New York Post
HBO IS ‘PRIMED’ TO LOSE
Eyes 5M exodus
HBO is expected to lose 5 million subscribers when it leaves Amazon Prime Video’s streaming platform, according to a report.
Amazon sent messages to subscribers earlier this month that said HBO subscriptions would be canceled on Sept. 15, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Users would get a pro-rated refund based on their last billing cycle.
HBO, which is known for hit shows such as “Succession,” and “Game of Thrones,” is expected to provide a special offer to Amazon subscribers after their subscriptions are canceled, the publication said, citing an unnamed WarnerMedia executive.
A rep for the WarnerMediaowned HBO did not return requests for comment from The Post, nor did Amazon.
Before the cancellation, Prime users were able to individually subscribe to HBO on the channel’s platform for $15 a month. The platform has been a big success for Amazon, which gets to offer its customers popular shows from HBO, Showtime, Starz and Sundance TV within its existing app provided customers pay an additional fee.
But that changed after WarnerMedia and Amazon struck a deal late last year to remove HBO from Amazon Channels in 2021.
The reason why is because WarnerMedia wanted HBO Max, which includes movies and shows from HBO, to become the main service for subscribers, so that the company could control its billing and interface rather than Amazon.
In order to ween off HBO consumers from the Amazon platform, HBO Max was offered as a stand-alone app on Amazon Fire TV devices. Existing users who bought HBO subscriptions through Prime Video’s channels platform were also given access to HBO Max at no additional cost. The hope was that those customers will transition to HBO Max.
Now, those HBO users will have to download HBO Max on Amazon Fire TV or other streaming devices and set up a new subscription.
Since it launched in May 2020, HBO Max has become the focus for WarnerMedia, as the service tries to keep pace with streaming giants such as Netflix and Disney.
In July, the company said HBO Max had nearly 68 million global subscribers, but that’s including customers from HBO. And that’s far behind Netflix and Disney+, which have 209 million and 104 million global subscribers, respectively.
Even so, WarnerMedia execs have said they expect some subscriber drop-off once HBO exited Amazon.