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This Is Why TV Shows Leave Netflix

It's surprisingly simple.

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And if you’ve spent any time on Twitter this past week, odds are you’ve noticed people griping more than usual about the impending exoduses.

One Tree Hill is leaving Netflix next month and I've never felt more personally attacked in my life

.@netflix how many likes for you to keep 30 Rock. I'm not kidding, I will cancel my subscription. I am full of nerd rage. #30Rock

netflix taking friday night lights off is the worst thing ever


But this outrage cycle happens every month to some degree with everything from Jennifer Love Hewitt's CBS show Ghost Whisperer...

Somebody please explain to me why ghost whisperer is leaving Netflix in July that is just wrong the Fox animated series Futurama...

SEASON 1-6 ARE OF FUTURAMA ARE LEAVING NETFLIX. FIRST PSYCH NOW THIS. fellow Animation Domination series Bob's Burgers.

i still haven't recovered over bob's burgers leaving netflix tbh. 😪


When Netflix acquires a show, it’s typically for a specific amount of time and when that window is up, the company looks at a variety of factors to decide if they’ll renew the title. Some of the biggest ones are...


Sometimes the choice isn't even in Netflix’s hands, like when a show makes a deal with another TV channel or service, or when Netflix has a rotating content deal with a studio.

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“In that case, we do not or cannot renew. We put the money toward other content we think will bring members joy," a representative for Netflix told BuzzFeed News. "As we expand our content portfolio, our goal is to continue offering great movies and TV series for our members, while also providing content that is available exclusively on Netflix."

Jarett Wieselman is a senior entertainment editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles. Wieselman writes about and reports on the television industry.

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