On March 31 this year, HBO pulled all its famous shows, including Game of Thrones and the recently launched Last of US, from Disney Hotstar in India. These shows are now coming back next month. Reliance’s Viacom18 has struck a deal with Warner Bros Discovery for its streaming platform JioCinema.
Reliance Industries’ (RIL) video-streaming arm JioCinema will stream content produced by Warner Bros, HBO, and Max Original in India starting next month.
The deal is seen as a big push by the company to compete against Netflix and Amazon by bringing Hollywood content onto the platform. The deal will see Warner Bros as well as its HBO content becoming available on the JioCinema app.
These Shows Are Coming
The deal includes current and future seasons of HBO’s globally acclaimed series such as House of The Dragon, The Last of Us, Succession and The White Lotus, and returning seasons of True Detective: Night Country, Euphoria, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty and Perry Mason.
Highly anticipated HBO Original series, including The Idol, White House Plumbers, The Sympathizer and The Regime. In addition, HBO’s esteemed series and documentaries, including Game of Thrones, Sex & The City, Big Little Lies, Chernobyl and Veep, will also be available for users.
Max Original series including, And Just Like That…, Peacemaker, and The Flight Attendant, highly anticipated premieres such as Dune: The Sisterhood, The Batman spinoff The Penguin, and Duster, from J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan, as well as much-loved Warner Bros. Television series like East New York and Gotham Knights are also part of the offering.
Future Warner Bros. blockbuster movies and a vast film library including the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and DC Universe movies, as well kids’ animation titles like Dexter's Laboratory and Tom and Jerry Kids will also be available on JioCinema.
"HBO Original, Max Original and Warner Bros. Television series are set to premiere on JioCinema on the same day as the US," the companies said.
Clement Schwebig, President for India, Southeast Asia and Korea for Warner Bros said the agreement was part of its commitment to the South Asia market, as it looks to further strengthen the scale of its regional business.
“We are now on a mission to build the most magnetic destination for entertainment for all Indians. The strategic partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery is a big milestone in our journey to offer the best of Hollywood content to our elite consumers,” said Ferzad Palia, Head – SVOD & international business, Viacom18.
JioCinema streaming IPL
The content deal will bring thousands of hours of streaming content onto JioCinema. The platform is also showing the IPL tournament for free and streamed the FIFA World Cup last year.