Why Netflix movies expire

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: In this photo iIllustration, the Netflix logo is seen on the screen of an iPhone on February 13, 2019 in Paris, France. Netflix, the US giant of online video subscription, has more than 5 million subscribers in France, 4 and a half years after its arrival in France in September 2014, a spokesman for the company revealed on Wednesday. Netflix offers movies and TV series over the internet and now has 137 million subscribers worldwide. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: In this photo iIllustration, the Netflix logo is seen on the screen of an iPhone on February 13, 2019 in Paris, France. Netflix, the US giant of online video subscription, has more than 5 million subscribers in France, 4 and a half years after its arrival in France in September 2014, a spokesman for the company revealed on Wednesday. Netflix offers movies and TV series over the internet and now has 137 million subscribers worldwide. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) /
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Have you ever wanted to watch something and thought, “This movie is totally on Netflix,” only to find that the title is no longer available? I don’t know about you, but I find myself in this scenario all the time.

The movies and television shows available to watch on the platform are changing all the time. I’m sure you’ve also noticed that movies that were once on Netflix can now be found on other streaming platforms, like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, or Peacock.

I know that the streaming service needs to consistently provide new content in order to stay relevant and attract new customers, but it does leave you to wonder about why movies are always coming and going from the streaming service.

If you’re wondering why Netflix movies expire, then you’ve clicked on the right article. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Why do Netflix movies expire?

According to Netflix’s Help Center, movies and shows leave the streaming service primarily due to licensing agreements.

Since the platform streams television shows and movies from all around the world, titles are subject to short-term and ever-changing licensing agreements, which dictate where and for how long a product can remain on a platform.

For example, The Office will be leaving Netflix at the end of this year because of licensing issues now that NBC has its own streaming platform.

If a movie that you love isn’t on the streaming service anymore, then consider poking around other platforms to see if it was moved. If you can’t find it, you can always do things the old fashioned way and just buy a DVD.

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