In the Streaming Wars, Men Are From HBO Max, Women Are From Discovery+? – PCMag

A CableTV.com poll shows why a marriage between the streaming services is probably doomed.
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If you haven’t gotten a heart-stamped invite in the mail yet, we’re here to break the news to you that HBO Max and Discovery+ are getting married. Warner Media (the parent company of HBO Max) and Discovery merged to become Warner Bros. Discovery earlier this year, and their streaming services will become one next summer. For many, it’s a match made in hell
But to Warner Bros. Discovery, it’s right in line with gender norms. The company released a graphic that declared that HBO Max is “male skew” while Discovery+ is “female skew.” And just like that, the company showed it does not truly understand its audience. 
CableTV.com polled 500 people to see whether they bought into this gendered view(Opens in a new window). It asked, “Do you agree that HBO Max has a male skew?” and found that 56% disagreed, while 44% agreed. To the question, “Do you agree that Discovery+ has a female skew?” 64% disagreed; 36% agreed. 
Labeling most things as gender-skewed is ridiculous, especially so when it comes to TV shows and movies. And if one gets stereotypical for a minute and tries to see things from Warner Bros. Discovery’s point of view, it doesn’t even make sense. Top shows on HBO(Opens in a new window) include women-led shows such as The Flight Attendant and Hacks, and Discovery+’s top trending(Opens in a new window) includes Ghost Adventures and Deadliest Catch
This lack of insight between the two sides is what’s going to doom the relationship and create a streaming service that’s likely to fail. Because opposites do attract and can have strong partnerships, but not without communication and understanding—and clearly, HBO Max and Discovery+ haven’t put in the work.
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My title is Senior Features Writer, which is a license to write about absolutely anything if I can connect it to technology (I can). I’ve been at PCMag since 2011 and have covered the surveillance state, vaccination cards, ghost guns, voting, ISIS, art, fashion, film, design, gender bias, and more. You might have seen me on TV talking about these topics or heard me on your commute home on the radio or a podcast. Or maybe you’ve just seen my Bernie meme
I strive to explain topics that you might come across in the news but not fully understand, such as NFTs and meme stocks. I’ve had the pleasure of talking tech with Jeff Goldblum, Ang Lee, and other celebrities who have brought a different perspective to it. I put great care into writing gift guides and am always touched by the notes I get from people who’ve used them to choose presents that have been well-received. Though I love that I get to write about the tech industry every day, it’s touched by gender, racial, and socioeconomic inequality and I try to bring these topics to light. 
Outside of PCMag, I write fiction, poetry, humor, and essays on culture.
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