Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory Streaming Rights

The streaming wars are heating up as a few different media companies prepare to launch their own streaming services over the next year. While Disney+ will be first out of the gate this fall, WarnerMedia’s HBO Max won’t be far behind, and they’re throwing around all sorts of money to ensure they get as many subscriptions as possible.

Right now, negotiations are taking place for HBO Max to pick up the exclusive streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, and they might end up paying as much as $1.5 billion to land all 541 episodes that make up the two shows combined. That’s significantly more than the $425 million that HBO Max already paid for the exclusive streaming rights to Friends, and even more than the $500 million NBC Universal paid for The Office. Why are these two shows so expensive? Read More »