When you’re on the lookout for causes to maintain paying for Netflix following its password-sharing crackdown, Warner Bros. Discovery may need simply supplied one for you. On Monday, all 5 seasons of the HBO unique sequence Insecure began streaming on Netflix, marking the start of the brand new deal between WBD and Netflix. Deadline stories that Insecure is the primary of 5 HBO exhibits coming to Netflix within the US as a part of the settlement.
The stunning partnership comes amid a tumultuous interval for Warner Bros. Discovery. In current months, the media firm has eliminated droves of content material from its streaming service, modified the title of stated streaming service from HBO Max to Max, and licensed a few of that vanished content material out to FAST providers equivalent to The Roku Channel and Tubi.
WBD CEO David Zaslav is intent on getting cash in any respect prices, even when it means canning exhibits and flicks for tax write-offs or giving up the exclusivity of main titles.
Along with Insecure, the comedy-drama sequence co-created by and starring Issa Rae, Netflix can even stream Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Six Toes Beneath, and Ballers. Whereas these won’t be the community’s flashiest choices, they aren’t precisely castoffs both. The 5 TV sequence mixed to win dozens of Emmys and Golden Globes whereas they had been on the air.
As stunned as I’m that WBD would give one other streamer entry to 5 unique sequence with vital followings, the corporate is seemingly satisfied that these exhibits are price extra as licensing offers than they’re as attracts for Max. That isn’t the idea I’d have made, however I additionally don’t have entry to the identical information as WBD.
The exclusivity and status of HBO’s content material have all the time been a part of the community’s attract. Now that I can watch Band of Brothers, Insecure, and Six Toes Beneath on Netflix alongside Is It Cake? and Love Is Blind, I’ll admit that among the attract is gone. Had been it not for the continued excellence of many HBO originals, like Barry, The Final of Us, Succession, and The Righteous Gems, I’d be strongly reconsidering my Max subscription proper about now.