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HBO Max is full of potential, but its biggest hurdle remains AT&T’s messy execution

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At launch, new streaming services prompt the same question: what can I watch? But HBO Max also elicits a different line of questioning: how is this different from HBO Now? From HBO Go? From AT&T TV Now? Do I have to pay extra for this, or is it wrapped into my HBO package?

HBO Max, which is set to launch tomorrow, May 27th, is AT&T and WarnerMedia’s new crown jewel in the streaming space — a general entertainment platform that will compete with big dogs like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu. It’s the streaming service that AT&T is using to make a name for itself in the direct-to-consumer marketplace at a truly competitive level (compared to a more niche product like HBO Now), which will also tie into AT&T’s broadband and mobile businesses.

AT&T is using every distribution platform to make it as simple as possible for people to sign up or transfer over, with the notable exception of Amazon and Roku at the time of this writing. If everything goes according to the telecom company’s plans, people using AT&T’s broadband and mobile services will spend more time watching HBO Max, and, in turn, HBO Max will help boost its other products.

On paper, HBO Max makes a lot of sense. For $15 a month (or $12 a month for the first year if customers signed up via AT&T’s HBO Max website), subscribers get access to an impressive library of classic Warner Bros. titles, Cartoon Network shows, the Studio Ghibli films, DC Universe movies, new originals, and HBO’s entire collection. That’s a lot more than what HBO Now subscribers are getting for $15 a month.

And that’s the point. WarnerMedia’s goal is glaringly obvious: make HBO Now obsolete, and transfer everyone to HBO Max. HBO Now apps will even automatically upgrade to HBO Max apps on supported devices. Incoming AT&T CEO and former WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey referred to people’s decision to upgrade from HBO Now to HBO Max as a simple “IQ test” in 2019. Stankey’s message was clear: HBO Max is our future and yours.

“We’re going to be a company that has a very significant streaming opportunity,” AT&T chief financial officer John Stephens said in 2019, noting that HBO Max is “the key aspect of [AT&T’s] video strategy going forward.”

Even with one of the largest library offerings and HBO in its pocket, HBO Max has its fair share of doubters. At $15 a month, HBO Max is the most expensive streaming option, double the price of newcomers like Disney Plus and triple the cost of Apple TV Plus. The service will also launch with fewer original shows and movies than WarnerMedia hoped for — a facet of launching in the middle of a pandemic that competitors like NBCUniversal’s Peacock and Quibi are also battling. Having customers “sheltering at home and consuming inconceivable amounts of streaming entertainment” is a pro for HBO Max, but it’s not the total answer, analyst Michael Nathanson wrote in an April note.

“Price is absolutely going to be relevant,” Stephen Beck, founder of consultancy firm cg42, echoed in an interview with The Verge. “Depending on what you believe about economic recovery, in the face of the pandemic, price point is going to be radically important.”

(Disclosure: Vox Media is partnered with Quibi on two shows, and Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, is also an investor in Vox Media, The Verge’s parent company.)

In the middle of it all is a confusing, nearly comedic branding struggle that has HBO diehards concerned and WarnerMedia executives on the defense. (I cover this industry daily, and even I scratch my head over the differences between HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO Max.)

That’s the question at the heart of HBO Max’s launch: what is it? Leveraging prestigious programming from HBO, tentpole franchise movies from the DC and Harry Potter universes, kids content in the form of Sesame Street, and new original programming, HBO Max wants to give anyone and everyone something they can watch.

But WarnerMedia is an amalgamation of brands that makes it hard to define a definitive voice. Compare that to Disney, which touts its classic films and five major tentpoles: Disney Animation, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, and Disney live-action films. In contrast, HBO is a premium network known for its mature and award-winning shows targeted at adults. In its Max iteration, it hopes to bring an abundance of originals targeted at teens and children’s shows. It’s a play at a broader audience, but one that erodes anyone’s understanding of what HBO’s identity is and, more importantly, who it’s for.

That might not matter in the grand scheme of things. People want to watch HBO wherever they can; Max is a great addition for HBO diehards, and HBO is a great addition for people who want to watch Adult Swim shows or DC movies.

