Warner Bros Discovery To Combine HBO Max Discovery+

What on earth is happening at HBO Max? What connection does it have to Discovery+? This week, major changes are taking place at HBO Max as its new owner develops a new strategy for the streamer and its affiliated entertainment brands, which include Warner Bros. movie studios, TBS, TNT, and CNN. HBO Max is home to prestigious HBO TV shows, Warner Bros. and DC Comics films, as well as original series like “Sex and the City” revival “And Just Like That.”

The process of uniting HBO Max with its corporate cousin Discovery+, the home of reality TV from the likes of Food Network, HGTV, Magnolia Network, TLC, and Discovery Channel, will start in the summer of 2023, starting in the United States. As a result, Warner Bros. Discovery will develop a single large streaming service. But what does that actually imply for each service’s subscribers? We provide an explanation of the changes being made to the well-known streaming services, which have 92 million total paying households (the majority of which subscribe to HBO Max).

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Why exactly is HBO Max changing? Why does it join forces with Discovery+?

The corporation formerly known as WarnerMedia, which featured the premium cable channel HBO as well as content from cable networks like TBS, TNT, and CNN and the Warner Bros. movie studio, launched HBO Max as a streaming service. AT&T previously controlled WarnerMedia, but the telecommunications giant said in 2021 that it would spin it off and combine it with Discovery, a business that owns channels like Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, and streaming service Discovery+. In April, the merger was formally announced, and Warner Bros. Discovery was born.

Through the agreement, HBO Max was placed under new management with its own vision for the network. In an earnings call with investors on Thursday, CEO David Zaslav reiterated what management had previously said: HBO Max and Discovery+ will eventually be merged under Warner Bros. Discovery. Launching an integrated (streaming) service is our top objective, he declared. The company will provide more particular information in the coming months. The service will launch in the U.S. in the summer of 2023 (and later in other markets).

What Discovery series will be available on HBO? Max? and other things

The Magnolia Network, owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, is a significant addition to HBO Max. The five seasons of the original “Fixer Upper,” as well as “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home,” “Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines,” and other “selected material” from Magnolia, which is already accessible to stream on Discovery+, will all be available on HBO Max starting on September 30. On October 14, “Fixer Upper: The Castle,” the newest show from The Gaines, will simultaneously debut on Magnolia Network, HBO Max, and Discovery+.

What about HBO Max’s Warner Bros. movie selection?

The service’s planned and largely finished “Batgirl” movie, as well as DC Comics’ “Wonder Twins” and “Scoob! : Christmas Haunt,” which were earlier slated to release this holiday season, were all cancelled by Warner Bros. on Wednesday. Fans and media members noted Thursday that six HBO Max original movies, including Seth Rogen’s “An American Pickle” and “Moonshot,” starring Cole Sprouse and Lana Condor, had been taken down from the platform in addition to the films that had been cancelled. (The movies can still be purchased via websites that offer video on demand.)

Zaslav was adamant on the earnings call that he opposed the practise of film releases that are only available for streaming. He made reference to prior CEO Jason Kilar’s plan to sell original films on HBO Max, saying, “We have a different view on releasing direct to streaming films and we have taken steps to course correct the previous strategy.”

What more alterations might occur? CNN first switches to Discovery+

In a new “CNN Originals” section, Discovery+ will begin streaming CNN shows like “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy,” “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” and “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” on August 19. (No Reservations, Bourdain’s debut travel and culinary programme, was already on Discovery+ since it debuted on The Travel Channel.) CNN+, a streaming service, was discontinued by Warner Bros. Discovery management earlier this year after just one month.

Other changes include the new company’s decision to no longer prioritise family and children’s programming. Although the company has a library of content ranging from “Looney Tunes” to “Animaniacs,” CFO Gunnar Weidenfels stated on the results call that they are unlikely to pursue new projects. Concerns that HBO will reduce the amount of episodes it produces were also addressed by Zaslav. We’re going to spend a lot more money on HBO Max, he declared. “More money will be allocated to content. We are a content business.” (He did not specify if that translates to fewer but more expensive shows.)

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