HBO Max has secured the exclusive US streaming rights to BBC’s longest running global franchise, Doctor Who. All 11 seasons of the British sci-fi hit drama will be available on WarnerMedia’s streaming service at launch in spring 2020, marking the SVoD premiere of season 11. As part of HBO Max’s new long-term deal with BBC Studios, the streamer will also be the exclusive SVoD home for future seasons after they air on BBC AMERICA.
In addition to Doctor Who, HBO Max has licensed 700 episodes of iconic BBC series such as The Office, Top Gear, Luther, The Honorable Woman, Stath Lets Flats and more.
“Doctor Who is one of television’s all-time, most beloved series, on both sides of the pond, and we are happy to be the exclusive streaming stewards for this BBC gem” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and president, TNT, TBS, and truTV. “Another series to further define the high-quality content experience consumers can expect from HBO Max.”
“As any Doctor Who fan knows, the iconic TARDIS is ‘bigger on the inside’ – and it’s a good thing because the TARDIS is about to welcome a whole new slew of fans coming to the show through this deal with HBO Max,” said Nigel Gaines, Interim President, BBC Studios – Americas. “HBO Max’s ambitious content line-up is the perfect complement to the Doctor Who global franchise, in addition to some of our most award-winning and game-changing UK dramas and comedies.”
At launch HBO Max’s library is anticipated to boast 10,000 hours of programming, including key licensed third-party programming and a rich array of content that brings the HBO service together with WarnerMedia’s portfolio of brands: Warner Bros, New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Hello Sunshine, Looney Tunes and more.