The Wall Road Journal, citing unnamed sources, right now studies that Warner Bros. Discovery has modified plans to fully merge the Discovery+ streaming service with HBO Max and as a substitute will enable the previous to dwell on as a separate subscription.
Official particulars in regards to the new service stay extraordinarily scarce, together with what it’ll be referred to as. But it surely’s nonetheless within the works, and WSJ says that the plan is for Discovery+ to stay as a lower-cost choice with much less content material. The brand new service would come with Discovery content material alongside HBO content material, plus extra from the better Warner Bros. catalog, and is anticipated to be accessible later this yr.
From the WSJ story: “The choice to maintain Discovery+ is a part of an effort to keep away from risking dropping a major chunk of the app’s 20 million subscribers who won’t need to pay the upper value to entry that content material, in response to the folks accustomed to the matter.”
So as a substitute of 1 new service to rule all of them, it’ll be one new service to rule all of them, in addition to Discovery+. No phrase but on how pricing will suss out, both. At the moment, Discovery+ is $5 a month with adverts, or $7 a month with out. HBO Max prices $10 a month with adverts and $16 a month with out. These HBO Max costs replicate the primary enhance within the historical past of the service.
If that each one sounds just a little complicated, it’s, born from the drama of AT&T proudly owning Warner Bros. and creating WarnerMedia, then offloading it into this new Warner Bros. Discovery entity, with new executives and new methods, however a extra unified tech platform. The adjustments even have led to a veritable massacre of content material, with upcoming reveals and films being killed earlier than ever being seen, present reveals getting the axe, and different on-demand fare being faraway from the platform altogether.
And to depart no income stone unturned, the WSJ report additionally says that Warner Bros. Discovery is engaged on a free ad-supported service (that’s often known as FAST, in business parlance) a la Tubi or The Roku Channel that may scoop up much more eyeballs. Complicating that just a little perhaps Warner Bros. Discovery simply signed a deal with Tubi that provides 14 Warner Bros.-branded channels and greater than 2,000 hours of flicks and reveals to the Fox-owned Tubi, together with some HBO sequence that have been faraway from the service, together with Westworld, Raised by Wolves, The Nevers, and extra.