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When will Barbie come to streaming?

Barbie and Ken should be streaming before the end of the year

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Barbie (Margot Robbie) and Ken (Ryan Gosling) sing in the Barbiemobile out of Barbie land in Barbie Image: Warner Bros. Pictures
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Barbie’s first live-action adventure is in theaters, but all the Barbies and Kens will soon be available on streaming, so you can watch them over and over again at home.

While we don’t know exactly what Barbie’s streaming dates will be, we do have some good guesses to go on based on when Warner Bros. has released movies on Max in the recent past. Here’s everything we know so far about when Barbie will be available to stream, and if you want to rent or buy the film digitally, scroll down.

When and where will Barbie be streaming?

Based on previous Warner Bros. movies, Barbie is likely to hit Max sometime around November. This would give the potential box office hit plenty of legs in theaters to rake in as much money as possible over the summer, while also providing Warner Bros. with a family-friendly hit it could throw onto its streaming service during the holiday season.

How big of a deal is the Barbie movie really?

It turns out, it’s pretty huge! First of all, the early box office numbers suggest that everyone wants to see a Barbie movie. It’s already one of the biggest movies of the year and it seems to only be getting bigger (not unlike the massive Barbie in the movie’s 2001: Space Odyssey parody), defying some of the blockbuster disappointments that the rest of the year has held.

More importantly though, Barbie has always been a big deal. As the movie is happy to point out, Barbie holds a very important and unique place in society as a product, as a toy, and as a symbol.

When will Barbie be available to rent?

Warner Bros. has announced Barbie will be available to rent on digital VOD services like Apple, Amazon, and Google starting September 5. The best deal for the digital version of the film is at Amazon, where it costs $19.99 to pre-order the 4K version. Other services will host the film as well, including the Microsoft Store, Vudu, Google Play Movies, and iTunes, costing $24.99. We’ll likely find out how much it’ll cost to rent the movie, not own it, closer to Sept. 5.

What can I watch in the meantime?

I’m so glad you asked! The answer is you can watch all 40 of the animated Barbie movies, and we have a ranked list if you just want the best ones. Or, if you’re more inclined to watch the movies that inspired Barbie, you can check out director Greta Gerwig’s excellent (and sometimes surprising) list of inspirations.

Will Barbie stream on Netflix?

It will not — at least not any time in the near future. While many movie studios have inked deals with Netflix for their movies to arrive on the platform eventually, Warner Bros. isn’t one of them. Instead, Barbie will be limited to Warner’s in-house streaming service, Max.

Update (Aug. 16): Streaming services are now accepting pre-orders to purchase the film, so we’ve added links.

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