HBO Max and Discovery+ Will Merge Sooner Than Expected
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Earlier this year, AT&T sold its Warner Bros. media division to Discovery Inc, and one of the combined company’s goals is to merge their streaming services. Now it could happen sooner than expected.
Warner Bros Discovery said back in August that it planned to merge the HBO Max and Discovery+ streaming services into one combined service, starting in summer 2023 in the United States. However, that timeline has now been moved up to spring 2023, according to CEO David Zaslav on the latest earnings call.
The new show Fixer Upper: The Castle was a test to see how the “reality” content that makes up most of the library of Discovery+ would do on HBO Max. Even though it was also available on the Magnolia Network and Discovery Plus, it quickly jumped into the top five most watched shows on HBO Max.
The exact method of the merger is still unclear, such as which app will be automatically updated to the new unified service, or if it will require a new download. Pricing is also still not public, but Discovery…
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