In a win for the cord cutters, HBO Max and Discovery+ will be combined into one big streaming service…hopefully without a price hike.
The streaming wars are in full swing and there are quite a few people on this battleground. We’ve gotten to the point where there are too many streaming services for one person to reasonably keep up with without spending a lot of hospice, with some companies even having multiple services that you have to pay for separately. To know: did you know that Disney owns both Disney+ and Hulu? This justifies separating the two by saying that it would be inappropriate to host some of Hulu’s more mature content on Disney+, but if it saves me money, I’ll gladly put The Handmaid’s Tale beside Frozen or whatever.
That’s why it’s refreshing to hear that two once-separate streaming services are going to combine: according to VarietyHBO Max will absorb Discovery+ when WarnerMedia and Discovery merge into Warner Bros. Discovery in the near future.
Well, to be fair, it’s possible that Discovery+ could absorb HBO Max, but given that the latter has twice as many subscribers as the former, the reverse makes more sense. Also, to be fair, it could happen in the “near” future; Both WarnerMedia and Discovery are big companies and it will take some time for them to merge properly, as Gunna Wiedenfels, Chief Financial Officer of Discovery (and future Warner Bros. Discovery) explained.
And just againwe don’t yet know if this will lead to a price hike, although given that HBO Max is already the priciest major streaming service around at $15 a month, we certainly hope not.
Best-case scenario: HBO Max will absorb Discovery+ and the price will stay the same, meaning people can save a little money and still get access to HBO’s full catalog of high-quality shows. and all of the 90 day fiance cinematic universe. Cord cutters rejoice!
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