Netflix eliminates popular shows

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Taylor Mahaffey, Reporter

 Netflix licenses TV shows and movies from studios around the world. Though the company strives to keep the titles we want to watch, some titles do leave Netflix because of licensing agreements.

Have you ever wondered why a Netflix movie wasn’t on Netflix? Well, it’s because the programs are typically canceled for financial reasons. Low viewership will lead to a lower advertising or subscription revenue, prompting networks to replace it with another show with the potential to turn a larger profit.

According to data from streaming-service search engine RealGood, Netflix has 3,781 movies. The streaming service, which has more subscribers than Amazon Prime Video despite having the same subscription price at $12.99 per month, offers 291 movies and TV shows per dollar spent, RealGood found.

“We offer creators the ability to reach audiences all around the world,” Netflix stated. “In some cases we’ve also been forced to remove specific titles or episodes of titles in specific countries due to government takedown demands.”

Going forward, Netflix plans to release what has been taken down annually to the public. The countries that have requested takedowns include five titles in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and New Zealand. The reason for takedown requests usually comes from the content of the titles. The streamer disclosed this data as part of its new annual transparency report, per Variety

Company executives said last year that Netflix will start releasing “more specific and granular data and reporting” to investors and the public in reports. They didn’t specify exactly what Netflix will give out, but this censorship data is new.

In recent months, Netflix has increasingly offered viewership stats including details about what is now considered a “view.” Perhaps, unsurprisingly, Singapore bans all “portrayals glamorizing or encouraging the use of illegal drugs,” and all “films that denigrate any racial or religious group, or create misunderstanding or disharmony amongst the races.”

Netflix has created hundreds of original TV series since 2013. However, the streaming service has also canceled dozens of those shows, often after just one or two seasons. 

“It might be hard to imagine now,” but when the US version of The Office first premiered on NBC in 2005, the show was panned by both critics and audiences. People thought it was unoriginal, unfunny, and a bad clone of the UK version.

NBC made the call to renew the show anyway. It seemed to be the right one, ”because of the second season and onward,” The Office US was winning plaudits everywhere, which lasted nine glorious seasons.

The biggest thing that Netflix looks at is if they are getting enough viewership to justify the cost of the series.