The Disappearing HBO Max Content Might Begin With Major Changes

The Disappearing HBO Max Content Might Begin With Major Changes ...

Despite a wide range of rights, and a steady stream of new content, change is a constant on almost every single streaming service. Its why we devote entire columns to what's coming and going from the major platforms, but some recent tweaks to the HBO Maxs lineup have sucked away. It looks like they're probably correct, though what exactly that means is absolutely misguided.

Some users noticed some cartoon content from Cartoon Network which included Final Space. Eventually, other users discovered Chad and Snowpiercer, which they thought were genuine, and many took to social media to question what happened. HBO Max responded but in a generic manner on social media.

Thank you for your interest in HBO Max content. As we collaborated to bring HBO Max and discovery+, were making some modifications to our services. Part of that process involves the removal of select content.

What's going on with any of the above missing shows is unresolveable. There are a lot of reasons random content disappears from a service, but there isn't always a bigger agenda behind it. Just because TNT has the authority to broadcast a specific show on television does not necessarily mean they have the right to permanently include it in its parent company's streaming service.

There is evidently a lot of smoke here, and that smoking has only gotten thicker and more noticeable since Vulture dropped an extensive write-up late last month on long-term plans for HBO Max. Sources said the cable channel is anticipating major improvements for the platform as it merges with Discovery. Everything from a name change to a complete redesign of its theater distribution model are reportedly on the table.

The outlet claims that David Zaslav, the executive who was hired to operate the new combined streaming service, is a big believer in the theatrical window. Weve already seen one DC film that was scheduled to go directly to streaming cancelled, and theres reportedly a new guide that any movie that is intended to be straight to streaming should have a budget of less than $35 million, and those could even hit theaters for 45 days before appearing on the service.

Although many people are aware of what the strategy is going forward, I believe this change will come when HBO Max and Discovery+ combine into one platform. Regardless of what follows, there will be a ton of content that appeals to a wide audience, and it may not be a success for HBO Max and Discovery+, as well as the various networks it owns. However, as Disney splits its content between Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, it may not make sense to keep all of it on the streaming service