Live Sports on Max, and the Inevitable All-In-One App
The Town with Matthew Belloni
Thu, October 5, 2023
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Adding Sports to HBO Max: A Game Changer for Warner Discovery's Streaming Service

Warner Discovery is making a strategic move to expand its direct-to-consumer streaming business by adding sports to its popular streaming service, HBO Max. This decision aims to attract a wider audience, particularly younger viewers who have either cut the cord or never had cable in the first place. Unlike Netflix, HBO Max will now offer sports content, which is seen as a game changer in the streaming industry.

Not only does this move benefit Warner Discovery's streaming service, but it also adds value to cable carriers' bundles, making it a win-win situation. Cable providers are supportive of this integration as it helps them reach a broader audience and enhance their offerings. In fact, Warner Discovery is open to collaborating with cable providers to streamline billing and upsell their customers.

Furthermore, the addition of sports to HBO Max is expected to play a significant role in the negotiation for the renewal of NBA rights. This move demonstrates Warner Discovery's commitment to expanding its sports content and securing partnerships with major sports leagues.

In addition to sports, HBO Max has also successfully launched CNN on its platform. The audience growth during breaking news events has been positive, indicating the success of this integration.

On a different note, the highly anticipated reboot of the horror franchise, The Exorcist, is set to open with an estimated $31-32 million. While this figure falls slightly below expectations, it will determine whether two sequels will be produced for Peacock or theaters. The performance of The Exorcist reboot will be closely watched by fans and industry insiders alike.

With the addition of sports content, Warner Discovery is poised to strengthen its position in the streaming market and attract a wider range of viewers. The future of HBO Max looks promising as it continues to evolve and adapt to the changing landscape of the entertainment industry.

Original Show Notes
Matt is joined by JB Perrette, president and CEO of global streaming and games at Warner Bros. Discovery, to discuss WBD's simulcasting live sports option on its streaming platform, Max; why they're doing this; growing direct to consumer without turning their back on linear channels; where the future of live sports is; maintaining a relationship with cable carriers; how this will affect Warner Bros. Discovery's bid for NBA rights; and more. Matt finishes the show with a prediction for the opening weekend of 'The Exorcist: Believer.' For a 20 percent discount on Matt’s Hollywood insider newsletter, ‘What I’m Hearing ...,’ click here. Email us your thoughts! Host: Matt Belloni Guest: JB Perrette Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez Theme Song: Devon Renaldo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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