There’s been a lot of discomfort surrounding HBO Max this week, especially after Thursday’s announcement that HBO Max will merge with Discovery+. to become one streaming platform.
The news comes months after HBO’s parent company WarnerMedia merged with Discovery.and later dropped hints that HBO Max might cut original content.
On Tuesday, Warner Bros. announced it was cancelled released the already filmed original film “Batgirl”, which cost about 90 million. Soon after, at least six Warner Bros. movies were revealed was pulled out from the streaming service, including Moonshot, Superintelligence and An American Pickle.
Warner Bros. Discovery said Thursday that a merged version of the two broadcasters will launch next year, with a new title. This change is in line with CEO David Zaslav’s new vision that with more content available than ever, quality trumps quantity.
“Content that really resonates with people is much more important than just having a lot of content,” Zaslav said on a call with analysts on Thursday. “In other words, at a time when almost every piece of content ever created is available to consumers through a number of free and paid services, curation, quality and branding have never been more important.”
Before the call, actress/writer/producer Issa Rae expressed concern about the platform her latest show is on. Rap S… along with previous projects Insecure and The Sweet Life: Los Angeles.
“I find out who to seduce and plan Discovery,” she says in a tweet Wednesday along with a GIF of someone lounging around in a sparkly, tight dress and clutching a handbag. Robin Thede, creator of A Black Lady Sketch Show, which also airs on HBO Max, quickly jumped into the answers, adding “SAME.”
Some commentators weighed in before Thursday’s news, saying they didn’t think the merger would happen.
“If [Warner Bros. Discovery] Kill HBO Max to integrate it into Discovery Plus, that would be one of the dumbest decisions on the planet,” one user said. in a tweet. “That’s why I don’t think it’s going to happen. They can’t be that stupid.”
“I’m here stressing about HBO Max like it’s a family member who needs prayer,” Saeed Jones, author of How We Fight for Our Lives. in a tweet Thursday before the earnings call.
The developers also expressed skepticism about the planned merger.
“I’m not sure if the fixes kindly made by the HBO Max Help team will carry over to Discovery+, so you’ve probably got a year or so to get your hopes up and agree on a review.” KO in correct order of male pervert episodes on HBO Max! in a tweet Ian James- Quartey, of the animated series OK KO! Let’s be heroes.”
Sources previously told The Times that after canceling projects like Batgirl, Warner Bros. Discovery may incur fees. But a person close to the company said scrapping Batgirl isn’t a money-saving measure.
On the first day of 2022 At the end of the quarter, HBO and HBO Max reported $76.8 million. subscribers, making it one of Netflix and Disney+’s biggest competitors. HBO Max is home to a wide range of DC content, including The Dark Knight Trilogy, Peacemaker, and the Harley Quinn animated series.
“The collapse of HBO Max before our eyes is infuriating”, in a tweet entertainment writer Eric Francisco before making the decision. “Not because we have to love HBO unconditionally, but because the service has the best library of classic shows and movies AND bold originals that never feel algorithmically created.”
Times staff writer Ryan Faughnder contributed to this report.