HBO Max’s days are numbered: what you should know about the disappearance of the streaming service

Since hbo max arrived in the United States in May 2020 and in Latin America in July 2021, it quickly became one of the streaming platforms favorites of millions of people; however, the happiness did not last long, since its days are numbered as a result of the merger of WarnerMedia (original owner of HBO) and Discovery Inc., giving life to Warner Bros. Discovery.

The news did not sit well with the users of said service, who were satisfied with the content they were offered, but their discomfort grew even more when they began to silently remove multiple titles that had already been announced, not as part of the movies and series that come and go every month. Here’s what you need to know about the .

THE CREATION OF WARNER BROS. DISCOVERY

The merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery Inc., whose transaction was valued at 43 billion dollarsaims to generate a new set of content that satisfies the most demanding public.

The CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, pointed out, in a statement, what they are looking for with this union: “We intend to maximize the value of that content through a broad distribution model that includes cinema, streaming, linear cable, free-to-air, games, consumer products and experiences, and more, around the world.”publish .

This illustrative image shows a person checking the HBO Ma app on their smartphone in Los Angeles (Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP)

WARNER BROS. DISCOVERY LEFT HBO MAX WRONG

Following the creation of this new company, the decision was made to remove several titles that HBO Max had announced. The measure taken by Warner Bros. Discovery is based on cost reduction and tax savings for some series and movies; that is, not having payment obligations for productions – according to them – of low performance, according to a publication by .

The six Warner Bros. movies that have been removed from HBO Max and were listed as “Max Originals” are:

  • “Moonshot”, a science fiction romantic comedy.
  • “Superintelligence”, a dystopian artificial intelligence comedy.
  • “The Witches”, the new version of Robert Zemeckis of 2020.
  • “An American Pickle”, a new comedy.
  • “Locked Down”, a romantic comedy and robbery.
  • “Kings of the City of Enchantment”, a drama by director Ángel Manuel Soto.

But that’s not all, since Warner Bros. also rejected plans to release “Batgirl”, which had received the green light in 2021, but with the new merger it will not be released on any studio platform, neither in theaters nor on HBO Max. A real shame, taking into account that it was already in the post-production stage for which US$ 90 million had been invested so far.

Another film that suffered the same fate is “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt”, which is the sequel to the 2020 film “Scoob!”. It was known that for its production, Warner Bros. invested US$ 40 million, according to another publication of .

The premiere of the film "Batgirl" was surprisingly canceled (Photo: Warner Bros.)
The premiere of the film “Batgirl” was surprisingly canceled (Photo: Warner Bros.)

IS IT THE END OF HBO MAX?

After the creation of the new Warner Bros. Discovery company, everyone wonders what will happen to HBO Max. Is it really his end? A question that falls from maturity, taking into account that the merger is generating an internal restructuring that directly affects said streaming platform that is still in force, as well as its productions.

Something that is also worrying is the possible massive layoffs for its executives as staff, something that this reorganization would bring about, publishes .

But Not everything is bad news, since despite what was said above, this would not be the end of HBO Maxsince it will join another American streaming service.

HBO MAX AND DISCOVERY PLUS JOIN

In an attempt to stay afloat with the streaming platform, Warner Bros. Discovery announced that it will merge HBO Max and Discovery+ into a single streaming service, which is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2023. “Our strategy is to accept, support and promote the incredible success that HBO Max is having”said WBD President and CEO David Zaslav.

Although you will be able to see select content, the service will have two levels: one with light advertising and another without advertising. With this merger, Warner titles will be available including HBO, CNN, DC Comics, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, Magnolia Network, OWN, TBS, TNT, among others. What was left up in the air is the fate of Max Originals, according to a publication by .

"Euphoria" is an American teen drama television series that is available for streaming (Photo: HBO Max)
“Euphoria” is an American teen drama television series that is available for streaming (Photo: HBO Max)

MERGER OF HBO MAX AND DISCOVERY+ WILL BE GRADUAL

According to the territories, the merger between HBO Max and Discovery + will be gradual, the first being the United States in the summer of 2023.

By autumn of the same year, the countries of Latin America will follow, at the beginning of 2024 it will be in Europe and in the middle of that year it will be in Asia.

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