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Why Streaming Services Drop Your Favorite Shows—From ‘Westworld’ To The ‘The Office’— And Where To Find Them Now

20 December, 2022

HBO Max this month dropped Joss Whedon’s The Nevers, Westworld, which had also been canceled, Minx, which was renewed for another season, and Love Life which has yet to be picked up for another one, among other shows.

The removal of shows is not something new, as the streaming platform quietly removed 36 titles, 20 of which were originals, back in August as the pending Warner Bros. (which owns HBO) merger with Discovery loomed.

“Keeping titles on a platform comes with a cost,” Julia Alexander, director of strategy at Parrot Analytics, told CNN Business. “Does a title bring in more value to the platform than its cost? If the answer is no, and especially if that title is a low engagement title, which many of these are, then removing titles can benefit a company’s bottom line.”

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