though.
- No one has broken above the $20 threshold for streaming video.
- The other cost might be to streaming video itself.
- Another chunk of content in another fragmented service, more expense.
- The streaming marketplace won’t collapse from the weight of different services, but there will be winners and losers, and piracy is likely to continue to get more wind in its sails.
- I’m excited to see how it shakes out.
- Oh, and I feel Adam always has good takes on streaming services in the podcast, so I’ll be listening as soon as it drops later today.
2. Revealed: The annoying things we do with our phones while flying (Android Authority).
3. How to block websites on Android (AA).
4. Dr. Mario World: Everything you need to know about Nintendo’s new game on iOS/Android (AA).
5. Zoom rushed out a patch to fix the flaw that let hackers hijack Mac webcams (Wired).
6. Apple has updated and rejigged its Mac lineup: RIP the 12-inch MacBook, while all MacBook Pros now have a Touch Bar, TrueTone now added to Retina displays (apple.com). The new Apple laptop lineup is simpler, yet choosing which one to buy still isn’t any easier (The Verge).
8. “Close to 10%” of Tesla’s Autopilot software team reportedly departs after shakeup (Ars Technica).
9. France to slap new ‘ecotax’ on plane tickets from 2020, funds will be “invested in eco-friendly transport infrastructure, including rail” (AP).
10. NASA satellites find biggest seaweed bloom in the world (nasa.gov).
11. What’s a good example of “Don’t knock it till you try it”? (r/askreddit).
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