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.
However, Warner Bros. Discovery is removing several original series, including Westworld, from HBO Max.
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.
It is possible that other streaming services may follow suit in order to increase profitability.
Paramount has faced criticism for shifting more content onto its own platform, Paramount+.
Meanwhile, Sony has remained profitable by selling its movies and shows to the highest bidder.
The stability of streaming catalogs may become more uncertain as the industry becomes more cost-conscious.