HBO Max and Discovery+ will be combined into a new streaming service
Following the cancellation of films like the upcoming Scooby-Doo movie and Batgirl, Warner Bros. Discovery and HBO continue to undergo change. By the summer of 2023, the company said it would integrate HBO Max and Discovery+ into one service in the United States. The new service’s name will not be announced, according to CEO JB Perrette, and no price has been considered. The leaders are currently discussing how to produce ad-free and ad-supported models of the platform that is still under development. The executive team of the business discussed the subscription figures for the second quarter. Total viewership for HBO, HBO Max, and Discovery+ was 91.1 million, an increase of 1.7 million over the prior quarter.
The cost will be one of the main concerns for viewers. HBO Max costs $14.99 per month without commercials or $9.99 per month with ads, making it more expensive than Discovery+. The cost of the latter is $4.99 with advertisements and $6.99 without. HBO Max and Discovery+ will offer a single service that combines the two types of content that are connected to the respective platforms. The unscripted series produced by Discovery includes The Blue Planet, 90 Day Fiancé, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. HBO’s premium service, meanwhile, features outstanding dramas like Barry, Succession, Westworld, Game of Thrones, Hacks, and The White Lotus, whose second season will premiere in October.
Discovery+ entered its expanding phase after its launch last year. HBO Max has had time to build a reputation in the meantime. With this season, HBO has raised the standard for TV storytelling to compete with film, building on what it has done with shows like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, and others. Subscribers are worried about the future of the content and how good it will be because films have been taken off the platform, projects that were almost done have been canceled, and the platform as a whole has been changed because of the merger of two platforms.