No One Knows Where Anything is Streaming Anymore

A Max incident involving an HBO classic reveals just how fleeting the streaming world really feels.

Hong Chau and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on Watchmen
Photo: Mark Hill | HBO

Late last night, social media users discovered something disturbing on Max‘s servers, or more accurately: discovered the absence of something on Max’s servers that disturbed them.

HBO‘s hallmark 2019 miniseries Watchmen was missing. For roughly an hour, various accounts on Twitter (now called “X” but come on, not really) posted screenshots of searches for “Watchmen” that yielded nothing but Zack Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation and a motion comic version of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s seminal graphic novel from the 1980s.

For most onlookers, there was never a question of whether Watchmen had deliberately booted from Max or not. Of course it had. Despite the series being an enormous success for Warner Bros. Discovery’s pay cable network HBO and also being based on another WBD-owned legendary comic, the corporation has not been known for careful stewardship of its brand of late. Under the leadership of CEO David Zaslav, Warner Bros. Discovery has jettisoned some of its big ticket IP already like the shelved Batgirl and Coyote vs. Acme films. Why would Watchmen be any different? Sure enough, Discussing Film reported that Watchmen had been “removed from Max.”

Fortunately, someone (Vulture‘s Josef Adalian in this case) then took it upon themselves to do a journalism, reached out to HBO for comment, and learned that the absence of Watchmen was supposedly a technical glitch.


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