After days of taking precision hatchet shots to the library of his own streaming service, HBO Max, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav went in for the kill today. Talking to investors, Zaslav revealed to smoosh together HBO Max and Discovery+ into one big, mushy ball of content that absotively, won't have any Batgirl movies on it .
Let's be honest: a slide that purports to show the differences between the two streaming that will now by bridged by their forthcoming
HBO Max, we are told, is "male skew," "scripted," "lean in," "appointment viewing," and, of course, "home to fandoms." Discovery+, meanwhile, is "female skew," "unscripted," "lean back," "comfort viewing," and " ol' and mostly wouldn't have roasted the David .
Zaslav also posted a slide of the various assets from the paired streaming services, including a "franchises" entry that includes Harry Potter, the DC Superhero films, and, of course, the 90 Day Fiancé Universe, a vast cosmology of TV products about marrying people in less time than most people spend with a toothbrush. (Wait, should we be changing out our toothbrushes more often?)
W a slide for that, too . Specifically, he had one describing all the alleged money-losing sins now also been absorbed into Discovery+ ). The humdinger, as it were, is this line item (emphasis ours) Kids & Animation , CNN+, certain Turner originals, and select direct-to-HBO Max feature films.) God forbid a studio spend money on TV or films with "uncertain financial returns," but, don't worry: Zaslav has a solution. The company's CFO later confirmed on the call that a decent chunk of the company's kids and
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Amidst all the carnage, Zaslav and his team also laid out a timeline for the merge of the two services: We can expect them to relaunch as a single entity in Summer 2023, no name or price points announced. The hybrid service is expected to launch in both ad-free and ad-supported forms.
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