The entertainment industry has been rapidly changing and evolving with streaming services such as Netflix and HULU dominating the market and soon Disney + will be joining in the competition. On October 29th, WarnerMedia announced their own streaming platform, HBO Max, which is set to release in May 2020.
During the presentation, a long list of movies, TV shows, and exclusive broadcasts were announced for this new platform. Among those that were listed was Godzilla: King Of The Monsters from Legendary Pictures. It is unknown if the rest of the movies from the Monsterverse including Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island, and Godzilla vs Kong will be added to the list, but there is a possibility for the other movies to be added. It would not make sense to only add Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and not add the other movies to the collection. For now, the only collection WarnerMedia is focusing on releasing the most are the DC Comics movies spanning from Batman to Superman to the DCEU movie and to the most recently released movie, Joker.
WarnerMedia has even partnered with The Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) to bring over classic movies to HBO Max as well. The 1954 original, Godzilla/Gojira, was spotted among other classic movies on the list coming to the streaming platform. With the recent Blu-Ray release of the whole Showa era Godzilla films (1954-1975) by The Criterion Collection there is speculation that all of the movies from that era will also appear. This may require some more time to add the rest of the films from Criterion since the Godzilla property does belong to TOHO Co. Seeing as TOHO's current project is to expand the Godzilla brand internationally, allowing Criterion to add the rest of the Showa era collection on HBO Max would be very beneficial to TOHO in their expansion in gaining more viewers and building more fans in countries that are difficult to reach out to.
According to the FAQ's on their website, the cost for HBO Max is $14.99 per month plus applicable taxes. If you are already a subscriber to HBO, HBO Now, or an AT&T subscriber (such as AT&T TV or U-Verse TV) then HBO Max will be accessible at no extra charge.
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