The acclaimed sci-fi western TV show Westworld remains popular even after its fourth and final season, with a devoted viewer base and people discovering the series for the first time.
Although you used to be able to watch the show on HBO Max, it has been removed from the platform. The good news is that it’s on other streaming services, including Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, and Hulu!
In this post we’ll be looking at:
- Why the show was removed from HBO Max
- Other streaming services that offer the show
Let’s get into it!
Why Was Westworld Removed From HBO Max?
There are a wide variety of reasons why Westworld was removed from HBO Max, which are also generally applicable to other streaming services and shows.
Streaming services must typically pay residual fees to the cast and crew for as long as they hold a show or movie on their platform.
As a result, if there isn’t enough revenue coming in, services look for shows they can cut to reduce their operating costs. This often means that they cut older or less popular shows.
Striving for an Improved Financial Outlook
At present, there’s a merger occurring between two arms of Warner Media. As part of this merger, they’re looking to cut costs – and one way this can be achieved is by removing certain shows in order to receive specific tax breaks.
As a result, removing the shows makes good financial sense for the company.
Where Can You Watch Westworld?
Fans with an HBO Max subscription are out of luck if they’re aiming to catch another episode of the sci-fi western classic.
That raises a logical next question: where can you watch the series?
Prime Video is Amazon’s companion video streaming service which offers a wide variety of shows, including Westworld!
It carries both TV shows and movies and is also host to the new Lord of the Rings saga Rings of Power, which could be attractive for those who want to indulge in some fantasy alongside their sci-fi.
The streaming service has a fee of $8.99 per month, making it reasonably inexpensive. However, it isn’t available in every country.
However, Westworld needs to be purchased on Prime Video, with each episode costing $3.99 apiece or $12.99 for a whole season.
Vudu is a slightly different kind of streaming service that still offers a wide range of shows, including Westworld.
Rather than a monthly fee, you’ll be charged per series or film you choose to watch, which makes it a bit like an online video store.
This means that you’ll be able to manage your spending a lot better, as you’ll only be paying for what you want.
However, it also means it’s a bit more expensive — each season of Westworld at the time of writing costs between $22.99 and $24.99, which is probably a bit more daunting than other offerings.
You can however get all four seasons in a bundle for only $39.99.
As a result, Vudu is a good option if you’re going to take a long time to watch the series (for example, multiple months). However, if you’re going to blast through each in a week, it’s probably not your best choice.
Additionally, Vudu is only available in the United States and Mexico, which means it’s quite restrictive in terms of who can use it.
Apple TV, or more strictly the streaming service Apple TV+, is another great place to tune into Westworld.
Like Prime Video, Apple TV sells Westworld’s seasons at $12.99 apiece, but they don’t sell episodes individually. This is outside of the typical subscription cost to the service.
However, it can be difficult to access due to the streaming service technically being part of the Apple ecosystem. As a result, you won’t be able to find the app on any Android device (although you can find it on many smart TVs and web browsers).
It’s also not available worldwide, with notable exceptions including Uruguay, Jamaica, Iceland, and Pakistan (a full list of availability can be found here).
The Bottom Line
Although HBO Max may no longer be offering Westworld, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other places you can get your fix!
Hopefully one of the above streaming services – Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, or Hulu – will work for you.