Disney+ has set an incredible precedent with their decision to release Mulan earlier this year on the streaming giant. Now newbie streaming kid on the block HBO Max has inked a deal with parent company Warner Brothers to do a simultaneous release slate.
Warner Brothers made history last Thursday with a massive announcement about a side by side streaming and theatrical release catalog for their entire 2021 film line up. It’s not entirely unexpected to release one movie this way (we’re looking at you Wonder Woman 1984, out December 25th). However, it’s totally unprecedented for a major studio to make a move like this for an entire year of movies.
Here’s how it will work: movies will still be scattered throughout the year on different release dates, some haven’t even been officially announced yet. For the first month of release, each movie will be available both in theaters and on HBO Max, with no additional charge for subscribers to view them while they’re streaming. They’ll leave HBO Max after the one-month window but will continue playing in theaters and we’re assuming, would be set to return to streaming at some point in the future.
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