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AT&T elevated its subscriber forecast for HBO Max and HBO on Friday.
The telecommunications firm, which owns WarnerMedia, mentioned it now expects international subscribers of between 120 million and 150 million for HBO Max and HBO by the end of 2025.
Back in October 2019, the firm set a aim of hitting 50 million U.S. subscribers by 2025, a comparatively low bar contemplating the premium cable channel HBO already had round 33 million subscribers forward of the HBO Max’s launch.
The firm additionally expects to see between 67 million and 70 million HBO Max subscribers worldwide by the end of 2021. AT&T had beforehand set a forecast of between 75 million and 90 million subscribers globally by 2025.
HBO Max is anticipated to broaden to round 60 markets outdoors the U.S. this yr and can launch a lower-cost model with promoting in June.
In January, WarnerMedia, reported that HBO and HBO Max had a mixed 41.5 million home subscribers, up 20% from 34.6 million a yr prior.
Of the 37.7 million HBO Max-eligible subscribers, 30 million got here from wholesalers and 6.8 million have been via retail channels. Retail subscribers are people who buy the streaming service instantly, not via a cable subscription or different streaming subscription.
This signifies that almost half of HBO subscribers who have been eligible to get HBO Max haven’t signed up but.
AT&T’s new forecast comes as Netflix just lately surpassed 200 million subscribers throughout the fourth quarter 2020, and and Disney’s streaming service Disney+ surpassed 100 million subscribers simply 16 months after its launch.