AT&T’s new head of HBO is already taking shots at Netflix, saying it ‘doesn’t have a brand’


AT&T’s new head of HBO, Bob Greenblatt, is already taking shots at streaming rival Netflix.

The former NBC executive was appointed Monday to lead AT&T’s Direct-to-Consumer business and chair WarnerMedia Entertainment, which includes HBO, TNT, TBS and truTV. He takes over for longtime HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who resigned Thursday. On Tuesday, NBC News’ Dylan Byers reportedGreenblatt blasted Netflix for lacking a brand in an interview.

“Netflix doesn’t have a brand. It’s just a place you go to get anything — it’s like Encyclopedia Britannica,” Greenblatt told NBC News. “That’s a great business model when you’re trying to reach as many people on the planet as you can.”

HBO has long positioned itself as the premium content option in an increasingly crowded streaming space. Netflix, Hulu and Amazonhave all bolstered their on-demand video services with original programming in a challenge to HBO. And media giants like Disneyand Comcast-owned NBCUniversal are about to launch their own services.

“It’s getting to be a crowded field,” Greenblatt told NBC News’ Byers. “We think there’s room to carve out a very good consumer base for us.”

Read more from Greenblatt on NBC News.

Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the parent company of NBC and CNBC

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