Between Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, Netflix is feeling the pressure of heavy competition. Now, it seems Netflix is scrambling to put together an unbeatable, audience-luring lineup for 2019. Unfortunately, this new lineup will not include the fan-favorite Daredevil. Thankfully, 2019 will not see Netflix losing the hit sitcom Friends, though it did come with a hefty price tag.
Read on to discover all the latest updates to Netflix’s roster!
Canceling The 4th Most-Watched Show
Recently, Netflix announced they canceled Daredevil, one of their most streamed shows, after only three seasons. It’s not hard to assume why: Daredevil is a Marvel character, which Disney bought in 2009. Just last month, Disney announced their own streaming service, Disney+, set to launch in 2019. Therefore, next year, every series or movie focusing on any Marvel (or Disney) character, will be available exclusively on Disney+.
Audiences around the world loved Daredevil. In the cancellation announcement, Netflix and the show’s creators thanked the fans for their support and loyalty. They also added that the three seasons of Daredevil would remain streamable on Netflix foreseeable future. A spokesman for the site said, “We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season, and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note.”
“It Makes No Sense”
In response to the cancellation, star Vincent D’Onofrio spoke out on his social media accounts, “I’m in such an odd business. Don’t feel bad folks, it makes no sense.” D’Onofrio is referring to the statistics: Netflix revealed that Daredevil is the site’s fourth most-watched series, so canceling it is mind-boggling. Usually, sites or networks cancel a show due to low ratings or lack of interest. However, these days, decisions surrounding shows and movies are generally business (or money) related.
Charlie Cox, another cast member, said of the decision, “It’s just how business works. But also, these characters mean a lot to people. It’s weird to think there’s a chance I won’t be playing Matt Murdock ever again. That’s a bizarre feeling, because that character has been such a huge part of my life for the last four and a half years.”
The One When Netflix Paid $100M To Keep Streaming Friends
Earlier in the month, Friends fans caused an uproar when they discovered the show would stop streaming on January 1, 2019. Thankfully, a couple of days later, Netflix announced they had secured the rights to stream the beloved series for another year. The price tag? A hefty $100 million, for 2019 alone.
Rachel – sorry the incredible Jennifer Aniston – was asked about the deal in the premiere of her Netflix film, Dumplin’. She said, “I find it amazing that it’s continued to have such love and such an audience and such an appetite for it. I think it says a lot about the show. Especially since it takes place at a time where it’s so different from now. You know, people actually spoke to each other and hung out with each other and talked.”
It was reported that the streaming site is continuing negotiations for streaming the New-York based sitcom after 2019, and are trying to keep the price down. Netflix is in a bit of a pickle – they’ve got so many competitors where they were once lone rangers. With Disney+ on the horizon, AT&T’s announcement of launching their own streaming service, and with existing competition from Hulu and Amazon – it’s no wonder they paid the hefty price for Friends. At least the Holiday Armadillo managed to get everyone a nice gift for the holidays!