HBO Max Breaks Streaming Rule by Pulling Original Series

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Warner Bros. tests the waters with the removal of the original series from HBO Max. Streaming services have traditionally kept their original series on their platforms indefinitely.

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However, Warner Bros. Discovery is removing several original series, including Westworld, from HBO Max.

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The move allows Warner to avoid paying residuals to cast and crew and is part of a broader effort to turn a profit in streaming.

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It is possible that other streaming services may follow suit in order to increase profitability.

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Paramount has faced criticism for shifting more content onto its own platform, Paramount+.

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Meanwhile, Sony has remained profitable by selling its movies and shows to the highest bidder.

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The stability of streaming catalogs may become more uncertain as the industry becomes more cost-conscious.

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