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

Netflix partners with content providers to license streaming rights for a variety of TV shows and movies. We also produce our own original content such as Orange is the New Black, BoJack Horseman, Marco Polo, and many more.

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

​Most of our TV show and movie licenses can 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 will stay in our library for you to enjoy.
  • If we're unable or choose not to renew the license, we will have to remove the TV show or movie from our library.

Although Netflix makes every effort to license complete series of both TV shows and movies, the rights to each particular title are separate and may not always be available for Netflix to license at the same time. 

For more information about how to find out when TV shows or movies are leaving, see How do I find out if a TV show or movie is leaving Netflix?

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

There are many reasons a TV show or movie may be 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 TV shows and movies 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 TV show or movie. For example, we may sign 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 it in the US.
  • No rights available for a region
    Sometimes a TV show or movie simply isn't available in a particular region. We can't buy a TV show or movie license for a specific region if no one is selling it.

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

Though there is no set schedule for acquiring new content, we are constantly adding new titles for members to enjoy.

We update the New Arrivals page to let you know what's new on Netflix as soon as content becomes available for streaming. You can also take a look at Netflix on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more details on new arrivals and specific release dates.

Have a suggestion for a TV show or movie? See Suggest TV shows or movies.