The Real Reason Netflix Removes Our Favorite Shows And Movies

Updated: Feb 14, 2019

So you're screwing around on the internet like always, and you come across an article that's titled something along the lines of "what's leaving and what's coming to Netflix this month." You imminently stop scrolling. Your heart pounds as you click the article. There it is; Interview with the Vampire is leaving the streaming site, and Jaws 3 is moving in. Your heart isn't pounding anymore; it stopped. Your dead.

For my birthday last month, I invited my friends to come over and watch Bram Stoker's Dracula on Netflix, cause, ya know, it was there just a couple months ago. Turns out, it's not there anymore. As I'm about to lose my mind, a friend suggests we watch Interview with the Vampire instead, but it was also taken down. I resorted to searching the word "vampire" and the results were so disappointing that I'd rather not post them and relive all that heartache.

Why does Netflix do this though? They couldn't possibly be running out of data... like, it's 2019, our technology doesn't exactly suck. As it turns out, it has nothing to do with data. Instead, it's an annoying little booger called licence expiration.

Google has all the answers to every question every asked, so I asked it what the hell was up with Netflix removing my favorite movies I pay to see and replacing it with sucky ones. Netflix answered the question with one simple explanation:

Netflix licenses TV shows and movies from studios and content providers around the world, and those licenses can expire if we don't renew them. Though we strive to keep the content you want to see, we acquire licensing rights for TV shows and movies for a certain period of time - not indefinitely - so some titles do leave Netflix. If a TV show or movie you love is leaving, it indicates that our licensing agreement with the content provider is about to end.

Whenever a TV show or movie is expiring, we evaluate whether or not to renew it using the same criteria we apply to potential new content.

Factors for renewal include popularity and seasonal factors, which could explain why they removed so many vampire films in January. Cause apparently I'm the only one who wants to watch vampire stuff after Halloween...

On the bright side, you CAN request that your favorite show or movie be added back to Netflix, and if enough people riot, they're more likely to do something about it (just please don't act like a butt hole) You can request shows and movies you'd like to see by filling out their form here, which I'll definitely be doing for Dracula and Interview with the Vampire now that I know this exists.

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