Several classic HBO shows will be available to stream on Netflix following a deal between the latter and Warner Bros Discovery.
Titles such as Six Feet Under, Ballers, Band of Brothers, and The Pacific will soon be available on the world’s most popular streamer, despite its rivalry with HBO. Insecure has already been added to Netflix.
The decision comes from Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who is determined to help the company financially as it faces a significant debt of $49.5billion. To tackle this staggering sum, the company have shelved various projects, removed shows from HBO Max and laid off staff members.
Warner Bros Discovery is also reportedly selling half its movie and television music assets for a rumoured fee of $500million. This would mean selling a catalogue of songs from productions like Casablanca, Rent and Batman.
Warner Bros Discovery has also made many of its titles available on Roku and Tubi, including Westworld, Raised By Wolves and The Time Traveller’s Wife, giving them life away from HBO Max.
HBO’s Insecure streaming on Netflix is a big deal; this is the first time one of its original series has been made available on the platform. Beyond its associated sites, HBO has rarely lent their original shows to other streaming services or networks.
For example, shows like The Sopranos and The Wire were made available on Amazon Prime Video in 2014 when HBO didn’t have its own streaming service – and Amazon didn’t make original content.