What’s going on with HBO Max? Here’s what we know so far.

Throughout the week, unconfirmed reports and speculation about potentially drastic cuts to HBO Max have left viewers and subscribers panicking about the future of the streaming platform, its famous original shows, and its bountiful back catalog.

Then came the news on Tuesday that the leaders have deleted the movie “Batgirl” ― recently filmed for release only on HBO Max ― with no plans to make it available for viewing anywhere. HBO Max subscribers also noticed some of the platform’s original films disappeared in the last few days.

This is all the result of HBO Max parent company WarnerMedia recently completing its merger with Discovery. The company has reduced programming for several of its brands, including CNN+ comes to an abrupt end just a few weeks after launch; TBS cuts much of its comedy programming; and HBO Max deprioritizing its kids and family shows, like cancellation of “Gordita Chronicles”.

However, various announcements on Thursday suggested that the future of HBO Max, which may be the best overall streaming platform in terms of the quality of its original shows, may not be as dire as feared – at least for the moment.

During a company earnings call on Thursday, executives announced plans to combine HBO Max with Discovery’s streaming service Discovery+, with the aim of launching the new service in the United States in the summer of 2023. .

Earlier today, the company announced that select shows from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network, which is part of Discovery, will be available on HBO Max starting September 1. 30. The platform will feature a special Magnolia Network content page, including all five seasons of “Fixer Upper,” “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home,” “Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines,” and “Family Dinner with Andrew Zimmern.” The shows will also still be available on Discovery+.

In a similar vein, several CNN shows will also be available on Discovery+ starting August 1. 19, including “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”, “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy”, “United Shades of America” ​​by W. Kamau Bell and “This Is Life” by Lisa Ling. More CNN shows will gradually be added to Discovery+ in a special hub page, after they air on CNN.

During the earnings call, JB Perrette, the company’s head of global streaming, said this “content sharing” will continue to be part of the company’s streaming strategy before the new combined service is ready to go live. be launched.

He also said the company was exploring different subscription and pricing tiers, including an ad-supported free tier, with more details to be announced later this year.

Asked by an investor about rumors of HBO Max being “gutted”, CEO David Zaslav dismissed the idea and said the company would continue to spend on HBO Max, calling it an “awesome asset”.