Update: Here is what is new on Netflix February 2015
Many of you have probably noticed the same thing I have on your Netflix home screen. When you hover over Doctor Who, a devastating piece of information reveals itself: that Netflix is removing the series February 1st. The internet has been in a bit of an uproar over the potential removal these past few days, including petitions, pleads to Netflix to reconsider, and a countless number of angry comments on this blog and many others around the web.
As extstreamist.com points out, fans of content streaming on Netflix can be particularly passionate.
But a source close to Netflix has told me that Netflix is in fact in talks with BBC to ensure that even if the show is not renewed immediately come February 1st, the odds are very good that a deal will be reached within months, or perhaps even weeks, following the February deadline. They commented that there is even potential that the deal could prevent any removal at all (a similar thing just happened to Scrubs which was recently extended at least a month). The contract negotiation is likely to be a “BBC package” renewal, so for fans of less popular BBC shows, the odds are fairly good that your shows will return as well.
It turns out that this type of cliffhanger removal is actually quite common, it just doesn’t necessarily always cause an uproar quite like the most recent with Doctor Who, which in all fairness, does have a very boisterous and charismatic fan base (of which I consider myself a card-carrying member). Our source mentioned that Netflix does take into consideration not only show popularity but also customer service “votes,” a statistic tallied based around how many people call into complain that a series has been removed or to request a currently unavailable title altogether. In other words, get on the phone or live chat and make sure that your voice is heard (but of course please be courteous and respectful to your representative, they have very little control over the content available).
Doctor Who has been one of Netflix’s top streamed television shows, with both the original and new versions of the show being available to stream instantly bringing countless new fans to the series.