HBO Max and Discovery+ are teaming up. Here’s when, why and what changes

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Chip and Joanna Gaines of Magnolia Network and Discovery+, and Matt Smith on HBO

What the hell is going on? HBO Max? What does this have to do with Discovery+?

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HBO Max, home of prestigious HBO TV shows, Warner Bros. and DC Comics, as well as original series such as the Sex and the City revival. “And just like that” will see major changes this week as its new owner develops a new strategy for the streamer and related entertainment brands, including film studios Warner Bros., TBS, TNT and CNN.

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But in the summer of 2023, starting in the US, Warner Bros. Discovery will begin the process of merging HBO Max with its corporate cousin Discovery+, home to reality shows from the likes of Food Network, HGTV, Magnolia Network, TLC and Discovery Channel. . This will create one big streaming service under the corporate umbrella of Warner Bros. discovery. But what does this actually mean for the subscribers of each service?

We explain why popular streaming services, with 92 million households subscribed to (mainly HBO Max), are undergoing change.

HBO Max logo.  It was announced this week that big changes are coming to the popular streaming service.

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

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

As a result of the deal, HBO Max has new management with its own vision of what HBO Max should be. CEO David Zaslav confirmed what management said earlier in a phone call with investors Thursday: Warner Bros. Discovery plans to eventually merge HBO Max and Discovery+ into one. “Our top priority is launching an integrated (streaming) service,” he said. The service will launch in the US in the summer of 2023 (and other markets later), with more details to be released by the company in the coming months.

Meanwhile, parts of Discovery+ are moving to HBO Max and vice versa.

More:The 50 Best Shows on HBO Max

Chip and Joanna Gaines on the set of their home renovation series Fixer Upper.

What Discovery series are coming to HBO Max? Magnolia and more

HBO Max gets a big addition from its new corporate cousin: Chip and Joanna Gaines Magnolia Network.

HBO Max announced on Thursday that it would “select content” from Magnolia, currently available to stream on Discovery+, coming to HBO Max on September 30, including Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, and all five seasons of the original Fixer Upper. The Gaines’ latest series, Top Repair: The Castle, will premiere simultaneously on Magnolia Network, HBO Max, and Discovery+ on October 14.

Leslie Grace at a film screening

What about Warner Bros. films? on HBO Max?

On Wednesday, it was announced that Warner Bros. abandoned a planned and largely completed Batgirl film. which was scheduled to premiere on the service, as well as DC Comics’ Wonder Twins and Scooby!: Holiday Home, which were previously scheduled to release this holiday season.

In addition to the canceled films, fans and reporters noticed Thursday that six original HBO Max films have been removed from the platform, including Moonshot starring Cole Sprouse and Lana Condor and Seth Rogen’s American Cucumber. (The titles are still available for purchase on video-on-demand sites.)

In the earnings call, Zaslav firmly stated that he does not believe in releasing films directly to streaming. “We have a different outlook on direct-to-streaming films and have taken steps to adjust our previous strategy,” he said, referring to previous CEO Jason Kilar’s plan to offer original films on HBO Max.

More:Batgirl star Leslie Grace pays tribute to fans after Warner Bros. filmed a $90 million film

Chef Anthony Bourdain on his CNN travel and food series "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" season 2.

What other changes might happen? To start, CNN moves to Discovery+

Discovery+ announced Thursday that CNN programming such as Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, and Shades of America United with W. Kamau Bell will be available on Discovery+ on August 19 on the new CNN Originals. . center. (Bourdain’s first travel and food show, “Without reservations” was already on Discovery+ because it originally aired on The Travel Channel). Earlier this year, the CNN+ streaming service, was scrapped by Warner Bros. Discovery in just a month.

As for other changes, children’s and family programs are no longer a priority for the new company. CFO Gunnar Weidenfels mentioned in the income statement that they are unlikely to pursue new projects, although the company has a content library from Looney Tunes to Animaniacs.

More:Top 10 TV Shows on Discovery+: From 90-Day Fiance to MythBusters to Anthony Bourdain

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