Netflix Dropping BBC Shows, Movies in February
Bad news for fans of British telly: an expiring contract means some of your favorite BBC series and movies will be disappearing from the Netflix library at the end of the month.
Reportedly, Netflix will be removing most of its BBC programming by January 31st, meaning no more Doctor Who, Luther, House of Cards (the original British version), Blackadder, Top Gear, Wallander, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Coupling, Torchwood, Red Dwarf, Primeval, or Survivors. However, the list does not appear to include two other popular BBC hits, Sherlock and Call the Midwife. So it looks like there’s still hope for those in the middle of getting caught up on past seasons.
Netflix has not commented on any negotiations that might be underway with the BBC, although one would hope Ted Sarandos and the rest of the bigwigs at Netflix would do their damndest to keep BBC in the family. There’s a lot of value in that brand, considering the popularity of Doctor Who. Hell, I’m still working my way through all of Top Gear as we speak. It’d be a shame to lose any of these shows, particularly to another streaming service. With any luck, the expiring contract and the vow to remove most programming is simply a power play, and a new contract will be hammered out once cooler heads prevail. Yet Netflix seems far less interested in British television these days than they used to be, considering Downton Abbey is no longer in the streaming library. Okay, so technically that’s an ITV show, but it just seems like a no-brainer of a show to hold onto, considering its popularity. With any luck, Netflix won’t make the same mistake with its BBC shows.
Via: The Wrap