How does Netflix get movies and TV shows to stream online?

Netflix partners with content providers to license streaming rights for a variety of movies and TV shows. We also produce our own content, called Netflix Originals (like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black).

My favorite movie or TV show used to be on Netflix, but it's gone now. Where did it go?

​Most of our movie and TV show licenses may expire if we don't renew them, so we'll give you a heads up on our website when something's about to expire.

  • If we're able to renew the license, we'll take the expiration notice down and the content stays in our library for you to enjoy.
  • If we're unable or choose not to renew the license, we have to remove the movie or TV show from our library.
Although Netflix makes every effort to license complete series of both movies and TV shows, the rights to each particular title are separate and may not always be available for Netflix to license at the same time.

Why is a movie or TV show available in one country but not another?

There are many reasons a movie or TV show is available to audiences in one country or region, but not another.

  • Regional tastes
    We do our best to shape our service by region. For example, some movies and TV shows that are popular with our members in the United States may not be desirable to members in the United Kingdom, even though they're both English-speaking regions.
  • Multiple rights owners
    More than one studio or distributor may own regional rights for a movie or TV show. For example, we may have an agreement with a distributor to show a US-made movie in Latin America before we've signed an agreement with the studio that made that movie to show the movie in the US.
  • No rights available for a region
    Sometimes a movie or TV show simply isn't available in a particular region. We can't buy a movie or TV show for a specific region if no one is selling it.

When will my favorite movie or TV show be available to watch on Netflix?

We update the New Arrivals page to let you know what's new on Netflix as soon as content becomes available for streaming.

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