After the merger between Warner Bros. and Discovery, more than three billion US dollars are to be saved.
HBO wants to cut costs in Europe.
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Warner Bros. and Discovery merge. In order for this deal to be profitable, both companies want to save a total of three billion US dollars. The streaming services HBO Max and discovery+ are also feeling the effects. As Variety reports this week, HBO Max original shows are no longer being produced and commissioned due to austerity measures in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Central Europe, the Netherlands and Turkey. The streaming service also plans to remove content in some countries to allow for licensing deals in others.
Popular series will be removed from the offer
“As part of this process, we have decided to remove a limited number of original programming from HBO Max and to end our efforts to bring original programming to HBO Max in the Nordics and Central Europe. We have also halted our development activities in the newer areas of the Netherlands and Turkey that had started last year.”
it says in a statement. The most popular international series on the streaming service include the Swedish comedy Lust and the Danish drama Kamikaze. They will be removed from the streaming service along with the Hungarian drama The Informant.
HBO Max not yet available in Germany
The series and films whose production has already been commissioned or started are said to be completed. However, there is a chance that they will not air on HBO Max but will be sold to other platforms. Industry experts also expect layoffs in Europe. However, Warner Bros. Discovery has not yet made a corresponding announcement. HBO Max is not yet available in Germany.
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