HBO Max brings GoT-prequel House of the Dragon and Green Lantern show (The Daily Charge, 10/30/2019)
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HBO Max brings GoT-prequel House of the Dragon and Green Lantern show (The Daily Charge, 10/30/2019)

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The streaming wars are kicking into high gear with HBO Max making a big splash with projects like House of the Dragon and a Green Lantern show. We'll break down all the newly unveiled details of HBO Max, and whether it's worth your time and money. Stick around for your Daily Charge. [MUSIC] Welcome to the Daily Charge, today's Wednesday, October 30th, I'm [UNKNOWN]. I'm Johnny [UNKNOWN]. And here today's top stories. 18 Tis, one media unit need to make a strong first impression with this HBO max service, which of teases for upcoming projects like the Game of Thrones spin off, project by Ridley Scott, and that Green Lantern TV show Which could be amazing or Ryan Reynolds level horrible. In total it will offer 10,000 hours of programming with the Streamy Awards underway and Apple TV+ and Disney Plus right around the corner. Did HBO max exceed and pick your interest, Joe? Well, the thing that's going to be interesting for me is my personal scenario, which I think is going to be the same situation for a lot of people. I get HBO Go currently because through a regular pay TV subscription. So, we have HBO, the regular traditional linear channel through a paid TV provider. But that paid TV provider isn't Direct TV or AT&T. So basically anybody that is a subscriber to regular HBO, anybody that uses HBO Go, unless AT&T or Direct TV Is your provider for that? You don't get HBO max unless you also pay another $15. Intersting. Yeah, so it piqued my interest but immediately thereafter you're like, do I have to like start double paying now or do you then you get into a headspace I will do a cancel the pay TV subscription and get rid of everything and so it makes the calculus very complicated for anybody that isn't at AT&T inside that bubble already. Insteresting so that said like would Disney plus coming out and with what we've got Peacock next year and Apple TV plus of course on Friday On Friday It's different but They want your money too That is like, do you think there is space for all these players to, to thrive or to exist at this point. I think they can all exist, whether they'll all thrive is the question, and the big thing to talk about here is that $15 price. Yeah. that's more that is like triple a Apple TV+, it is double Disney+, it is even more than the Netflix's most popular planets basically on par with Netflix's highest premium level subscription tier, so it is basically the priciest service out there, now AT&T and Warner Media have said that they are gonna lower the price An ad supported tier within the first year so there will be an option. I presume it's not going to be free with ads because there's no way they could have enough ads to make that worth it to be free. But they will have a discounted price depending on what they decide. They didn't say what it would be A discounted price somewhere below that $15 level if you're willing to sit through ads while you watch all this stuff. It's very interesting the notion of watching traditional HBO shows like Game of Thrones. With advertising. And then seeing commercials pop up in the middle. Cuz that's so not. Yeah. I mean that's not TV. That's a whole Prem of HBO, right? Not part of the problem too is that, shows like they've licenced Friends, and Big Bang Theory. Those are written and scripted for commercial breaks. Yeah. One of the reasons that a tour TV makers, have liked HBO You is the creative freedom, creative freedom, including not having to structure your acts of your storytelling to like, you gotta have the 30 you gotta have a break right after three minutes. You gotta have a break after seven minutes Right? You don't have to work within those ad structure. There's actual tangible changes. You have to build a little cliffhangers before a commercial break. Yeah. Exactly. And so that means that it's gonna be even more unnatural to be sticking ads in the best context. Content that they're making. Now, I know you watched this via livestream, as did I. And it was a little disappointing that they kinda blacked out a bunch of the content but in terms of the teases on the content they had. Like, obviously, House of the Dragon. I keep getting that wrong. Not House of Cards! Don't get it twisted. [LAUGH] House of The Dragon. Was a headliner in terms of content we're gonna see. But was there anything else that kinda stuck out that would actually motivate someone to actually sign up for the service? Well, the issue that we have with HBO Max is that it's kinds in between Apple TV and Disney Plus. They have these franchises like Game of Thrones to build off of like Disney Plus has Marvel HBO max also has DC and they're building a lot of shows like Green Lantern and some other DC related shows for the service. So you've got people that like already know those franchises that would be interested but They also have are struggling against this concept of they have a lot of stuff that's going to be just kind of like original IP that aren't necessarily like maybe they'll be interested in Gina Rodriguez, from Jane The Virgin she's going to be in a movie. Maybe they're really big fans of that actress but it's just a lower level. Of mass interest when it's individual creator just because not many individual creators have the gigantic kinda following that Game of Thrones or Marvel, or DC has. One creator at least got. It was a fairly high profile project. Is that what you think gets lost in the noise of all these streaming services? Is there hope for some of these high profile directors. I mean these high profile direcots are going to. It's not even just teh noise of all these different service. There's also alot of noise on the service itself. At least with Apple it's like we've only got nine shows so it's hard to get them confused Right [LAUGH] With Disney, they have this sort of built in clustering structure where there's going to be stuff that's Disney proper, stuff that's Pixar, stuff that's Marvel, stuff that's Star Wars, stuff that's Nat Geo. At least you can. Grasp onto what they have generally by those sort of verticals. With each year Matt is like, we've got [UNKNOWN], we've got Warner Brothers stuff, we've got DC, we've got [UNKNOWN], we've got Rick and Morty, we've got South Park. South Park is Comedy Central. Right, it's all good place. It's all the mismatch and so it's gonna be more difficult to Instantaneously think what I'm going to go to HBO max for that. Yeah that's an issue of dilemma of having to much content and like not particularly organized it just like its everything. Right right now it seems very jumbled and hard to process. I'm Rodger Cheng and im Joanie salsa. [MUSIC] Can't get enough? Check out the daily supercharge, our extended poke show with special features, audience Q and A, and in-depth reviews. Available now wherever you get your podcasts.

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