All eight Harry Potter films are streaming on HBO Max, which is shocking contemplating executives had been clamoring to deliver the Boy Who Lived dwelling to the newly launched streaming service however weren’t clear as just lately as earlier this week when that will occur.
The Harry Potter movies had been initially tied up in a take care of NBCUniversal — which has a lot of TV networks alongside its personal Peacock streaming service, and nonetheless maintains a strong library on Hulu — till 2025. Kevin Reilly, HBO Max’s chief content material officer, advised Enterprise Insider this week that the corporate didn’t have a “timetable” for getting Harry Potter rights again, however he added that “it’s excessive on our precedence record.”
Clearly. NBCUniversal paid a hefty quantity to safe the TV rights to the Harry Potter movies again in 2016: the deal was reportedly within the $250 million vary, according to The Wall Street Journal on the time. Though the settlement between WarnerMedia and Common additionally gave Common’s theme park rights to “unique content material and occasions,” NBCUniversal advised the Journal on the time that it was the most important film acquisition within the firm’s historical past.
The deal solely went into impact two years in the past and isn’t even midway by way of its run. It’s unclear how a lot WarnerMedia paid to deliver these movies over to HBO Max for its launch, however the streaming rights seemingly price a fairly penny. NBCUniversal will proceed to play the movies on its conventional linear tv networks.
This type of last-minute rights wrangling isn’t new within the streaming house. Disney introduced that Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil Warfare, Physician Unusual, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 would stream on Disney Plus the day earlier than the streaming service launched. Previous to that announcement, a number of of these movies had been locked in difficult rights offers with different corporations.
A Disney govt on the time advised The Verge at a Disney Plus occasion that offers had been being made proper up till the platform’s launch. Disney additionally labored out a take care of Starz, which held the rights to Star Wars: The Power Awakens, to make sure the movie was obtainable to stream on launch day. Clearly, WarnerMedia is making related strikes right here.
No matter the way it got here to be, all eight most important Harry Potter movies are streaming on HBO Max in the event you’re in search of one thing new to marathon whereas caught at dwelling.