HBO Max removes 36 series from its platform before its merger with Discovery+ | TechBuzz

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HBO Max is removing no less than 36 series from its platform. This is to reduce its operating costs as part of the merger with Discovery+. Both artists and users are already suffering from it.

The merger of HBO Max and Discovery+ has already caused a number of headaches, including layoffs, and this move is now affecting some content. Warner Bros. Discovery has confirmed to Variety that it will be pulling no less than 36 titles from HBO Max in the coming days as it prepares to merge with the Discovery+ platform.

HBO Max removes no less than 36 series from its platform

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The majority of these productions are not very large, but some are HBO creations that have made a name for themselves, such as the spin-off of Sesame Street, The Not-too-Late-Show with Elmo and the movie My Dinner wih Hervé with Peter Dinklage. A large number of Cartoon Network series are also leaving the platform.

In a press release, HBO Max explained that the content will disappear from both services as the company works to merge the two catalogs “under a single platform”. The supplier did not go into the details of its reasoning, but Variety clarified that this outright withdrawal (rather than the cancellation of future seasons) will help HBO Max avoid paying more royalties. Warner Bros. Discovery explained that it had to make 3 billion dollars in savings as part of this merger.

This is to reduce its operating costs as part of the merger with Discovery+

As you can imagine, some growers are already unhappy with the situation. This not only decreases revenue, but also makes it much more difficult for users to enjoy these creations, unless, of course, they find another platform. The creator of Summer Camp Island, Julia Pott, specified that certain episodes made during the pandemic would never see the light of day. Warner Bros. Discovery has “no respect for artists”, according to her.

Both artists and users are already suffering

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The merger of HBO Max and Discovery+ should be finalized and fully operational by the summer of 2023. No one is sure if Warner Bros. Discovery will remove even more content or if it will manage to reduce its costs further, but this new big decision is not frankly reassuring if you hope that this or that content will be available on the new platform. To be continued !



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