Netflix will continue to stream Doctor Who, Luther and The Office, and the news will surely calm down worried fans. There were reports last week that some of the most popular BBC shows will be scrapped from Netflix as the contract between the two companies is about to expire. However, a few days ago, Netflix announced that it renewed the contract of several BBC shows.
List of BBC shows on Netflix
Numerous blogs were flooded with discussions about the probable scrapping of Doctor Who from Netflix. A petition to save Doctor Who from “Netflix Obliteration” attracted more than 30,000 signatures.
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Shows that “are being renewed and will be here to stay with no delay in viewing,” according to an e-mailed statement from Netflix spokeswoman Erin Dwyer, are Classic Doctor Who (18 Collections), Copper (Seasons 1-2), Doctor Who (Seasons 1-7), House of Cards Trilogy, Keeping Up Appearances (Season 1), Luther (Seasons 1-3), Monarch of the Glen (Seasons 1-6), North & South, The Buccaneers, The Office (U.K.) (Seasons 1-2), Torchwood, (Seasons 1-4) and Wallander (Seasons 1-3).
Also Netflix listed the shows which will no longer be shown after Jan. 31. Some of the shows are Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, MI-5 and Red Dwarf. The list of to-be-aired as well as expiring shows is incomplete as of now.
Not every BBC show that streamed on Netflix was up for renewal even though there were some reports suggesting so. Shows such as Call the Midwife, Happy Valley, Sherlock, and The Honorable Woman are not considered for renewal and therefore will remain on Netflix
Netflix having a rough time
Netflix had quite a rough road over the past six months with its stock losing approximately 25% of its value. The company is struggling to retain investors’ confidence on the back of declining domestic growth and pressure to expand its International user base by as much as 25% over last year. Additionally, investors are looking forward to the company’s presence in more markets, as there are reports circulating about the probable expansion plan of the company in Asia.
Apart from declining user growth, Netflix is also facing rising competition. Amazon recently won two Golden Globes, entered into a deal with Woody Allen, and unveiled a 13-show pilot series with big name producers such as Ridley Scott and X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz.