064: HBO Max’s First Numbers Revealed

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This week, we get the first numbers for HBO Max. Are they good, bad, or something else? We also jump back to the Netflix numbers for the last quarter and discuss Quibi’s issue with communication. DC Universe is being suffocated and others are noticing Apple’s strategy shift as Tony and Dustin discuss all of the latest news from the world of streaming.

News Rundown
Netflix:
Netflix lands French survival thriller ‘O2’: https://deadline.com/2020/07/o2-netflix-alexandre-aja-melanie-laurent-1202992758/
Ryan Reynolds time travel film project moves to Netflix: https://deadline.com/2020/07/ryan-reynolds-shawn-levy-time-travel-movie-netflix-1202993524/
Two documentaries, focusing on the deaf community, ordered by Netflix: https://deadline.com/2020/07/netflix-two-documentaries-about-deaf-community-america-1202994593/
Netflix pays seven figures for horror short story: https://deadline.com/2020/07/netflix-7-figure-horror-short-story-my-wife-and-i-bought-a-ranch-shawn-levy-james-wan-scott-glassgold-1202994855/
Netflix orders prequel series for ‘The Witcher’: https://deadline.com/2020/07/netflix-the-witcher-blood-origin-spinoff-series-1202995701/
Carolina Rivera signs overall deal with Netflix: https://deadline.com/2020/07/carolina-rivera-verve-overall-deal-netflix-1202996073/

Prime Video:
Graphic novel ‘Paper Girls’ adaptation ordered at Amazon: https://deadline.com/2020/07/amazon-paper-girls-series-brian-k-vaughan-and-cliff-chiang-1202992689/
BBC’s ‘The Pursuit of Love’ lands at Amazon: https://deadline.com/2020/07/the-pursuit-of-love-bbc-amazon-andrew-scott-emily-beecham-1202995617/

Hulu:
Actress Joey King signs first-look deal with Hulu: https://deadline.com/2020/07/joey-king-inks-first-look-tv-deal-with-hulu-1202991008/
Elisabeth Moss launches production company and signs first-look deal with Hulu and Fox 21: https://deadline.com/2020/07/elisabeth-moss-love-squalor-pictures-first-look-deal-fox-21-hulu-1202990942/
Hulu developing alternate history drama series ‘Rodham’: https://deadline.com/2020/07/rodham-alternative-history-drama-series-hillary-clinton-hulu-sarah-treem-warren-littlefield-fox-21-1202991390/
New animated comedy series in development from John and Dave Chernin for Hulu: https://deadline.com/2020/07/hulu-chad-goes-deep-animated-comedy-1202992706/

Apple TV+:
Apple orders metaphysical thriller series ‘Shining Girls’: https://deadline.com/2020/07/elisabeth-moss-star-ep-shining-girls-thriller-series-apple-leonardo-dicaprio-1202992700/
Apple looks to shift content strategy after ‘Greyhound’ success: https://www.fastcompany.com/90531251/apple-eyes-new-streaming-strategy-after-tom-hanks-drama-breaks-records
Werner Herzog’s meteorite documentary heads to Apple TV+: https://www.engadget.com/fireball-apple-tv-plus-035547473.html
Oprah will host a new talk show on Apple TV+: https://deadline.com/2020/07/oprah-winfrey-host-new-talk-show-apple-tv-the-oprah-conversation-1202996123/

Disney+:
Halloween-themed comedy in the works at Disney+: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/halloween-supernatural-comedy-spooked-works-at-disney-1304371

Quibi:
Quibi announces new animated comedy series ‘Futha Mucka’: https://deadline.com/2020/07/ryan-reynolds-samuel-l-jackson-animated-comedy-series-futha-mucka-quibi-1202991570/
Quibi now allows screenshots, with a catch: https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/23/21336241/quibi-screenshot-share-streaming-ios-android-mobile-drm-copyright
Quibi orders ‘Eye Candy’ with Chrissy Teigen attached: https://deadline.com/2020/07/chrissy-teigen-eye-candy-quibi-sokkuri-sweets-nippon-tv-1202995506/

