Netflix is a media-streaming and video-rental company founded in 1997 by American entrepreneurs Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. Since its founding, Netflix has been a very popular streaming site with nearly 193 million subscribers as of July 2020, (Comparitech 2020). Recently, Netflix has been canceling or removing shows and movies each month due to unknown reasons, which could lead to the streaming site’s downfall, (Insider 2020).
People have been quick to give their opinions about these cancellations. According to a news article called “Deadline,” Netflix has started to cancel shows after only a few seasons in order to make more room for Netflix originals since Netflix originals seem to get the most views, (Deadline 2020).
Cosmopolitan writer Daniella Scott gave an insight into this topic stating, “Netflix is notoriously tight-lipped about their viewing figures, but one reason why shows get canceled is that seasons two or three is when viewers tend to level out, either sticking with a show for life or dropping it, and according to Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Netflix’s strategy is all about variety,” (Cosmopolitan 2020).
Twitter user @Kberjonesalder tweets “Once again, @netflix cancels another show. #Netflix stop making shows then! You’re just canceling everything you put out or cancel after it was renewed,” (Twitter 2020). It seems that Netflix is very passionate about maintaining its statistics revolving around views, but that doesn’t mean that all the people are fond of those decisions.
Netflix headquarters states “Though we strive to keep the titles you want to watch, some titles do leave Netflix because of licensing agreements,” (Netflix 2020). This shows that one of the main reasons why Netflix cancels or removes shows is only because of a contract.