The ‘Harry Potter’ films found a new streaming platform to call home
Now, it looks like the widely-successful franchise is heading to a new streaming platform in October.
All of the Harry Potter films are currently on HBO Max. However, last month, we learned that the streaming platform is saying goodbye to the films on Aug. 25. Following this news, many predicted that the franchise is heading to NBC's new streaming service Peacock.
Years before HBO Max's launch, WarnerMedia signed a deal with NBCUniversal. The deal gives NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the Harry Potter franchise through 2025. The night before HBO Max launched, however, WarnerMedia struck a deal with NBCUniversal to have all eight Harry Potter films stream on HBO‘s new platform.
Many aspects of the deal are unknown, but it could be that HBO signed a three-month window for the films to stream on the platform. This move likely caused various individuals to sign up for the service simply to watch Harry Potter.
Now, it has been confirmed that all eight Harry Potter films are heading to NBC's Peacock streaming platform. The good news is that the entire franchise will stream for FREE in October.
According to reports, the films will remain on Peacock for at least the month of October and then return again in 2021. The company says that the franchise will be available in windows, meaning they will come on and off the platform over the next six months and into next year.
So, for those dreading the thought of paying for another streaming service, don't panic just yet. Right now, Peacock is offering a free monthly subscription to select channels with advertisements. According to this new deal, everyone will have access to stream Harry Potter for free in October, regardless of a premium subscription.
However, in 2021, you may have to pay for a premium subscription to stream the films. Monthly subscriptions for Peacock with ads start at $4.99 a month.
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