Changes at the streaming services, explained

What the heck is going on at HBO Max?

The streaming service, the home of prestigious HBO TV shows, Warner Bros. and DC Comics films, along with original series like “Sex and the City” revival “And Just Like That,” is going through some major changes this week, as its new owner plots a new strategy for the streamer and its affiliated entertainment brands, including Warner Bros. movie studios, TBS, TNT and CNN.

But why are movies like “Batgirl” getting the ax? Why are shows like “Fixer Upper” going to stream alongside “The Sopranos” and “FBoy Island”? We explain why the popular streaming services, which currently has 74 million subscribers, is undergoing a makeover.

Why is HBO Max changing at all?

HBO Max is the streaming service started by the company formerly known as WarnerMedia, which included premium cable channel HBO, but also programming from cable networks including TBS, TNT and CNN and the Warner Bros. film studio. WarnerMedia was formerly owned by AT&T, but the conglomerate announced in 2021 that it would spin off WarnerMedia and merge it with Discovery, a company that includes networks like Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, and streaming service Discovery +. The merger became official in April, and the new company is now called Warner Bros. Discovery.

The deal put HBO Max under new management, with its own ideas about what HBO Max should be.

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What Discovery shows are coming to HBO Max? Magnolia and more

HBO Max is getting a big addition from its new corporate cousin: Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network.

HBO Max announced Thursday that “select content” from Magnolia, currently available to stream on Discovery +, will arrive on HBO Max Sept. 30, including “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home,” “Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines,” “The Lost Kitchen,” “Growing Floret, Family Dinner with Andrew Zimmern,” “Restoration Road with Clint Harp,” “Maine Cabin Masters” and all five seasons of the original “Fixer Upper.” The Gaines’ latest series, “Fixer Upper: The Castle,” will premiere concurrently on Magnolia Network, HBO Max and Discovery + on Oct. 14.

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What about Warner Bros. movies on HBO Max?

On Wednesday news broke that Warner Bros. had axed a planned and mostly completed “Batgirl” film that was scheduled to premiere on the service, as well as “Scoob !: Holiday Haunt,” previously due this holiday season.

In addition to the canceled films, fans and reporters noticed Thursday that six HBO Max original movies had been removed from the platform, including “Moonshot,” starring Cole Sprouse, and Lana Condor and Seth Rogen’s “American Pickle.” (The titles are still available to purchase from video on demand sites).

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