Warner Bros has announced that their 2021 films will be released on HBO Max alongside cinemas but is the HBO streaming service coming to the UK?

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the world of film and TV in 2020.

As well as causing filming delays on endless projects, release dates for some of the biggest films have been pushed back time and again, causing endless uncertainty in the industry.

Now, Warner Bros has made the bombshell announcement that a huge selection of its 2021 films are due to release on HBO Max alongside the cinemas.

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Warner Bros movies to stream on HBO Max in 2021

On December 3rd, Warner Bros made the bombshell announcement that their 2021 lineup of films would be releasing on the HBO Max streaming service at the same time as cinemas in the US.

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That means fans will be able to watch upcoming blockbusters such as Wonder Woman 1984, The Matrix 4, Tom & Jerry, Godzilla vs Kong, In The Heights and Dune from the comfort of their own homes.

Ann Sarnoff, chair and chief executive of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group is quoted in Sky News as saying:

“With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theatres, or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies, the chance to see our amazing 2021 films.”

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What is HBO Max?

HBO Max is a streaming service akin to Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video.

The streaming service was launched in the US May 2020 and is a sister platform to the US TV network, HBO, both of which are owned by WarnerMedia.

HBO Max boasts a wealth of content from HBO including Game of Thrones, Westworld and Euphoria and also has a growing library of original and third-party content.

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Is HBO Max coming to the UK?

  • HBO Max is not currently available in the UK and no plans have officially been announced about launching HBO Max outside of the US.

Unfortunately for fans here in the UK – or anywhere outside of the US for that matter – no plans have been officially announced about a wider rollout of the HBO Max streaming service.

That means that Warner Bros’ films will still likely release in cinemas here in the UK during 2021 although the UK’s biggest cinema chain, Cineworld, remains closed for the foreseeable future.

The HBO Max streaming service launched in May 2020 but is not available outside of the US.

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