Why do TV shows and movies leave Netflix?

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. We strive to keep the content you want to see, but 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. We consider factors like:

  • Are the rights to renew the licensing to stream 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 remains on our service for you to enjoy. If a TV show or movie is not renewed, we'll give you a heads up on our website that it's about to expire. To learn 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?

To request a title for Netflix, please see Request TV shows or movies.