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HBO removes Max Looney Tunes shorts, Flintstones episodes

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Warner Bros. Discovery’s purging of HBO Max content continues with a year-end cut of classic “Looney Tunes” shorts and a bucketful of “The Flintstones” episodes.

As of December 31, HBO Max has removed seasons 16-31 of the original “Looney Tunes” library, diversity The definitive service still has “Looney Tunes” seasons 1-15, which includes 255 shorts from 1930 to 1949. Deleted shorts were released between 1950-2004, including “What’s Opera, Doc?”, “Feed the Kitty,” “The Rabbit of Seville,” “Duck Amuck,” and “One Froggy Evening,” as noted by Vulture. Done

Also, HBO Max has pulled seasons 4-6 of “The Flintstones,” a total of 78 episodes. The first three seasons of Hanna-Barbera Classic are still available on the service.

“Looney Tunes” and “Flintstones” content was licensed from Warner Bros. to HBO Max under an intra-company agreement. Those expire at the end of 2022 and HBO Max hasn’t renewed the contracts, as it looks to cut content costs. It’s unclear whether “Looney Tunes” and “Flintstones” content no longer on HBO Max will be available on other platforms.

HBO Max’s “Looney Tunes” shorts were removed Report December 31 via a Twitter account called The Cartoon News. Account on Monday said The “Looney Tunes” clips have been “temporarily removed due to a maintenance check to fix Photoshop titles” and claims that “they will return to HBO Max soon.” A source familiar with HBO Max reported this information diversity That “Looney Tunes” shorts will not, in fact, return to service.

Since Discovery’s acquisition of WarnerMedia to form Warner Bros. Discovery, the company has made a series of content cutbacks aimed at reducing costs. This includes the cancellation of HBO Max’s original series “Minx” (opposed to its Season 2 renewal) and HBO’s “The Nevers.” Earlier in the year, HBO Max dropped multiple movie titles and original series and 200 old “Sesame Street” episodes. All told, WBD said last month, the merger could result in the company incurring up to $3.5 billion in material impairment and development write-off charges.

Also, Warner Bros. Discovery announced plans to remove several shows from HBO Max — including “Westworld,” “The Nevers,” “Raised by Wolves,” “Fboy Island,” “Legendary,” “Finding Magic Mike,” “Head Class” and “The Time Traveller’s Wife” — to license them to third-party free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) partners.

At the same time, Warner Bros. Discovery is preparing a merged HBO Max-Discovery+ platform, which will debut in the US in spring 2023. The company has yet to announce pricing, packaging or details on the name (though “Max is among the contenders).


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