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John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” has won HBO four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety Talk Series since its debut in April 2014, which means Oliver is probably the only one who could get away with publicly bashing HBO parent company WarnerMedia’s new streaming platform HBO Max. During the October 13 episode of “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver took aim at the new streaming service. HBO Max is launching next year and will join a crowded field of new streaming platforms such as Disney+, Apple TV+, and NBCUniversal’s service Peacock.
“Have you heard about HBO Max?” Oliver asked viewers. “Looking to add another app and monthly charge to watch things? HBO Max has you covered. It’s going to have all your favorites: Re-runs of ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ re-runs of ‘Friends,’ re-runs of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.’ You can pay for all of those through HBO max. HBO Max: It’s not HBO, it’s just TV.”
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Oliver is clearly trying to create some distance between his flagship HBO network and the upcoming HBO Max, which despite sharing a similar name have nothing to do with each other content-wise or business-wise. WarnerMedia announced in...
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