Another day, another streaming service. WarnerMedia is gearing up for the eventual launch of its own service, called HBO Max, to not only compete with streaming giants like Netflix, but to have an exclusive hub for its gigantic library of movies and TV shows. So many channels and backlogs fall under the WarnerMedia umbrella, so it's going to be a huge project.

However, there are a lot of unknowns. We don't know yet how much it'll cost or if it'll include everything that WarnerMedia owns. Here's what we do know.

Wait there's going to be another streaming service?

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of subscription services out there right now, you're out of luck since WarnerMedia (originally known as Time Warner before it was acquired by AT&T) is set to release its own streaming service called HBO Max. The plans were announced in October 2018, but details have been slowly rolling out over the past few months.

Kevin Reilly, the president of TBS and TNT and chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment, described earlier this year how the service will bring together a lot of the company's library of content, including the Looney Tunes, HBO, Cartoon Network, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, TNT, CNN, and Turner Classic Movies catalogs, along with a slate of movies. Originally there was a plan to have three tiers and plans, but some reports have stated that the idea has been scrapped.

Currently, WarnerMedia's content is spread out across multiple platforms so this service would give the company a way to keep it all in one place. The big hop right now is the show Friends, which has been at Netflix and will now move over to HBO Max in 2020 in the U.S.

Streaming services are moving towards exclusivity and with different networks creating their own apps for just their content, it makes sense that WarnerMedia would want to do the same. The difference is the size of it all.

What content will be on it?

WarnerMedia has only just started to announce its slate of original programming. So far, there are five shows that have either been greenlit or are in the works:

  • Dune: The Sisterhood - The Dune spinoff (tied to the upcoming film from director Denis Villeneuve) was given a straight-to-series order. It's set in the world of Dune and follows the Bene Gesserit, a mysterious order of women.
  • Tokyo Vice - The 10-episode drama series is based on the non-fiction book by Jake Adelstein. It tells the story of an American journalist who embeds himself with the Tokyo police. It'll star Ansel Elgort and was given a straight-to-series order.
  • Love Life - The romantic comedy anthology series will follow one protagonist's search for love each season. The first season is set to star Anna Kendrick. Both Kendrick and Paul Feig are executive producing.
  • The Flight Attendant - The thriller series, based on the novel of the same name, will star Kaley Cuoco as a woman who wakes up in Dubai not knowing if she killed a man or not.
  • Made for Love - This 10-episode series based on the novel by Alissa Nutting is about a woman trying to escape her tech billionaire husband.
  • Station Eleven - This post-apocalyptic limited series is based on the novel by Emily St. John Mandel about a former Hollywood star and a group of artists as they wander the wasteland.
  • Over My Dead Body - Elizabeth Banks is developing a series adaptation of the podcast of the same name for the service. The podcast tells the story of two attorneys whose wedding was featured in the New York Times, but things escalate from there into a murder case.
  • Gremlins - This prequel animated series is in the works for the streaming service. It'll follow Mr. Wing, the Chinese grandfather from the films, as he goes on adventures with Gizmo.

As for non-original content, there's actually quite a bit in WarnerMedia's library. There's the Warner Bros. catalog, Turner Classic Movies, a ton of cable channels including TBS, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT, CNN, and more, DC Universe, and HBO and Cinemax. WarnerMedia highlighed a few upcoming HBO properties that'll make their way to the service, including Stephen King's The Outsider, Lovecraft County, and Joss Whedon's The Nevers.

It'll also have exclusive streaming rights to a number of popular properties, including the aformentioned Friends, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Pretty Little Liars, and some of the Warner Bros.-produced CW dramas like Batwoman and Katy Keene.

How much will it cost?

This isn't your typical streaming service, so it won't cost as little as Hulu or other comparable services. According to the Wall Street Journal, the service will cost between $16 and $17 a month, although the company hasn't confirmed this yet.

It's not the most expensive cord-cutting service out there, but it's certainly more expensive than some of the other major players, including Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Now. It's safe to assume that the price matches the amount of content users will be able to access and the amount of other services it'll replace. FilmStruck, for example, was once the streaming home for classic cinema, but with Turner Classic Movies under the WarnerMedia name, it can be moved over to the new service.

Speaking of HBO, Reilly promised that HBO subscribers will either get to buy into a standalone service or purchase a combined one.

What about DC Universe?

It's unclear how the DC-based subscription service will factor into WarnerMedia's plans. The company is said to be reevaluating the initiative.

There are a couple possible outcomes. Either DC Universe will continue separately, be incorporated into the new WarnerMedia service, or be canceled altogether. According to the trailer above, it looks like it'll at least be the middle option, since Doom Patrol, a DC Universe original, is highlighted.

When will it debut?

Currently there isn't an exact release date, but WarnerMedia has it on track for sometime in 2020.

"Our beta version of the service will not have original content on it but you'll see that in 2020 and then ramping up," Reilly said. "You can expect it to be in all verticals that we've identified here: kids and family, teens, young adults and adult category."