HBO Max And Discovery+ Are Merging, But So Far Your Favorite Shows Are Safe

The news comes after days of speculation that parent company Warner Bros. Discovery was ready to slash its scripted programming.

HBO Max and Discovery+ will become one streaming service by summer 2023, David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, announced on an earnings call Thursday.

Details about the new service's cost, name, and rollout haven't yet been released, but executives tried to shut down speculation that it would mean a step away from the premium scripted shows that HBO has become known for. Thursday's news comes after it was revealed that HBO Max has been quietly removing some shows and movies, like Amsterdam and The Witches, for weeks. According to HBO Max Help's Twitter account, it's part of the process of the upcoming merger with Discovery+. A Twitter account called Is It Still on HBO Max? popped up Thursday, letting viewers know which shows and movies are gone.

Warner Bros. Discovery also said this week that it shelved Batgirl and Scoob!: Holiday Haunt, two movies that were meant to stream on HBO Max. According to Variety, the decision was made so the company can take a tax write-down.

In spite of those moves, company leaders said they won't be dropping "appointment viewing" comedies and dramas in favor of the reality and lifestyle shows that make up Discovery+. Zaslav said on Thursday's earnings call that the company wants to "embrace, support, and drive the success HBO Max is having," and that by merging it with Discovery+ the product will be "superb." HBO Max and Discovery+ have a combined 92 million subscribers, but they hope to reach 130 million subscribers by 2025 with a streaming service that has something for everyone — and keeps more people watching for longer.

Before the earnings call, people were preparing for drastic changes, mourning the HBO Max they know and love. The Wrap, citing anonymous insiders, suggested a major restructuring would be announced, with major layoffs to the HBO Max development team.

HBO Max is one of the best streaming services around because they actually have movies! If they start cutting back on that for more PROPERTY BROTHERS or whatever bullshit they have on Discovery+, I will cancel that subscription so damn fast.

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I can feel HBO Max slipping away like a dream you can't explain. "Miranda had a drinking problem... and Kaley Cuoco was on the run ... and Toni Collette kept falling down the stairs."

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prayer circle, hope this works 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯 save 🕯 HBO Max 🕯 originals 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯

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So far, that hasn't been announced. But the quiet removal of some shows and movies from HBO Max served as a reminder of how temporary streaming content can be. Alena Smith, the creator of Dickinson on Apple TV, tweeted that the HBO Max situation is why she begged for a physical copy of her show.

The Batgirl/ HBO Max situation is why I spent my last day on set of Dickinson calling an exec at apple and *begging* for a physical recording of my show…they actually gave me one, I have the ONLY copy…. People said I was crazy but dude, that’s ten years of my life 🎞📽📼📀

Twitter: @internetalena

In light of the HBO Max debacle, a reminder: Make copies of your online work, people. Print the webpage to a PDF if you want to preserve what it looked like/how it was laid out, etc. Keep a hard copy in Word or something of the text. Just like Batgirl, your shit can disappear.

Twitter: @odienator

This is why the streaming future is so bleak. HBO Max is an invaluable service - Criterion, anime, TCM, originals, WB Archive - and one merger can erase artistic progress + effort made for the platform. This is such a blow to the filmmakers.

Twitter: @vhsvvitch

And even though it was reportedly nearly done, Batgirl will not be released due to changes at the corporate level. Actor Leslie Grace, who played the title role, wrote on Instagram that she is proud of the movie.

"I feel blessed to have worked among absolute greats and forged relationships for a lifetime in the process! To every Batgirl fan - THANK YOU for the love and belief, allowing me to take on the cape and become, as Babs said best, 'my own damn hero!'”

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