It won’t be another year. HBO Max in 2023 will have big changes, not only with the arrival of new series, original productions such as The Last of Us and several narrows such as Black Adam, The Flash and Aquaman 2, but also more profound as a rise in the prices of the subscription together. to the merger with Discovery Plus in the same application.
In relation to the merger, it had been projected that it would take place in the third quarter of 2023, but now it seems that it will be earlier, during the second quarter.
The union of HBO Max and Discovery Plus in the same application is one of the reasons for the increase in HBO Max prices in 2023, but it is not the only one. Other reasons for the increase in the subscription value are motivated by the fact that the platform has been maintaining prices since its launch as a way to compete against its rivals. And of course, the high rates of inflation that are registered not only in Latin America and the United States, but also throughout the world.
There is no exact release date for the new HBO Max + Discovery Plus app or pricing yet, but the merger will happen and the price increase is a fact.
On the other hand, the new managers of HBO Max (coming from Discovery after the merger with Warner Bros.) have canceled several series and projects, the most recent, season 5 of the proposed science fiction Westworld, produced by JJ Abrams.
The new administration wants to focus on promoting the DC brands (as Disney Plus does with Marvel) and also that of Harry Potter. There is talk of new Superman and Harry Potter movies or series, but nothing is certain on the horizon. And when we talk about Harry Potter we mean the original franchise and not the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
HBO Max has one of the most expensive subscription prices in the United States, with a value of US$15.99 for the ad-free pass compared to the US$10.99 that Disney Plus will cost from December. Ad costs $9.99 versus $7.99 for Disney Plus.
In Latin America, on the contrary, it is one of the platforms of streaming cheaper, compared to rivals like Netflix or Star Plus, although Star Plus is the only one that offers live sports from ESPN.
HBO Max in 2023 will be a completely different platform when the contents of Discovery Plus are added. We’ll see if it’s to the liking of the viewers who have more and more proposals to choose from.