There’s a core equation to grabbing subscribers and keeping them on any streaming platform: using a tentpole show to get people to sign up for a streaming service and then offering as big and diverse a library offering as possible to retain them. Basically, focus on getting people in the door and making it pleasant enough that they stay. Every year, subscriptions to HBO Now jumped when Game of Thrones was on. But when the final season ended, many people canceled their subscription because, for some, there wasn’t enough to justify the $15 a month.

When HBO Max launches, it will boast more than 10,000 hours of content, including 1,300 movies. What it won’t have is a slew of originals people are beating down the door to watch. Executives know this; WarnerMedia chairman Bob Greenblatt and HBO Max’s chief creative officer Kevin Reilly questioned whether to delay HBO Max’s launch as production on several shows was affected by the pandemic.

That includes the highly anticipated Friends reunion special, which executives saw as the thing people would clamor for upon launch. A couple of titles will be there, including a spoof on late-night TV hosted by Elmo, a comedy starring Anna Kendrick called Love Life, the documentary On the Record, and a handful of reality series. The goal is to release 11 original series between mid-June and August, according to The Wall Street Journal, adding even more library content like all 23 seasons of South Park and new HBO series like Perry Mason.

HBO Max doesn’t have an immediate tentpole like The Mandalorian or Stranger Things, but it does have a seemingly endless and wide array of entertainment to satiate any subscriber’s need.

“We are bullish on Max in the scheme of things,” Beck said. “There’s definitely headwinds, but they also have a very strong content library. I think once you ratchet down your expectation to the climate that they’re launching in, we think that they’re going to do very well in the context of diminished expectations based on the environment that they’re launching.”

Just because HBO Max won’t have a Mandalorian at launch doesn’t mean WarnerMedia isn’t taking a page from Disney’s playbook. Disney enticed subscribers to stay with teases of what’s to come. That includes series from Marvel Studios, including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Disney has also announced a couple more Star Wars shows, series based on popular films like The Mighty Ducks, and more. Even though they’re not here yet, Disney is leaning into its core tentpole franchises to give subscribers more of what they want. It’s working: Disney has more than 55 million subscribers around the world, and it could even hit its 2024 goal by the end of the year.

HBO Max is doing the same. Just this week, WarnerMedia announced that a Snyder Cut of Justice League will hit the platform in 2021. It seems almost inevitable that WarnerMedia will develop at least one Harry Potter series for the streamer. All WarnerMedia needs is for one of those series to bring in swaths of members the way Game of Thrones did.

Until that happens, however, HBO Max’s biggest fight is getting people to download and open the app on their televisions, tablets, and phones. Having a wealth of library offerings is good, but if no one opens the app in the first place, it doesn’t really matter.

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How Entertainment has Changed so Far

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Entertainment is something that has changed so much over the years. People’s tastes have changed and there really are some heavy factors going into what is produced, and what is popular. Another factor is the tech that is available at the time. Music, movies and even TV are all subject to changes as well. They might seem somewhat slight at the time, but when you look at decades ago, it’s not hard to see how much of a change entertainment has made in retrospect.

If you were to go back to the year 1950, you will soon see that there was a huge difference in both layout and content. Jazz and Blues were just starting to really take off in terms of popularity and movies were very popular in the previous years. The films at the time were very tame and they had very little conflict or foul language. The only thing slightly strange would have been the Twilight Zone. Elvis at the time was considered a bit of a rebel and he generated quite a bit of controversy over his dance moves.

60’s

Rock bands like the Beatles and even the Rolling Stones have taken the world by storm. Rock music was considered to be immensely popular but at the same time it was somewhat scandalous at the same time. You had movies such as Psycho and even To Kill a Mockingbird. These two films showed a lot of revolution and they are very important in this day and age. Betting also became more popular at this point. Betting shops were legalised and over the years, with the emergence of the Internet, betting and gaming sites such as eurosbetting.org are now accessible online. This evolution has changed the entertainment landscape even further.

Conflict soon became way more intense and emotional, not to mention that some of the techniques that were used in cinematography are now better developed. Breakthroughs on TV were made and the first presidential debate was televised. This included a debate between Nixon and Kennedy. The Beatles then made their television debut in the US which gave them a much bigger audience when compared to before.

