Discovery Warner Brothers It posted a big quarterly loss even as its direct-to-consumer segment posted a profit for the first time ever.

CEO David Zaslav said the company also expects DTC, or streaming business, to be profitable for 2023, a year earlier than its forecast.

First-quarter revenue was $10.7 billion, roughly in line with analyst estimates. The company reported a net loss of $1.1 billion and adjusted EBITDA of $2.6 billion.

Here’s what the company reported, versus analyst estimates, according to Refinitiv:

  • he won: 10.7 billion dollars, compared to the expected 10.78 billion dollars
  • share loss: 44 cents versus the expected 1 cent earnings

Like all major media companies, Warner Bros. Discovery is on streaming video as millions of Americans cancel traditional pay TV each year. The company finished the quarter with 97.6 million subscribers, up 1.6 million from last quarter.

The direct-to-consumer segment earned $50 million for the quarter.

Warner Bros. adds: Discovery is bringing Discovery+ content to HBO Max and relaunching the service as Max in the US later this month. Zaslav previously promised Its streaming business will break even by 2024 and be profitable by 2025. Zaslav has drastically cut content spending, including canceling shows and movies from Max, to jumpstart efforts to make the business profitable.

Warner Bros. lost. Discovery reported $930 million in free cash flow in the quarter, largely due to interest rate and sports media rights payments,

The company ended the fourth quarter with $49.5 billion in debt on its balance sheet and $2.6 billion in cash on hand. Warner Bros. is trying. Discovery boosted free cash flow by cutting back on spending, including laying off thousands of employees last year, to reduce its heavy debt burden.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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