the knick streaming

The Knick, Steven Soderbergh‘s amazing series about the life and times of people working in and around a fictional 1900s New York hospital, is finally headed to HBO Max. The series ran for two seasons on Cinemax, but even though Cinemax and HBO Max are owned by the same company, The Knick hasn’t been available to stream on the new-ish streaming service. That’s going to change this weekend, with The Knick streaming on HBO Max starting February 20. In addition to that, another Cinemax show, Banshee, is also headed to HBO Max next week.

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HBO Max On Xfinity X1

UPDATE: At the time this story ran, HBO Max was not available on the PlayStation 5. That’s changed – it’s now available on PS5. Still no Roku, though. The original story continues below.

Ever since the launch of HBO Max, one question has come up again and again: when will the app be available on Roku? Well, folks, HBO Max has heard your question, and they’ve decided to, uh…ignore it. Instead, WernerMedia and Comcast have announced today that the HBO Max app is launching on Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex.

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WarnerMedia has angered nearly everyone in Hollywood. But at least it’s got a few million more subscribers, according to AT&T CEO John Stankey, who came to the defense of the divisive Warner Bros. HBO Max release plan, which will debut all of Warner Bros.’ 2021 theatrical slate to the WarnerMedia streaming platform on the same day-and-date as theatrical release. Stankey, during his appearance at the UBS Global TMT Virtual Conference, called the decision a “win-win-win” for the company, its partners, and consumers.

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Everyone and their agent is mad at WarnerMedia. Following the company’s game-changing announcement that it would be releasing the entire Warner Bros. 2021 slate to HBO Max day-and-date, producing partners, talent, and agents were left reeling — most of them having been informed of the move just two hours before it was announced to the public. And while much has been said about how this decision could impact theaters, things are even messier behind the scenes, where agents are scrambling to get their talent the proper pay, and production companies are wondering if they’ll get the money they’re owed.

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HBO Max is Somehow Still in a Stalemate With Roku

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Is HBO Max on Roku yet? It’s the resounding question that has followed the WarnerMedia streaming service since it launched in May, and the answer will be “no” for quite a bit longer. Despite the looming debut of Warner Bros.’ biggest theatrical movies on HBO Max, WarnerMedia and Roku are still at a standstill regarding HBO Max’s launch on the streaming device. And neither are showing any signs of budging.

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Warner Bros 2021

Whoa. In what has to be the biggest movie news story of the year, Warner Bros. has just announced that it will premiere its entire 2021 slate of films theatrically and simultaneously on HBO Max.

This game-changing decision means HBO Max subscribers will be able to see every film from the studio without paying an extra dime, and more importantly, without leaving the safety of their homes during an ongoing public health crisis. (At least for the first month of these releases). Read on for a full list of titles that will be included in this new deal, including The Suicide Squad, Dune, The Matrix 4, and tons more. Read More »

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Warner Max, we hardly knew ye. The film label was launched in February of this year, with the plan being that Warner Max would produce eight to ten mid-budget movies per year for HBO Max. However, Warner Max is now being phased out, with Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich now overseeing all feature output, streaming and theatrical.

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HBO Max has passed a milestone for AT&T’s WarnerMedia, which revealed that it has hit 38 million combined HBO and HBO Max customers — ahead of the company’s target of 37 million by the end of 2020. The WarnerMedia streaming platform added 8.6 million customers in the third quarter, bringing its total number of new “subscribers” to 28.7 million. But not all of those subscribers are watching HBO Max just yet.
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All signs point to HBO Max having some…issues. The streaming service from WarnerMedia had a lot of hype built into it, especially when it was revealed the fabled “Snyder Cut” of Justice League would be premiering there next year. But it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. HBO Max has yet to work out a deal with Roku or Amazon Fire, which is likely cutting into subscribers.

Then there’s the price: $14.99 which is pretty steep for a streaming service. It’s clear that the folks running the show are aware of this, and have just implemented a discount plan called “Save for 12,” in which new subscribers can sign up for $11.99 a month. And now we’ve learned that WarnerMedia is also considering an ad-based version of HBO Max, which will likely be cheaper – and therefore could inspire potential users to finally sign up.

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/Filmcast Ep. 569 – Tampopo

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the launch of HBO Max, including their announcement of an in-development “Snyder Cut” of Justice League. This week’s feature review is a Devindra choice: the 1985 Japanese comedy Tampopo, the first self-proclaimed “ramen western.” Listen in as the cast discuss the joy of food

Watch David’s review of The Last Dance here.

Read Shane Carrruth’s interview with Indiewire here.

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