70’s

In the 70’s, you had bands like AC/DC, Pink Floyd and even Led Zeppelin. They managed to give rock a much grittier feel and Michael Jackson shaped the pop music industry. Films also became much more driven by emotion and you had stellar blockbuster hits such as The Godfather, Star Wars and Alien.

80’s

Dance music has become much more popular over the years and rock soon split into different genres. This included metal and even grunge. Bands such as Kiss, Nirvana and even Slayer soon emerged. Queen, a very popular band came to light at the time and you also had comedy movies, which took off. This included Ghostbusters. The Shining became a staple for the horror genre as well.

When you look at how things have changed over the years, you will soon see that as the decades go by, even more things uproot the entertainment industry. This is all very interesting- but who knows what the future holds?

 

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How to Watch Game of Thrones Online for Free?

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The World is a Fan of the Game of Thrones! And so does I! While realizing the demand for series, I have come across a question that how people who can not afford subscription would watch the series? And that’s why today I am here to share various methods to Watch the Game of Thrones for free.

Game of Thrones, undoubtedly, is the most popular series of all time with classic storylines and compelling characters in it. The series has a large fan-following lacking behind the other series of HBO. GOT has an influential story and mind-blowing visuals that compel the series to shatter all kinds of records. Each and every scene is so ancient and classy, that one can not get their eyes off! With a lot of nudeness, spontaneous deaths, and unexpected betrayals, Game of Thrones has won hearts!

Where is Game of Thrones Released First?

Game of Thrones is first released on the HBO channel and then on Hotstar and later on many other streaming platforms. But to watch GOT on these platforms, you would require a subscription. 

But what if you can no take a subscription pack and you want to watch it now? Go through the article and find Interesting ways to watch the game of thrones for free.

How to Watch Game of Thrones for free?

In this section, I am going to share two methods to watch Game of Thrones for free.

METHOD 1: USING ONLINE FREE STREAMING SITES

As there are paid subscription sites to watch content online, so does there are Free streaming sites to watch content online. These Free streaming sites provide content for free. Such sites earn money through ads, so if you can tolerate a hell lot of ads, go for these sites. Here are some big names.

1) WatchSeries HD

WatchSeries HD is an online free Streaming website that lets you watch many TV shows and movies for free. Watch movies, Drama, Anime Ranging From Planet Earth 2 to The Grand Tour all seasons and many more absolutely free over here. The content here available in good HD quality, 720fps, or 1080 fps.

2) YESMovies

Watch hassle-free content exclusively with YESMovies. The website has a wide array of content including movies, shows, Drama, and others. The website is very well maintained and properly categorized. Moreover, the content available in good HD quality and requires less buffering.

3) FMovies

FMovies is another important website to watch movies online. It lets you watch and download videos and shows for free. It has multiple views over the web, some say that the website is legal while reports say that it’s illegal. The website was created in 2016. The website has an attractive GUI and its fun to watch shows here. The only disadvantage is lots of ads. So if you have the patience to tolerate ads, go for it.

4) Telegram

Telegram is an open-source platform that has a wide array of content available whether it’s related to entertainment, education, or any other domain. A hell lot of content available here, find anything to everything just on a single click. It is not a free streaming platform for movies and shows, but it is a huge platform that contains movies, shows, documents, songs, books, Pdf files, and much more. The telegram app is available for Android and iOS. Give it a try, you would love it!

METHOD 2: USING TORRENT WEBSITES

Torrent websites are in use for a very long time and people are still using it. Torrent websites are very well known for providing copyrighted content for free to download. Here I am sharing top torrent websites where you can watch and download Game of Thrones for free.

1) The Pirate Bay

The Piratebay is a very widespread peer-to-peer file sharing platform established in 2003 by three Swedish techs. Piratebay practices the BitTorrent Protocol for sending files over distributed systems. Piratebay is known as TBP protocol as the name of three founders starts with T, B, and P. 

It has a huge content library and awesome GUI. Search engines work magically and provides recommendation as well. Resume while uploading and downloading is available.

2) YTS

YTS.mx is a great torrent website where you can find and download various movies and shows in HD format. YTS or Yify Torrents was a peer-to-peer release group known for giving a huge number of movies through the most famous Torrent platform, BitTorrents.

