Why do TV shows and movies leave Netflix?

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. 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?

Why do titles leave Netflix?

  • Netflix acquires licensing rights for TV shows and movies for a certain period of time, not indefinitely.
  • When the TV show or movie is no longer available, the licensing agreement has ended with the content provider.
  • While TV shows and movies tend to expire at the beginning of each month, titles may expire on any day of the month.

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.

  • Some factors that are considered:
    • 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?

For more information about how licensing works, see How does Netflix license TV shows and movies? Although Netflix makes every effort to license complete series of both TV shows and movies, the rights to each particular season are separate and may not always be available for Netflix to license at the same time.

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