Warner was acquired by Discovery last year for Warner Bros Discovery (WBD). This makes WBD which was always a staple as Warner more powerful and very diverse with their media offerings.
HBO Max and Discovery+ are joining forces for a one-stop shop for streaming all HBO originals and Discovery content. It comes out early this spring with an actual date yet to be confirmed. As of now, the name hasn’t been announced yet but is known in the industry to be “Max”. It will debut in the US first and follow through in Europe and Latin America in 2024. There will definitely be an ad tier, something that seems to be a trend across the streamers. The merger comes with an expected price hike, especially from the ad-free tier which will cost more than what HBO Max charges which are $14.99/month currently.
Max or whatever they decide to call it at launch will have a rich library of Discovery+’s content of unscripted shows, documentaries, and more. Having access to almost 200,000 hours of content available to subscribers is something worth looking forward to. These come from over 10 well-established brands from all the various networks such as CNN, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Food Network, TLC, HGTV, ID, Animal Planet, and many others.
Over the past year, WBD has pulled a bunch of HBO originals from HBO Max that will move to third-party streaming services. WBD is also planning on the release of FAST, their ad-supported tier something in the vein of Amazon’s Freevee. Keep an eye out because it is going to be a major shake-up with HBO Max and Discovery+ having a combined subscriber count of 94.9 million global subscribers.