HBO Max, the next streaming service to see a price hike, is its first since it launched in 2020. A new HBO Max subscription will cost $14.99 to $15.99 each month starting Thursday. Existing subscribers will pay the new price with their next billing cycle “on or after” February 11th.
“This price increase of one dollar will allow us to continue to invest in providing even more culture-defining programming and improving our customer experience for all users,” HBO Max wrote in a press email.
While Netflix’s creeping price hikes have accumulated over several years, in recent months, many streaming services raised prices as they try to prove to investors that they can build viable businesses.
But with HBO Max’s many recent content removals, including Westworld and hundreds of classic cartoons and Sesame Street episodes, this price increase stings just a bit extra, as you’re now paying a little more for a lot less content. The ad-supported plan will retain its $9.99 per monthly cost.
WarnerMedia merged with Discovery last April, and the combined companies now have a $30 billion market cap — half of the $60 billion they rated immediately after combining. Warner Bros. spoke at a recent conference. Discovery CEO David Zaslav noted that “it’s going to be hard” to meet the company’s 2023 earnings forecast of $12 billion, according to CNBC, and this price increase could help close some of that gap.
The merger of Discovery Plus and HBO Max is expected to take place this spring. It will be called Max.