Not great news for fans of Turkish TV shows. Digital platform HBO Max has halted original production in Turkey and will not enter the Turkish media market this fall. What happened?
The opening of HBO Max, which was scheduled for this fall, was to follow after Disney Plus entered the Turkish market. Preparations have already begun for the filming of the first Turkish HBO Max series starring “Blind Spot / Kor Noktasi”. Nejat ler And Aslahan Gurbuz. However, soon information came that the filming of the project, which was supposed to start in July, was postponed.
Variety magazine reported that digital platform HBO Max has ceased production of the original show in Europe due to a major restructuring. The platform will no longer produce original series in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland), Central Europe, the Netherlands and Turkey, and will remove some content. At the same time, Warner Bros.’s management reaffirms its commitment to growth in new markets and promises to increase purchases of local media content.
The company appears to have set its eyes on developing a new WBD platform that will merge Discovery+ and HBO Max, so it has been decided not to develop HBO Max separately. And it is quite a fair decision, as the old platform will be superseded by the new one within the next two years. Thus, Turkish viewers will have to wait a few more years when the new media giant WBD appears in the Turkish market, becoming a worthy competitor to Netflix and Disney.