HBO Max:
HBO Max adds a number of international titles to its lineup: https://deadline.com/2020/07/hbo-max-picks-up-gomorrah-the-great-pottery-throw-down-1202991653/
First four Conan O’Brien produced comedy specials announced for HBO Max: https://deadline.com/2020/07/hbo-max-sets-conan-obrien-produced-comedy-specials-chris-redd-moses-storm-beth-stelling-james-veitch-more-1202991942/
HBO Max launch drew four million sign-ups: https://deadline.com/2020/07/hbo-max-had-flawless-launch-att-ceo-john-stankey-says-drawing-4-1-million-signups-dwarfing-hbo-now-engagement-1202992629/
‘The Wild’ being adapted for HBO Max: https://deadline.com/2020/07/hbo-max-sets-the-wild-patrick-brice-creep-director-1202993186/
HBO Max subscriber math analyzed: https://variety.com/vip/hbo-max-subscriber-math-demystified-1234715002/
WarnerMedia releases top shows for HBO Max: https://deadline.com/2020/07/friends-is-top-hbo-max-show-per-warnermedia-with-love-life-in-no-2-spot-1202996108/

Peacock:
Peacock launches Olympics channel counting down to the 2021 games: https://deadline.com/2020/07/peacock-counts-days-until-2021-tokyo-olympics-launching-dedicated-streaming-channel-1202991874/

Niche Streaming Services:
The slow suffocation of DC Universe is underway: https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2020/07/22/harley-quinn-heads-to-hbo-max-dc-universe-ends-yearly-subscriptions-the-end-is-nigh/#63ce899228ee
YouTube Kids will release over a hundred films and specials for free: https://www.engadget.com/youtube-kids-after-school-075138434.html

Other Streaming Providers:
Plex adds eighty free live television channels: https://www.engadget.com/plex-free-live-tv-streaming-130025526.html

Main Discussion
Netflix Q2 results: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/16/netflix-nflx-q2-2020-earnings.html

Articles of Note
Streaming Wars: Creative Destruction: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4360957-streaming-wars-tale-of-creative-destruction

Trailers
Hitmen on Peacock (08/06/20): https://youtu.be/k_byFTVL2G4
Anything is Possible on Crackle (08/01/20): https://youtu.be/eaNl3mSDVmw
Biohackers on Netflix (08/20/20): https://youtu.be/atHBOUvgBI8
Anelka: Misunderstood on Netflix (08/05/20): https://youtu.be/lnPxHu6Sx5s
Immigration Nation on Netflix (08/03/20): https://youtu.be/X_xVKy58Yuw
Frayed on HBO Max (07/30/20): https://youtu.be/QHz88p5b-FQ
Bad Ideas with Adam Devine on Quibi (07/27/20): https://youtu.be/nCLba32JsnU
Baby S3 on Netflix (09/2020): https://youtu.be/wUf0t_YLF-Q
(Un)Well on Netflix (08/12/20): https://youtu.be/5GyU4k3Lkes
Five Bedrooms on Peacock (08/13/20): https://youtu.be/NulsTP3Xi3c
Truth Seekers on Prime Video (???): https://youtu.be/UY2iyLnNeCQ
Utopia on Prime Video (Fall 2020): https://youtu.be/nfMBkiPFh-k
Selling Sunset S3 on Netflix (08/07/20): https://youtu.be/mp8Xm02TmMc
The Fungies on HBO Max (08/20/20): https://youtu.be/trxYt2ZEIY4
Infinity Train Book 3 on HBO Max (08/13/20): https://youtu.be/5jeGDwKBuus
Helstrom on Hulu (10/16/20): https://youtu.be/_9XTA2DkHm4
The Fugitive on Quibi (08/03/20): https://youtu.be/1YxcwWE_mj8
The Weight of Gold on HBO Max (07/29/20): https://youtu.be/LzGdIh3ciSk
Hard Knocks: Los Angeles on HBO Max (08/11/20): https://youtu.be/E5yZAMeey04
His Dark Materials S2 on HBO Max (Fall 2020): https://youtu.be/FnFsU7SY0Gk
Lovecraft Country on HBO Max (08/16/20): https://youtu.be/dvamPJp17Ds
World’s Most Wanted on Netflix (08/05/20): https://youtu.be/TFOYTE3RtCs
Tiny Creatures on Netflix (08/07/20): https://youtu.be/xbcWvXn3vZo
For All Mankind S2 on Apple TV+ (???): https://youtu.be/U48vnfP0Rjo
We Are Who We Are on HBO Max (09/14/20): https://youtu.be/zslamAqw3BQ
Star Trek: Discovery S3 on CBS All Access (10/15/20): https://youtu.be/qoLxTLwzHSw
Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe on HBO Max (08/01/20): https://youtu.be/OFyupLjHUxA
Jamie Oliver: Keep Cooking and Carry On on Hulu (07/27/20): https://youtu.be/fGlDgh7FLgM
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous on Netflix (09/18/20): https://youtu.be/TKJwbsx1BSc

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