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WarnerMedia Will Mix HBO MAX & Discovery+ Into A Single Service After Merger

Final yr, WarnerMedia and Discovery introduced its merger, which has nonetheless not accomplished however is predicted to very quickly. The merger was introduced to mix HBO MAX and Discovery+, and now we’re studying that it’ll be a single app and repair. That’s about what we anticipated, however given the variety of streaming providers that AT&T (WarnerMedia’s guardian firm) has already, it wasn’t actually confirmed.

Discovery’s CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels is talking on the Deutsche Financial institution thirtieth Annual Media, Web & Telecom Convention and introduced this resolution. It’s the primary actual take a look at what the mixed service would possibly appear to be. Wiedenfels gave us a reasonably unfastened roadmap for the streaming app, as soon as the merger closes. The 2 apps will probably be obtainable as a bundle earlier than they merge, after which it’ll finally turn into a single app.

No phrase on pricing but

The mixed service doesn’t but have a value. However each of them have an ad-free and an ad-supported tier. Discovery+ is $4.99 and $9.99 respectively, whereas HBO MAX is $9.99 and $14.99 respectively. Combining these collectively could be $15 for adverts and $25 for no adverts. Which is kind of expensive, and would make it greater than Netflix, even after its latest value hike.

It’s possible that the mixed service will stay round $15-$20 per thirty days. Keep in mind, Discovery+ does have plenty of very fashionable actuality TV reveals, so for that value, you’re getting much more content material than with simply HBO MAX.

Merging these two providers collectively isn’t a shock, and sure gained’t be the final that we see. Previously few years, plenty of streaming providers have emerged. So now, we’re prone to see some consolidation, beginning with HBO MAX and Discovery+. Why? As a result of a service charging $5 per thirty days can’t actually preserve paying tens of millions for brand new authentic content material (and even licensing content material) except it has an enormous user-base. And making an attempt to get individuals to pay for greater than Netflix and/or Hulu, is already fairly powerful.

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