HBO finally figured out that most of us are poor and can’t afford $14.99 for yet another streaming service so they’re giving us a cheaper option.
The cheaper version will debut in June and will be $9.99 a month instead of $14.99, and as expected, it’ll have ads. They’re not adding commercials to HBO shows like Game of Thrones, but they will be adding ads to the shows they’ve licensed for HBO Max like The Big Bang Theory and Friends. There may be some other ads that also appear on the service.
Most of the content in the lower tier will be the same as the $14.99 tier, but it won’t include WarnerMedia’s upcoming slate of theatrical releases. That’s kind of a big deal for this year since they’re releasing most of their major movies in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously, but WarnerMedia already announced that they’re going back to the usual theater-first model in 2022 so I wouldn’t worry about it too much.