Netflix’s disappearing act: who’s to blame?

Mary-Grace Graham, Editor

It is no secret that shows frequently appear and disappear from Netflix as it was one of most popular streaming services (second only to Youtube) with 46.55 million monthly active users. While Netflix once monopolized anywhere, anytime online movies and shows, this is no longer the case. The rise of Hulu, Disney+, Peacock, and more created competition within the world of streaming services, and with this came copyright and ownership conflicts.

Recently, Netflix has been asked to take down some of the movies and shows they previously provided to their customers much to their disappointment. They have been asked to do so mainly because the companies who own these works now have developed their own streaming services.

If everything were to still be available on Netflix, other companies, like Disney Plus, would not receive any business: Why pay for an additional subscription if all of the programs are also on another service with a wider variety?

On Jan. 1, 2021, popular show “The Office” and the movie “Pride and Prejudice” along with other works, were taken off Netflix (both mentioned above can now be found on NBC’s streaming service: “Peacock”). This caused quite the uprising, as people blamed Netflix for their removal. The truth is, nobody should be blamed. What is happening is simply that other companies have expanded and want to retake ownership of their movies and shows to keep themselves in business. Still, many grieve the loss of their favorite programs from Netflix.

Pride and Prejudice enthusiast, Tessa Mahurin, watched the movie numerous times before it was taken off Netflix. She was drawn in by the elegance and character development. Mahurin became a fan of the movie over winter break.

“The romance and the dramatic suspense make it really entertaining. There’s something to relate to with all of the characters. It is a well-rounded show,” (Mahurin).

To compensate, Netflix is working hard to come out with new originals and is constantly adding new movies, shows, and seasons. For example, the popular anime, Demon Slayer, was recently added. While the show is and has been available on other anime streaming services, such as Crunchyroll and Funimation, its arrival to Netflix is something anime fans should be excited about as there is now a dub available and Netflix does not have advertisement breaks.

With all of the activity that has been happening on Netflix, it is hard to stay in the loop of what is being put on and taken off. All there is to do on this end of the screen is sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.