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Some HBO shows coming to free streamers Tubi, Roku Channel

The logo of HBO Max appears on a television screen.
The logo of HBO Max appears on a television screen. (Graphic by The Desk)

Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) has signed content licensing deals with Fox Corporation and the streaming hardware maker Roku to make some HBO titles and other content available on two free streaming services.

As part of the deal, more than 2,000 hours of movies and TV shows from various WBD content libraries will land on the free, ad-supported streaming services Tubi and the Roku Channel.

The deal, first reported on Tuesday by Reuters, includes shows like “F-Boy Island,” “Westworld” and “Cake Boss.” The programs will be distributed on-demand and through new linear content streams that are developed by WBD.

Fox Corporation says Tubi will support around a dozen WBD streaming channels, including “WB TV Sweet Escapes,” which will offer baking competitions and similar reality shows.

The deal comes after WBD executives said last month that they intended to open additional revenue streams by licensing some HBO content to third party streaming services.

“The company has recently decided to license certain HBO and HBO Max original programming to third party FAST services to be part of a packaged offering which will drive new, expanded audiences for these series,” a WBD spokesperson said in a statement. “As we prepare for this transition, these series will be coming off of the HBO Max service.”

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Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 10 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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