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Netflix explains why it is removing TV shows and movies

By on April 19, 2021 0

Have you ever tried to rewatch a favorite movie or TV show on Netflix only to find the title mysteriously disappeared from the menu? You’re not alone. Every month, Netflix quietly removes hundreds of hours of content across all genres and categories.

While there is always something new added to the streaming giant’s library, there is a bunch of content leaving. We now have an explanation of why this keeps happening, straight from the horse’s mouth. (No, not Bojack Horseman. A PR person.)

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More on the Netflix Help Page, the streaming giant helpfully explains why that show you wanted to catch up on is no longer available. (Which suggests that they are getting this question a lot.)

Here is the full explanation as it appears on the Netflix blog:

Netflix licenses TV shows and movies to studios and content providers around the world, and those licenses may expire if we don’t renew them. While we make every effort to keep the content you want to see, we do acquire the license rights for TV shows and movies for a certain period of time – not indefinitely – so that some titles leave Netflix. If a TV show or movie you like leaves, it indicates that our license agreement with the content provider is about to end.

Whenever a TV show or movie expires, we assess whether or not to renew it using the same criteria we apply to potential new content. We consider factors such as:

  • Are the streaming license renewal rights still available?
  • What is the popularity and cost of a particular title?
  • Are there other seasonal or localized factors?

If a TV show or movie is renewed, it stays on our service for you to enjoy. If a TV show or movie is not renewed, we will notify you on our website that it is about to expire.

So this is it. If a title leaves Netflix, it’s because it wasn’t popular enough, was too expensive to renew, or was picked up by another streaming service before the expiration date.

The good news is that this only applies to third party content (i.e. movies and TV shows produced by other studios.)

Your favorite Netflix originals, like Black mirror, Card castle, Strange things and BoJack Cavalier, will not go anywhere. This includes any shows that have finished airing or have been deleted by Netflix – old episodes will continue to be stored indefinitely.

This article has been updated since its original publication.

[Via Netflix]

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