The merger of streaming services, explained

Chip and Joanna Gaines from Magnolia Network and Discovery+, and Matt Smith in the HBO series

What the hell is happening on HBO Max? What does it have to do with Discovery+?

HBO Max, the home of prestigious HBO television shows, Warner Bros. movies and DC Comics, along with original series like the “Sex and the City” revival “And Just Like That,” is undergoing some changes. important this week as its new owner charts a new strategy for the streamer and its affiliated entertainment brands, including Warner Bros. movie studios, TBS, TNT and CNN.

But in the summer of 2023, beginning in the US, Warner Bros. Discovery will begin the process of combining HBO Max with its corporate cousin Discovery+, the home of reality shows from Food Network, HGTV, Magnolia Network, TLC and Discovery. Channel. . This will create a huge streaming service under the corporate umbrella of Warner Bros. Discovery. But what does that really mean for subscribers of each service?

We explain why the popular streaming services, which have a combined 92 million households subscribed (the majority to HBO Max), are getting a makeover.

The HBO Max logo.  Big changes are coming to the popular streaming service, it announced this week.

Why is HBO Max changing? Why is it combined with Discovery+?

HBO Max is the streaming service started by the company formerly known as WarnerMedia, which included the premium cable channel HBO, but also programming from cable networks like TBS, TNT, and CNN and the Warner Bros. movie studio WarnerMedia was formerly owned. from AT&T, but the conglomerate announced in 2021 that it would spin off WarnerMedia and merge it with Discovery, a company that includes networks like the Discovery Channel, HGTV, the Food Network and the Discovery+ streaming service. The merger became official in April and the new company is now called Warner Bros. Discovery.

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