Despair not, Westworld followers. The sci-fi epic is returning to streaming after it was pulled from HBO Max on the finish of final yr. Quickly viewers will be capable of stream the present free of charge.
Proprietor Warner Bros. Discovery has licensed Westworld and several other different reveals together with The Nevers, Raised by Wolves, FBoy Island, and Legendary to stream on free, ad-supported channels operated by Roku and Tubi. David Decker, president of content material gross sales for Warner Bros. Discovery, known as the offers a part of the corporate’s plan to “carry our priceless content material to followers throughout the nation.” The corporate can also be working to develop its personal free, ad-supported streaming service, which might stay alongside the paid streamer it plans to launch this summer season to mix content material from HBO Max and Discovery+.
HBO’s shocking choice to cancel Westworld in November after 4 seasons—and its subsequent elimination from HBO Max—was one in all a string of cost-cutting strikes enacted by CEO David Zaslav final yr following the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery. Zaslav and his staff started pulling authentic motion pictures and TV reveals, together with The Witches, An American Pickle, and Appeal Metropolis Kings, from HBO Max final July and August. The cuts continued by way of the tip of the yr, when along with Westworld, originals together with Minx, Love Life, and Gordita Chronicles had been canceled and pulled from streaming. On the time, the corporate stated it will make a few of these reveals accessible once more through free, ad-supported channels.
Tubi stated that on February 1 it’s going to begin including greater than 2,000 hours of Warner Bros. Discovery programming to its platform. That features a channel known as WB TV Sequence that includes episodes of Westworld, Raised by Wolves, and The Time Traveler’s Spouse. A WB TV Actuality channel will embrace episodes from Legendary, FBoy Island, and Discovering Magic Mike, and a WB TV Household channel will characteristic such sequence as Head of the Class. As a part of the deal, Tubi may also add Warner Bros. motion pictures and on-demand Discovery programming to its lineup. Roku will introduce Warner Bros.–branded channels to the Roku Channel starting this spring.
A number of HBO Max originals that had been owned by exterior studios had been neglected of the bulletins from Tubi and Roku. Minx, as an example, was canceled at HBO Max because it ready to wrap manufacturing on its second season, and producer Lionsgate TV was anticipated to buy the Jake Johnson–led mission to different networks. Critically adored coming-of-age comedy Gordita Chronicles is owned by Sony.