Dear American Whovians, it is time to take a seat, as this news is truly brace worthy. Streaming juggernaut Netflix is set to drop several BBC produced titles, including Doctor Who, from their content offerings. The long standing contract between the two media companies is set to expire on 31 January 2015, and there has been no positive indication that a new agreement will be reached.
As such, Americans who enjoy their BBC shows on Netflix are going to be seeking alternate ways to get their fix.
Personally speaking, I find this news to be rather terrible. Some of you may not know that I came to know and love Doctor Who via Netflix. Starting with the The Eleventh Hour through the end of Series 6, and then back to Series 1 and forward, I watched episode after episode of seemingly never ending, timey wimey greatness until I was fully and irreversibly hooked. Thus, it could be said that I automatically think Netflix when I think Doctor Who and that that correlation may be ending is a sad thing for me.
Now, this isn’t entirely surprising for us, dear readers, as we recently reported that it was a possibility. So what is there to do? If fighting until the bitter end is your cup of tea, there is a petition to keep Doctor Who on Netflix and can be found here (I’ve already done so). Should the unthinkable happen and the contract lapses, you’ll be relieved to know that there are some other options for you.
Both Amazon Prime Instant Video and Hulu Plus offer Doctor Who and other BBC programming, so those aren’t terrible alternatives (minus the damn adverts on Hulu…). And of course, you could always buy modern Doctor Who physically or digitally…it is probably less expensive in the long run. After all, $8 a month after so long grows to be way more than initial financial hit it would take to own the series for yourself. Consider it food for thought, fellow Kasterborites. I’ve even started my own collection with Series 8 on iTunes. Looks like I may be forced to start back filing a little sooner than I planned.
Have you signed the petition? Will you switch from Netflix? Do tell down below!