Every now and then, #Netflix decides it's time to update the streaming library. However, instead of purging out shows and movies that people enjoy, they tend to get rid of things people love. #BuffytheVampireSlayer (1997-2003), #Angel (1999), and #Firefly (2002-2003) are some of the latest titles to be leaving the Netflix, but why not get rid of shows and movies that we don't want to watch instead?
Netflix has been around for a while now. I'm not sure what percentage of new subscribers is, but I would imagine that it a low portion of their revenue as many of us have been faithful to the streaming service for a long time. Due to this, Netflix should be catering to the subscribers who have remained loyal to them throughout the years. Keeping cult classics around and removing D-List horror flicks would be a great way to show their thanks.
Why are Netflix Removing Cult Classics?
Thanks to Netflix, I have been able to watch a ton of cult classics. It is one of the reasons I love my Netflix subscription. It is what has introduced me to Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000), My So-Called Life (1994-1995), Skins (2007-2013), and recently Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
With this in mind, the removal of My So-Called Life and Buffy just does not make sense to me. Skins would make more sense to remove, but only because the later seasons don't live up to the show's early beginnings. Freaks and Geeks is still in the library, and having these shows available is part of the appeal of Netflix. People like watching older shows that used to be popular back when they were first released or even shows that were released before their time. They're great to binge, fun to watch, and are good for unwinding after a long workday. Needless to say, Freaks and Geeks and My So-Called Life both should never have been cancelled after only one season.
What's the point of taking things away that people enjoy watching and part of the reason for people keeping their subscription? If you're going to have a library full of D-list Sci-Fi and B-movies, what harm is it to give people good out-dated television shows? This is a lose-lose situation.
Other Ways to Watch
I am subscribed to Hulu and Amazon Prime, so there will still be a way for me to checkout some of the cult classics that Netflix has axed from their library at this time. I like Netflix more than the other two because the search feature and playing seems to be more seamless. I'm still keeping my Netflix subscription because there are still a lot of shows and films that I like that are available. I just will miss some of the options and do not understand why they need to get rid of the cult classics.