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Warner Bros. Discovery Executive on Streaming Bundles

Warner Bros. Discovery Executive on Streaming Bundles

The reinvention of the streaming model was in focus at a London conference on Tuesday, with Andrew Georgiou, president and managing director of Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) U.K. & Ireland and WBD Sports Europe, Amazon‘s Prime Video U.K. managing director Chris Bird, Roku country manager Richard Halton, and Arqiva CEO Shuja Khan joining a panel discussion on the topic moderated by BAFTA CEO Jane Millichip.

Speaking at Deloitte’s Media & Telecoms 2024 and Beyond Conference, Georgiou reiterated WBD’s guidance that it will hit a $1 billion streaming profit in 2025, with 125 million-plus subscribers. After the industry’s initial focus on “subscriber growth at all costs,” he said that for WBD and others it is now all about “how do we get to a scaled global streaming business that is profitable.” He added: “As a business, we say, by the end of next year, we are $1 billion profitable with 125 million-plus subscribers, so we have a high degree of confidence.”

The bundling of services can help with customer retention, given a rate of churn reaching 30 percent in the U.S. and elsewhere, Georgiou said, with consumers rotating in and out of various services. “That phenomenon in the U.K. and other markets is a huge cost of business and reducing that churn, increasing engagement and reducing the cost of winback is something that we all need.”

He also argued that “Netflix is probably the mainstay of the streaming bundle.”

He also mentioned that WBD streamer Max will “hopefully” launch in the U.K. in 2026. Currently, Comcast’s Sky has a deal for HBO content in the country.

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