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  1. HBO Max Tries to Win the Game of Streams

    The streaming service HBO Max is coming online Wednesday at a unique juncture in entertainment history. Never before has content been so in demand and yet never before have Americans, 15 percent of whom are now jobless, been so squeezed in the streaming wars. With beloved old acquisitions like Friends and network-defining shows like The Sopranos and Game of Thrones, HBO Max hopes to lure lots of eyeballs and not simply wither under the flaming breath of Netflix. But the pandemic has paralyzed all production as the industry scrambles to find new content to carve out sustainable fiefdoms fit to survive an endless winter.

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