Discovery Plus Bundle
Discovery Inc. and Warner Media merged, and the plan is to combine Discovery Plus into HBO Max.
Warner Bros. Discovery plans to rollout its HBO Max and Discovery+ combined platform in summer 2023. There have already been some bumps in the transition, including movies and shows removed from HBO Max and sexist internal messaging.
But if you’re interested in the potential savings of the unified HBO Max and Discovery+, here’s how we think that might shake out based on the current competition.
Is there a bundle with Discovery Plus?
There is not a Discovery+ bundle, and there are no plans for one. Instead, when Discovery Inc. and WarnerMedia (parent company of HBO Max) finalize a merger in April, the new company—Warner Bros. Discovery—will combine Discovery+ into HBO Max. But that’ll pretty much be a Discovery+ bundle, anyway.
How much will HBO Max with Discovery Plus cost?
SHOWTIME and Paramount Plus plan and bundle pricing
The SHOWTIME/Paramount+ bundle price is a 25%–29% discount compared to the combined à la carte prices for both services.
Discovery Plus/HBO Max bundle pricing (hypothetical)
* Have we mentioned this is purely hypothetical?
Let’s suppose that the new, expanded HBO Max with Discovery+ is priced to compete with the SHOWTIME/Paramount+ bundle. That would entail adding the regular prices of HBO Max and Discovery+, then discounting the total by 25%–29%.
That would put the new HBO Max —theoretically—at $11.24 a month with ads and $15.61 per month without ads. We’ll round to the nearest $0.99 and call it $10.99 and $15.99 a month, respectively.
But, to be clear: Don’t expect those figures to be the actual prices for HBO Max with Discovery+. We’ll post actual pricing as soon as Warner Bros. Discovery makes it public.
What other streaming bundles are available?
At this writing, there are only four streaming service bundles. Here’s the lowdown on each of them.
Compare streaming bundles head to head
|AMC+||$8.99/mo.||Full access to AMC+, BBC America, IFC, IFC Films Unlimited, Sundance Now, Shudder, and The Walking Dead Universe||View Plans|
|The Disney Bundle||$13.99–$19.99/mo.||Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+||View Plans|
|Hulu + Live TV, Disney+, ESPN+||$72.99–$78.99/mo.||Hulu + Live TV (70+ channels), Disney+, and ESPN+||View Plans|
|SHOWTIME / Paramount+ Bundle||$11.99–$14.99/mo.||SHOWTIME, Paramount+||View Plans|
With AMC+ ($8.99 a month), the plus sign signifies that you get on-demand content from AMC plus BBC America, IFC Films Unlimited, Sundance Now, Shudder, and The Walking Dead Universe.
This is a fantastic deal because, if you went à la carte, Shudder, IFC Films Unlimited, and Sundance Now would cost $18.97 a month—and that wouldn’t include content from AMC and BBC America.
The Disney Bundles
There are two bundles to talk about here. The Disney Bundle (also sometimes called the Hulu Bundle) includes Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ for $13.99 a month with ads or $19.99 a month without ads. It’s all on-demand content, and there’s no cloud DVR, but you’ll get two simultaneous streams.
The other bundle adds 70+ live channels to the on-demand buffet with Hulu + Live TV, Disney+, and ESPN+ for $72.99 a month (with ads) or $78.99 a month (without ads). The plan also includes 50 hours of cloud DVR storage and two streams.
The SHOWTIME/Paramount+ bundle ($11.99 a month with ads or $14.99 without) includes two live SHOWTIME feeds (East Coast and West Coast) and four other live channels: your live local CBS feed, the CBS News Streaming Network, CBS Sports HQ, and ET Live.
That’s all in addition to both the SHOWTIME and Paramount+ on-demand libraries. It’s almost as good a deal as HBO Max—until it adds the Discovery+ library, of course.
While there won’t be a Discovery+ bundle, combining the reality TV streaming service into HBO Max under Warner Bros. Discovery’s net is basically the same thing. You’ll get both services’ massive on-demand libraries for—we speculate—cheaper than it would cost for à la carte subscription to both services.
For this article, we researched streaming TV industry news and existing streaming bundles’ pricing and catalogs, and applied some educated speculation, to tell our readers whether or not to expect a Discovery+ bundle. To learn more about our process, see our “How We Rank” page.