HBO Max is now just Max. Warner Bros. Discovery, which was created after the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery, announced that HBO Max and Discovery Plus are merging to form a combined platform called Max. The new streaming service, which will stream a slate of new titles and shows, is arriving on May 23 with three subscription tiers.
Max will be available for a monthly price of $9.99 for the Ad Lite plan, $15.99 for the Ad-Free plan and $19.99 for the Ultimate plan. While the first two plans remain the same, the top-tier plan brings 4K/HDR streams with support for Dolby Atmos, simultaneous streaming on up to four devices, and 100 downloads. The streaming quality in the first two tiers maxes out in HD with only two concurrent streams.
“Max is one to watch,” said CEO David Zaslav. “It’s a must-see because it’s the one place every member of the household can go at any time to watch what they want.”
While the decision to drop HBO, a name best known for its tentpole shows like Game of Thrones, Last of Us, and Succession, comes as a surprise, Warner Bros. Discovery is determined to bring its subscribers more. Many programs have been planned. New Streaming Service. At its reveal event, the company announced DC’s The Penguins, a spinoff of The Big Bang Theory, another spinoff of Game of Thrones, and a new spinoff on The Conjuring franchise. And on top of all that, Max will be home to a reboot of the Harry Potter franchise but in a show format.
Warner Bros. Discovery said the HBO Max app will be replaced by Max on May 23, but Discovery Plus will remain in place. Your HBO Max profile, viewing history and payment information will be automatically migrated to Max once Max launches.
Is Max coming to India?
It’s still unclear. Although Warner Bros. Discovery had previously tried to launch HBO Max in India, its efforts were in vain. It didn’t mention anything about India or additional markets at the event. This was when HBO’s marquee programs were available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar and some on Amazon Prime Video. However, the entire HBO catalog left Disney+ Hotstar in March, leaving fans in limbo.
Amazon Prime Video last year acquired the rights to stream HBO original programs such as Gossip Girl, The Flight Attendant, the renewed Sex and the City and the DC superhero series Peacemaker. But the fate of more popular shows like House of the Dragon, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and Last of Us is unclear. A report earlier this year suggested that Warner Bros. Discovery may license these titles to Amazon Prime Video for streaming in India on an on-demand basis.
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