Doctor Who to Stream Exclusively on HBO Max
Move over, Netflix; make way, Amazon! HBO Max is coming for you with a vengeance.
Set to launch in the Spring of 2020, the soon-to-be stream giant already boasts an impressive resume of confirmed shows. Most notably—Doctor Who. Not only will the WarnerMedia stream service house all eleven BBC series of the cult-favorite show, but HBO Max will also serve as the future home for all forthcoming seasons after they air on BBC America. Take THAT, Time Lords!
As quoted by Variety, Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max and President of TNT, TBS, and truTV, said:
“‘Doctor Who’ is one of television’s all-time, most beloved series, on both sides of the pond, and we are happy to be the exclusive streaming stewards for this BBC gem. Another series to further define the high-quality content experience consumers can expect from HBO Max.”
This is welcome news for fans of the Good Doctor. If your name is Jeff Bezos or, more specifically, Reed Hastings, then not so much. Not only are they acquiring one of the most lauded science-fiction television shows of all time, but according to Variety, they’re also taking food right off the Netflix table.
“Under the deal, HBO Max has also licensed several hundred episodes of multiple other hit BBC shows, namely The Office, Top Gear, Luther, and The Honorable Woman. The BBC properties join the ever-growing content library at the streamer which also includes Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Pretty Little Liars, and a host of HBO properties like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Veep, and Game of Thrones.”
These are some of the greatest television shows that have ever been made. It’s difficult for anyone to look at this lineup and not contemplate switching their service. Ultimately, the question boils down to one thing and one thing alone: price. Can HBO Max be more cost-effective than Netflix or Amazon Prime? Only time (and the TARDIS) will tell.