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A brand new report claims that HBO Max’s current wave of content material cancellations and removals will yield sizeable financial savings for Warner Bros. Discovery.

Warner Bros. Discovery’s current HBO Max content material purge is saving the corporate “tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}”, claims a brand new report.

The sizable financial savings are the results of the dramatic discount in forged and crew salaries and co-production prices the streaming service has to cowl going ahead, in accordance with Puck. There’s additionally an opportunity that Warner Bros. Discovery will be capable to promote some or all of its axed HBO Max programming to different networks or platforms, boosting the mass media firm’s income. Puck additional experiences that the animated and family-oriented reveals Warner Bros. Discovery pulled the plug on have been amongst HBO Max’s worst performers and “eradicating them will really save [Warner Bros. Discovery] within the excessive tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} yearly over the subsequent few years.”

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HBO Max made headlines not too long ago after Warner Bros. Discovery abruptly introduced that it was canceling Batgirl, regardless of the HBO Max unique being deep in post-production. Another film, Scoob! Holiday Haunt, was additionally scrapped on the similar time. This sparked hypothesis that Warner Bros. Discovery was poised to drastically scale back HBO Max’s slate of current and upcoming applications, which finally proved correct when 36 HBO Max reveals have been lower on Aug. 17. This included 26 HBO Max Originals, in addition to co-productions resembling Infinity Train and Aquaman: King of Atlantis.

Ongoing Upheaval at HBO Max

Warner Bros. Discovery supplied an enormous limited-time low cost on HBO Max subscriptions quickly after its again catalog cull, in an effort to take care of its current person base. The annual subscription prices for brand new and returning clients primarily based in America have been slashed by 30 %, lowering the HBO Max no-ads yearly plan to $104.99 (from $149.99) and the HBO Max with adverts yearly plan to $69.99 (from $99.99). The provide ends on Oct. 30, 2022, and have to be redeemed by way of both hbomax.com or a subscription supplier like Roku, Google Play, Apple or Amazon.

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This subscriber-drive initiative nonetheless wasn’t sufficient to win over traders spooked by the continuing turmoil surrounding HBO Max, and Warner Bros. Discovery inventory costs started to plummet on Aug. 23. The mass media firm closed that day at $17.48 and as of this writing sits at $13.56. Warner Bros. Discovery’s inventory worth has dropped by virtually 50% since January 2022.

In extra optimistic information for the powers that be at Warner Bros. Discovery, Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon not too long ago recorded the most effective debut in HBO historical past. What’s extra, HBO Max subscribers have been among the many prequel sequence’ 9.986 million viewers, suggesting the streaming service nonetheless stays viable post-content purge.

Source: Puck



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