As we continue to get more options for entertainment, it seems inevitable that there will be casualties along the way. For Warner Bros. Discovery, a preemptive move is being made following its announcement that HBO Max and Discovery+ will be joining forces as a single service starting in the summer of 2023.
This will obviously happen in the US first, with plans to take the unified HBO Max-Discovery+ platform to Latin America in the fall of 2023; Europe in early 2024; the Asia Pacific in mid-2024; and additional markets in fall 2024.
“At the end of the day, putting all the content together was the only way we saw to make this a viable business,” said JB Perrette, CEO and president of global streaming and interactive for Warner Bros. Discovery during the company’s Q2 earnings call and reported by Variety. The merger of HBO Max and Discovery+ will also allow the reduction of bloat so “there’s something for everyone in the household.
For now, there is still no announcement of the name of this new service, nor is there pricing available. Viewers might have to contend with variations that include ads while the company tries to refine its approach. What is probably most important is that the unified service offers the best features of either platform, so that consumers are truly getting the best of both worlds.
The merger has already resulted in the cancellation of the Wonder Twins movie, although the prospect of Batman Azteca: Choque de Imperios is still exciting. Hopefully, the upcoming House of the Dragon series will be a big success on HBO Max so better things can come in the future.