HBO Max and Discovery+ will debut as single streaming services in 2023


It’s been a weird week for HBO Max. Following the unceremonious cancellation of the Batgirl film slated for direct streaming and the removal of more than a handful of “underperforming” streaming originals from the platform, CEO David Zaslav took to the stage during a ‘a call to investors to explain the brand’s strategy moving forward. .

Of the big announcements made on the call, the least surprising was the confirmation that HBO Max and Discovery+ will merge into a single streaming platform in 2023. Details on the name, pricing, and specific content of the platform remain a mystery, but the presentation included a slide explaining that it will be both on-demand and live, will include ad-free, ad-lite and ad-only options, with multiple tiers for content like sports , and will offer transactions. This means pay-per-view style offerings are likely on the table – but what exactly they might be, as well as prices for the various tier options were omitted from the presentation.

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The deployment of the new platform will be segmented by region. The United States will see their debut in summer 2023, Latin America will enter in fall 23, while Europe and “new markets” will see it until 2024.

“Correction” measures were also mentioned in the call for investors, which mentioned the “restructuring” of brands’ content portfolios for scripted shows, children’s and animated offerings, and movies direct to HBO Max. , so it also remains unknown what of HBO Max’s current offerings and originals will transition from their current platform to this new merged platform in the future.

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