The government won’t stand in the way of the planned merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery. The $43-billion deal will create a massive media titan that could result in major fallout for streaming consumers.
It seems inevitable that we are going to see some kind of bundle package along the lines of Disney. An HBO Max-CNN+-discovery+ combo seems likely.
It’s unclear if that bundle would be able to include streaming rights for NBA & NHL games on TNT or baseball on TBS.
A 3-service package would seem to offer something for the whole family, from news to light entertainment to prestige dramas and blockbuster films. The company would likely price aggressively to undercut Disney’s bundle and supercharge growth.
Expect bundles and pricing fluctuations as the company balances growth with profit.