The merging streaming services, explained

Chip and Joanna Gaines from Magnolia Network and Discovery+, and Matt Smith in the HBO series "House of the Dragon."

What’s happening at HBO Max? What does this have to do with Discovery+?

HBO Max, home of prestigious HBO TV shows, Warner Bros. and DC Comics, plus original series like the revival of “Sex and the City” “And Just Like That” is seeing major changes this week, as its new owner charts a new strategy for the streamer and its affiliated entertainment brands, including Warner Bros. Film Studios, TBS, TNT and CNN.

But in the summer of 2023, from the United States, Warner Bros. Discovery will begin the process of combining HBO Max with its corporate cousin Discovery+, the reality TV home of Food Network, HGTV, Magnolia Network, TLC and Discovery Channel. This will create a large streaming service under the Warner Bros. umbrella. Discovery. But what does this really mean for subscribers to each service?

We explain why popular streaming services, which have a combined 92 million subscriber households (most to HBO Max), are getting a makeover.

The HBO Max logo.  Big changes are coming to the popular streaming service, it announced this week.

Why is HBO Max changing at all? Why does it combine with Discovery+?

HBO Max is the streaming service launched by the company formerly known as WarnerMedia, which included the premium cable channel HBO, but also programming from cable networks such as TBS, TNT and CNN and the Warner Bros. movie studio. WarnerMedia was previously owned by AT&T, but the conglomerate announced in 2021 that it would spin off WarnerMedia and merge it with Discovery, a company that includes networks like the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network and the Discovery+ streaming service. The merger became official in April and the new company is now called Warner Bros. Discovery.

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