Warner Bros. Discovery debuted a 24/7 stream on Max last week, providing streaming service members with additional access to CNN programming without the need for a live TV provider like DIRECTV or DIRECTV STREAM.

DIRECTV is now retaliating, informing Warner Bros. Discovery that streaming CNN on Max could breach the company’s contract with DIRECTV.

CNN on Max features a lot of content from CNN’s cable version, including primetime. With this debut, there will be new programs available only to max subscribers, such as “CNN Newsroom with Jim Acosta, Rahel Solomon, Amara Walker, and Fredricka Whitfield,” and “CNN Newsroom with Jim Sciutto.” There is additional CNN content such as “Amanpour,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” and others. According to The New York Times, DIRECTV has now sent a letter to Warner Bros. Discovery indicating that this may be a breach of contract.

Later this month, Warner Bros. Discovery will begin live-streaming TBS and TNT sporting events. This is likely to irritate its DIRECTV partners. This means Max members will be able to watch March Madness without using a subscription like DIRECTV. Something that will most likely irritate cable corporations.

The Bleacher Report tier will be live on October 5, 2023, and will be free for all customers until February 29, 2024. Following that, the add-on will cost $9.99 per month and will be available on all levels. Live games from the MLB, NHL, NBA, US Soccer, the NCAA March Madness tournament, and other sports will be included in the package. With this free preview available to all paying Max users, you will be able to watch the majority of the 2023-2024 NBA season as well as the MLB playoffs. This includes all games shown on TNT and TBS.

The question now is how far DIRECTV will take this dispute. Spectrum recently demonstrated a willingness to remove Disney-owned channels in favor of Disney’s streaming endeavors. As a result, Disney agreed to remove several Disney channels from Spectrum. DIRECTV expressed its support for Spectrum’s decision, raising the issue of whether a similar battle between DIRECTV and Warner Bros. Discovery is on the horizon.

Cord Cutters News contacted DIRECTV and Warner Bros. Discovery, but no one was available at the time of publication.


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