HBO Max will expand to 39 territories across Latin America and the Carribean in June, WarnerMedia has confirmed.
The long-expected expansion will mark the first time that the premium SVOD will be available outside of the US, with plans also in the works to convert existing HBO OTT products across Europe into HBO Max over the coming months.
The service will be made available to existing HBO GO direct-billed customers, as well as those who are billed through eligible partners, along with new subscribers. Warner confirmed that the existing HBO GO service will be phased out, and that the new app will mirror the HBO Max product in the US.
Subscribers in these regions will gain access to content from WarnerMedia’s international family of brands, including HBO, DC and Warner Bros, including original shows such as Raised By Wolves, Love Life and The Flight Attendant.
The territories covered by this announcement include: Anguilla, Antigua, Argentina, Aruba, B.V.I., Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Johannes Larcher, head of HBO Max International, commented: “We are thrilled for the launch of HBO Max in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is the first step in bringing WarnerMedia’s Direct-to-Consumer service to consumers outside of the US, and around the world.”
Series order for Issa Rae
In related news, HBO Max has announced an eight-episode series order for a comedy with the working title of Rap Sh*t from Insecure co-creator Issa Rae and her Hoorae Productions.
Syreeta Singleton will showrun and exec produce, alongside Rae, who will write the pilot, Montrel McKay, Jonathan Berry and Dave Becky. Hip hop duo Yung Miami and JT of City Girls are attached as co-exec producers, as are Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas and Sara Rastogi.
The half-hour comedy will follow two estranged high school friends from Miami who reunite to form a rap group.