HBO Max Offers 30% Discount While Also Cutting 36 Titles This Week

HBO Max Offers 30% Discount While Also Cutting 36 Titles This Week

The gutting reportedly includes 20 HBO Max original titles, 2 HBO originals, and several acquired properties.

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HBO Max is turning into a shell of its former self, bit by bloody bit.
HBO Max is turning into a shell of its former self, bit by bloody bit.
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The world is currently mourning the unclear future of one of the great streaming services—HBO Max—amidst its ongoing merger with Discovery+. This week, HBO Max is reportedly removing 36 titles from the streaming service, including 20 of its own productions, which is the largest dump in recent history.

HBO Max is widely regarded as a streaming service with a portfolio of exceptional quality content—see shows like Our Flag Means Death, Euphoria, and Peacemaker, for example. When head of Warner Bros. Discovery David Zaslav announced earlier this month that HBO Max would merge with Discovery+, fans were rightly concerned about what could happen to some of their most beloved content. The blood bath of axed content began a few weeks ago as shows like Snowpiercer and movies like Moonshot were pulled from HBO Max, and this week the streamer is dumping 36 titles—the largest purge we’ve seen so far—according to a report from Variety.

“As we work toward bringing our content catalogs together under one platform, we will be making changes to the content offering available on both HBO Max and discovery+,” HBO Max says, as quoted by Variety. “That will include the removal of some content from both platforms.”

20 of these titles are HBO Max originals, and are primarily unscripted reality/talk shows or animation series. HBO Max removing their own content is a bit of a paradox as they’ll be unavailable on the platform that they were created for with no clear indication of where they’re headed—if anywhere. This has understandably upset some series creators, like Summer Camp Island creator Julia Pott, who tweeted: “Animation is not nothing!”

When Gizmodo asked HBO Max why the service is removing their own content, they explained in a statement that: “[W]e’re already starting to bring our content catalogs together like the launch of the new CNN Originals Hub on discovery+ and a curated collection of Magnolia Network content coming soon to HBO Max.” It’s a promising quote, indicating that this content will likely shuffle to a new service, but in the meantime these shows are in limbo. Until they find a new home, here’s a list of some of the HBO Max murders that hurt the most, followed by all 36 titles that will be removed from the service.

While the pulling of these shows isn’t great news for their loyal viewers, it appears the streaming service does want to keep viewership up. On Thursday, HBO Max launched a limited-time discount for both new and returning customers. The offer would mean over 40% in savings when they prepay for a yearly subscription plan by October 30.

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Genera+ion

Genera+ion

GENERATION Trailer (2021) Justice Smith, Drama Series
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About Last Night

About Last Night

About Last Night | Official Trailer | HBO Max
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12 Dates of Christmas

12 Dates of Christmas

12 Dates of Christmas | Official Trailer | HBO Max
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Aquaman: King of Atlantis

Aquaman: King of Atlantis

Aquaman: King of Atlantis | Official Trailer | HBO Max
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Infinity Train

Infinity Train

Infinity Train Book 4 | Official Trailer | HBO Max
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Summer Camp Island

Summer Camp Island

Summer Camp Island | Full Trailer | HBO Max Family
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Close Enough

Close Enough

Close Enough | Official Trailer | HBO Max
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My Mom, Your Dad

My Mom, Your Dad

My Mom, Your Dad | Official Trailer | HBO Max
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The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo

The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo

The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo Official Trailer | HBO Max
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Theodosia

Theodosia

Theodosia | Official Trailer | HBO Max Family
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All Titles Being Removed

All Titles Being Removed

HBO Max Originals

  • 12 Dates of Christmas
  • About Last Night
  • Aquaman: King of Atlantis
  • Close Enough
  • Ellen’s Next Great Designer
  • Esme & Roy
  • The Fungies!
  • Generation
  • Generation Hustle
  • Infinity Train
  • Little Ellen
  • My Mom, Your Dad
  • Odo
  • Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness
  • Summer Camp Island
  • The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo
  • The Runaway Bunny
  • Theodosia
  • Tig n’ Seek
  • Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs”

HBO Originals

  • My Dinner with Herve
  • Share

Cartoon Network Titles

  • Dodo
  • Elliott From Earth
  • Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart
  • Mighty Magiswords
  • OK K.O.! – Let’s Be Heroes
  • Uncle Grandpa
  • Victor and Valentino

Titles Acquired by HBO Max

  • Detention Adventure
  • Messy Goes to Okido
  • Mia’s Magic Playground
  • The Ollie & Moon Show
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
  • Make It Big, Make It Small
  • Squish
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