The world is currently mourning the unclear future of one of the major streaming services:HBO Max— amid the ongoing merger with Discovery+. This week is HBO Max Reportedly Remove 36 titles from the streaming service, including 20 own productions, the largest dump in recent history.
HBO Max is widely regarded as a streaming service with a portfolio of exceptional quality content – see shows like Our flag means death, Euphoria and Peacemaker for example. When head of Warner Bros. Discovery David Zaslav earlier this month announced that HBO Max to merge with Discovery+, fans were rightly concerned about what might happen to some of their most beloved content. The carnage of axed content started a few weeks ago as shows like Snowpiercer and movies like Moonshot were removed from HBO Max, and this week the streamer is dumping 36 titles — the biggest purge we’ve seen yet — according to a report from Variety.
“As we work to bring our content catalogs together under one platform, we will be making changes to the content offerings available on both HBO Max and discovery+,” HBO Max said, as quoted by Variety. “That includes removing some content from both platforms.”
20 of these titles are HBO Max originals and are primarily unscripted reality/talk shows or animated series. HBO Max’s removal of their own content is a bit of a paradox, as they won’t be available on the platform they were created for with no clear indication of where they’re going — or wherever. This has understandably upset some series creators, such as Summer Camp Island creator Julia Pott, who tweeted: “Animation is not nothing!”
When Gizmodo asked HBO Max why the service is removing their own content, they explained in a statement that:: “[W]We are starting to bring all of our content catalogs together, such as the launch of the new CNN Originals Hub on discovery+ and a curated collection of Magnolia Network content coming to HBO Max soon.” It is a promising quote, indicating that this content will likely be moved to a new service, but in the meantime, these shows in doubt. Until they find a new homehThere’s a list of some of the HBO Max kills that hurt the most, followed by all 36 titles that will be removed from the service.
While pulling these shows isn’t good news for their loyal viewers, it seems like the streaming service wants to keep viewership high. On Thursday, HBO Max launched a temporary discount for both new and returning customers. The offer would represent a savings of more than 40% when they prepay for an annual subscription before October 30th.