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Following the acquisition of WarnerMedia by Discovery Inc. In May 2021, the HBO Max and Discovery Plus merger has been a long time coming. Combining Discovery Plus' archive of entertaining reality TV with HBO's library of hard-hitting TV shows and movies,new Max streaming service announcedon April 12, 2023, with a release just over a month later.
And it's not just the new spicy name that has been announced. In addition to the release date, you can get all the details you need about Max plans and prices, as well as new and old titles to check out.
When will the Max streaming service be released?
The new streaming service Max is launchedMay 23, 2023under his completely new domain Maximum. with(opens in new tab)in the USA.
These are pre-existingHBO Max-abonnementyou don't have to do anything; your subscription will automatically migrate to Max, with apps on devices automatically updated to reflect the new and expanded library. In some cases, you may be prompted to update your app.
Why is HBO Max changing its name?
While the merger with Discovery Plus might seem reason enough to flip the brand, the reason Warner Bros. Discovery is ditching "HBO," reportedly to appeal to kids (or rather, their parents).
The HBO brand has become known for providing often very explicit, mature content, with Max looking to capitalize on its newer brands, including Cartoon Network, Looney Tunes and Wizarding World.
Regarding the rebranding, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery's JB Perrette said:“We all love HBO. And it's a brand built over five decades to be the edgy, pioneer in adult entertainment. But it's not exactly the place where parents would prefer to leave their children."
What maximum rates and plans are available?
Unlike HBO Max, which had a choice of two subscription plans, Max comes with three tiers, including a pricier "Ultimate ad-free" — which will likely be a boon for those who otherwise enjoyed 4K streams on now its mid price plan.
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|Price||Video quality||# streams|
|Ad-Lite||$9.99 per month / $99.99 per year||HD||2|
|No ads||$15.99 per month / $149.99 per year||HD||2|
|Absolutely no ads||$19.99 per month / $199.99 per year||4K HDR meets Dolby Atmos||4|
In addition to whether or not it has ads and the number of simultaneous streams available, plans also differ in the number of hours of content you can download to watch offline. While youyou won't be able to watch anything offline with the Ad-Lite subscription, metNo adsyou can download the maximum30 titles, while withAbsolutely no adsyou can download the maximum100 titles.
What can I watch on the new Max streaming service?
As expected, the main difference between HBO Max and the new Max streaming service is the expansion of content. Entertainment at Max Okay, Max brings back HBO Max's catalog of original and licensed content, along with Discovery Plus' reality fix.
Bringing together HBO, Warner Bros, DC Entertainment, CNN, Cartoon Network, TINT, TBS and TCM studios, Max continues to be the place to find popular titles likeThe friends,Game of Thrones,Harry Potter,The sopranos,Sex and the city, SeThe theory of the Big Bang, as well as just about every DC superhero movie you can think of.
Combined, Discovery Plus brings Discovery, HGTV, Food Network, Animal Planet, OWN and more, with some of the biggest hits like90 day financing,Refresher,Gold rush, and more.
In addition to announcing the upcoming release of Max, some new upcoming HBO titles and projects were also revealed, includinga reboot of a Harry Potter TV show, the lastGame of Thronesspin-offA Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, and is called an interesting bounded seriesStatus, starring Kate Winslet.
And what's new for reality fans? From its producers90 day financingcomesLove & Translation, a new dating show where men and women find themselves together and find new ways to communicate since the women don't speak English. Max will also be the place to see the latest from Chip and Joanna GainesRefresherchallenge -The hotel.
What will happen to HBO Max and Discovery Plus?
While it initially planned to shut down Discovery Plus entirely, it was revealed in February 2023 that these plans had been abandoned.Discovery Plus will continue as a lower-cost stand-alone servicefor those customers who just want to continue their subscription to some great reality TV, with subscriptionsfrom $4.99 per month(opens in new tab).
HBO Max, on the other hand, will be replaced by Max starting May 23.
Are there any plans to launch Max in other countries?
Max will be released in the US on May 23rd. However, it has stated that it has plans to launch in more countries by the end of the year.
Considering that its predecessor, HBO Max, was available in Latin America and Scandinavian countries, including Norway, Sweden and Denmark, we imagine that these could be first on the list of Max's expansion.
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