‘Do not Fear Darling’ Will not Stream for Weeks (Perhaps Months)

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Do not Fear Darling‘s behind-the-scenes drama has been grabbing headlines for months. Hitting theaters (and solely theaters) Friday, it is also the most recent buzzy movie with no clear date that it’ll turn into accessible to stream.

Films distributed by Warner Bros., like Do not Fear Darling, turned synonymous with same-day streaming releases final yr, when each 2021 Warner Bros. film hit HBO Max on the identical time it landed in cinemas. However HBO Max ended that follow as of the start of this yr. Warner Bros. dedicated to giving its theatrical releases not less than 45 days in theaters completely — nevertheless it is not obligated to place these movies on HBO Max as quickly because the 45 days are over.  

Including one other wrinkle to the combo: Warner Bros. mum or dad firm went via an enormous merger in the midst of this yr, turning into an organization referred to as Warner Bros. Discovery. The change upended management, and it resulted in some shock modifications to how WB motion pictures are (or aren’t) being launched and the timeline to achieve HBO Max streaming. So even precedents set by motion pictures earlier this yr aren’t dependable for making predictions. 

This is what to know.  

How lengthy till Do not Fear Darling begins streaming? 

HBO Max would be the first place Do not Fear Darling will likely be accessible to stream, nevertheless it does not have a streaming launch date set but. 

Nonetheless, another latest movies can present clues about what to anticipate. 

At the least two titles have come out because the Warner Bros. Discovery regime started, and so they may recommend a attainable streaming-release window for Do not Fear Darling. Elvis, the biographical drama, hit cinemas on June 24, and it was completely in theaters for 70 days earlier than it began streaming Sept. 2. And DC League of Tremendous-Pets, the animated film primarily based within the DC franchise, hit cinemas on July 29, and it was given a theatrical unique for 59 days earlier than its streaming launch date set for Monday. 

If Do not Fear Darling stays inside an analogous vary, it might be arriving on HBO Max to stream between roughly Nov. 21 and Dec. 2. 

However that is solely an informed guess. It may arrive as early as Nov. 7 if, for some purpose, the corporate decides to start out streaming as quickly because the 45-day assure in theaters is over. Or it may take till early subsequent yr. 

Will or not it’s ‘free’ to stream? 

Since HBO Max requires a paid subscription, nothing on the service is actually free. However HBO Max has by no means charged an additional price to observe a film on its service.

Will Do not Fear Darling be paywalled on HBO Max? 

HBO Max has two tiers, an ad-free one which’s dearer and a less expensive one with promoting. On another platforms, new theatrical motion pictures are typically paywalled behind a pricier tier after they first begin streaming, and again when HBO Max was doing same-day streaming on a regular basis, these motion pictures have been unique to individuals paying for the higher-priced plan. It is unlikely that can occur with Do not Fear Darling — it is anticipated to be accessible for all HBO Max subscribers when it turns into accessible to stream. 

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