3) Lime Torrents

LimeTorrents is a very famous website on the net from where you can easily download movies, shows, anime, etc. It is the 4th most considerable Torrent site with over 100 million active Torrents. Due to platform simplicity, the user gets attracted. 

The biggest disadvantage of LimeTorrents is its Peer-to-seed ratio. It means the old Torrents that are no longer in demand have a very low downloading rate. But still, Lime Torrents is incomparable and there is no match to it. Verified by google that LimeTorrents does not contain any malware or viruses and thus it is safe to use.

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Before You Go…

Before you proceed ahead, I would like to warn you! It is very important to use a VPN alongwith a pirated website whether its a free streaming site or torrent site. It keeps your identity safe by hiding your IP. Better to go with Paid VPNs as they do not log off your browsing history and data.

Disclaimer: We are not promoting any kind of piracy here. We are just informing people about things and as well as warning them against Piracy. We know very well that Piracy is Crime!

I hope you would like the article. Share your feedback. Thank you!

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PewDiePie vs Set India: Detalied Comparison between The Youtube Giants

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Fan of both Set India and PewDiePie? Want to check who is better? Then go through this post as this post will give you a detailed description of PewDiePie vs Set India.

In case you are thinking about what SET India is,  Then let me tell you that SET India is a YouTube channel originated in India. It is particularly famous for its entertainment videos for Indians. It started making videos on YouTube on September 20, 2006. And recently it reached another milestone.

It has now  77.6 million subscribers and 60+ billion views.

Whereas Sony Entertainment Television is an Indian Hindi-language pay television channel that was launched in October 1995.

Taking about PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, is YouTube’s biggest independent video-maker with more than 104 million subscribers.

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg is an England-based Swedish YouTuber, comedian, gamer, and philanthropist, known primarily for his Let’s Play videos and comedic formatted shows.PewDiePie was once the ruler of Youtube by the number of subscribers. However, T-Series dethroned him in 2019 and became the most subscribed Youtube channel in the world.

Both SET India and PewDiePie have come out as strong competitors especially in Lockdown when everybody is stuck at home and entertainment sources are limited now.

Both have encashed their popularity and their number of viewers and subscribers have surged to another level.

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Let us have a look at SET India vs PewDiePie.

#1 SET INDIA VS PEWDIEPIE: First Appearance

  • PewDiePie’s channel initially appeared on August 29,2010.
  • SET India channel was created on September 20, 2006

#2 SET INDIA VS PEWDIEPIE: Number Of Subscribers

  • PewDiePie has around 105 million subscribers.
  • SET India has 77 million subscribers.

SET India is having around 83,334 new subscribers every day on an average. On the other hand, PewDiePie’s daily subscribers’ growth is nowhere near that.

PewDiePie is definitely winning more hearts with a pro-active response.

#3 SET INDIA VS PEWDIEPIE: Number Of Uploads

PewDiePie and SET India are immensely popular and achieving new milestones every day. You will be surprised to know that PewDiePie has over 4.2K uploads on his channel while SET India has 38.5K uploads. So here, PewDiePie is leading the race

#4 Number Of Views

SET India is leaving PewDiePie a way ahead if we talk about the total number of video views with 60,093,227,256 views while PewDiePie is nowhere close to it with only 26,130,068,091 views.

Even if we check about daily average views of both channels then also SET India is winning here. SET India usually gets an average of around 84,762,800 views on a daily basis. Whereas PewDiePie is very far from SET India in terms of daily views of 10,038,200.

#5 PEWDIEPIE VS SET INDIA: Content Comparison 

The content offered by both channels is completely different.

SET India usually offers family shows and covers various genres like CID, The Kapil Sharma show, Crime show- Crime Patrol, and never-ending daily soaps where stories revolve around family matters. It features many reality-TV shows of dancing, singing where newcomers showcase their talent.

Their content is family-friendly and anyone can watch it.

On the other hand, PewDiePie got famous after playing and reacting to scary and action-filled video games. His gameplay, commentary, and reactions have got him a huge fan following.

Wrap Up

This is all about the PewDiePie vs Set India. Both channels are serving our entertainment platters with equal enthusiasm. Who is better between two completely depends on your taste of the content.

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