With a large array of streaming services from so many studios, it’s inevitable that there will be shifting of content. The simplest answer as to why it happens is because usually the contracts that give that streaming service the rights to air a series runs out. Then it has the option to go to a newly formed streaming service of their own or be sold to the highest bidder. Such is currently the case with the Harry Potter franchise.
Currently, all eight films are available on HBO Max. But it had been announced last month that this month they would be leaving the streaming service. Via The Hollywood Reporter, we now know that their new home will be at NBCUniversal’s Peacock service this coming October. They have announced that the films will be available in windows. This means that they will come on and off the platform over the next six months and into 2021.
The Harry Potter franchise is a great example of custody battles, I mean rights negotiations for popular film and television properties. The film adaptations were produced and distributed by WarnerMedia’s Warner Bros. from 2001-2011. They grossed over $2 billion in theaters and lead to the Fantastic Beasts prequels. Then in 2016, they made a deal with NBCUniversal for their television and digital rights to Harry Potter through 2025. A short-term deal with NBCUniversal made it possible for HBO Max to feature the films upon its launch.
“The Harry Potter franchise is beloved by people of all ages and represents the caliber of quality entertainment customers can expect to find on Peacock,” said Peacock president of content acquisition and strategy Frances Manfredi in a statement. “We’ve built a world-class collection of iconic movies and shows, and we will continue to expand the film library with treasured titles from NBCUniversal and beyond that will surprise and delight Peacock customers time and time again.”
It’s always a journey to try and find a movie or series that you’ve seen somewhere only to have to find out it’s been moved to another streaming service. Sometimes when you have both streaming services it doesn’t matter. Other times it’s downright frustrating. In this case, thanks to my internet provider I have Peacock so I’m not worried about the home of Harry Potter. But it is nice to know where I can find it when the holiday times arrive.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter