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AT&T killed off the HBO Max bundle in its highest-priced limitless wi-fi plan – TechCrunch


Telecommunications supplier AT&T quietly dropped HBO Max as a bundled perk for brand spanking new AT&T prospects on its high limitless wi-fi plan, AT&T Limitless Premium. The corporate launched the brand new plan this week, which changed Limitless Elite. AT&T confirmed the brand new plan doesn’t embody the streaming service however didn’t present an in depth clarification relating to its choice.

“HBO Max is a superb service, however we continually experiment with the options we provide our prospects to present them the perfect worth,” AT&T spokesman Jim Greer instructed TechCrunch.

The bundling of HBO Max with AT&T’s wi-fi plans helped acquire prospects and persuade present subscribers to change to the higher-priced plan. Now that the Warner Bros. Discovery mega-merger has closed, AT&T now not owns HBO Max, subsequently, has no motive to maintain giving shoppers the perk. With this week’s transfer, AT&T now not has a video streaming companion for its principal wi-fi service.

It is very important word that present prospects who have already got an Limitless Elite plan will proceed to obtain HBO Max for no extra cost. Additionally, AT&T’s Cricket Wi-fi model, the corporate’s pay as you go provider, nonetheless presents the ad-supported model of HBO Max included with its $60 per 30 days limitless plan.

Beforehand, the AT&T Limitless Elite wi-fi plan supplied HBO Max for no additional cost. Though AT&T Limitless Premium is not going to supply free HBO Max, the plan will embody 50 gigabytes (up from 40GB per 30 days) of high-speed hotspot knowledge and begins at $50 per 30 days per line if you get 4 strains.

Earlier than the launch of the streaming service HBO Max, the provider had used to present HBO without cost in a few of its limitless plans going again to 2017.

WarnerMedia had been dragging down AT&T’s total earnings and reported that for Q1 2022, WarnerMedia’s working earnings was $1.3 billion, down 32.7% year-over-year. AT&T mentioned that the decline was largely a results of elevated “investments incurred in launching CNN+ and increasing new territories at HBO Max.” CNN+ was then shuttered a month after its launch.

As of the top of March, HBO Max and HBO had 76.8 million whole subscribers worldwide, a 3 million quarterly internet acquire.

AT&T’s rivals T-Cell and Verizon have additionally used the technique of bundling streaming companies. Since 2017, T-Cell has supplied free subscriptions to Netflix (“Netflix on Us”) with a few of its choices and now presents a free yr of Paramount+ Necessities and Apple TV+ for a number of of its plans as properly.

Verizon presents the Disney Bundle (Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu) at no extra cost with a few of its higher-priced limitless plans. It has beforehand supplied a free yr of Discovery+.

Originally of March, Verizon introduced +Play, a content material and leisure hub that enables Verizon prospects to handle subscriptions throughout leisure, music, gaming, and extra multi function platform. In April, the corporate introduced that HBO Max could be a companion in that service. A full launch of +Play shall be coming later this yr.

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