Who doesn’t use Netflix these days? From the simple pleasures of family-viewing to the more voluptuary (COUGH-Netflix and Chill-COUGH) purposes, the streaming giant is a boon for many souls.
But you may have noticed that every month, the service discontinues (read: eliminates) a plethora of TV shows and movies from its bundle, many of which also include some of your favorites.
Take for instance October itself. The next month will see the disappearance of uber-popular series like “30 Rock”, “One Tree Hill” and “Friday Night Lights” among others.
But such brutality begs one simple question: if these shows are so popular, why is Netflix taking them off its roster?
When Netflix acquires a show, it’s typically for a specific time and when that window is up, the company looks at a variety of factors to decide if they’ll renew the title. There are a couple of considerations to that. Some of them are as follows:
Feedback from the viewers
Viewership that the show/movie attracts
Number of similar titles available at the same time
Sometimes, the choice isn’t even in Netflix’s hands, like when a show makes a deal with another TV channel or service, or when Netflix has a rotating content deal with a studio.
In that case, Netflix can’t and doesn’t renew the show/movie. It then moves on to producing/acquiring more creative content for the viewers.
The good news is that even if your favorite show leaves Netflix, it can likely be found for purchase, rerunning on TV, or — potentially — on another streaming site.
And you can also hope for the eventual return of your favorite on Netflix again!