More of your favourite Netflix shows could soon disappear

Abby Robinson
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From Digital Spy

Netflix has long dominated the streaming market, so it was only a matter of time before its competitors decided to strike out on their own and take back their content.

Disney+, HBO Max and Apple TV+ are just some of the brand new streaming services on the horizon, while channels such as The CW and CBC Television are reevaluating their relationship with the entertainment giant.

A number of The CW's big-hitters, such as Riverdale, Arrow and The Flash, first air on the US channel before hitting Netflix after the season has concluded.

But the contract that was in place between the two has not been renewed and Netflix will now have to compete with other distributors to get its hands on brand new CW properties – shows that are already available on the platform will remain there as it stands.

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As for CBC Television, while it hasn't completely ruled out working with Netflix in future, the Canadian broadcaster's president and CEO recently discussed the company's desire to become more independent.

For context, the following CBC shows are all available on Netflix: Alias Grace, Anne with an E, Schitt's Creek, Workin' Moms, Kim's Convenience, Heartland and Intelligence.

"We're not going to do deals that hurt the long-term viability of our domestic industry," said Catherine Tait on the Content Canada podcast (via Financial Post).

"A number of countries have done deals, as we did, with Netflix...and over time we start to see that we're feeding the growth of Netflix, or we're feeding the growth of Amazon, rather than feeding our own domestic business and industry."

Tait went on to say that the aim of CBC's game is "maximising [both] their revenues across a global audience... [and] Canadian creators' health and well-being in this market".

Digital Spy has reached out to Netflix for comment.

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Back in January this year at a panel in Ottawa, Tait compared Netflix's presence in Canada to "imperialism".

"I was thinking about the British Empire, and how if you were there and you were the Viceroy of India, you would feel that you were doing only good for the people of India," she said.

"If you were in French Africa, you would think, 'I'm educating them, I'm bringing their resources to the world and I am helping them.'

"Fast forward to what happens after imperialism and the damage that can do to local communities. So all I would say is, let us be mindful of how it is we as Canadians respond to global companies coming into our country."

Netflix's director of public policy for Canada, Stéphane Cardin, was also present at the event, and this is what she had to say: "We're not here [in Canada] to chase a low dollar. We're here because of the quality of the creators, the infrastructure and the crews.

"We think we too can provide an opportunity for Canadians to make stories in English and French that can get to the world like they never could before. We're complementary. We're not here to diminish or do it any harm."

According to Financial Post, Canadian broadcasters must contribute five percent of their gross revenue to the Canada Media Fund. The likes of Netflix and Amazon can if they wish to, but it's not enforced.

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During her chat on the Content Canada podcast, Tait referenced the comments that she previously made, emphasising that her concerns remain the same.

"The idea that we are dealing with an empire that could in some ways compromise our own true cultural sovereignty? I do not stand down on those remarks," she said.

"I think what you're going to start to see…is that we believe that anybody profiting from the Canadian system should contribute to the system."

Schitt's Creek is entering its sixth and final season in 2020, and both Alias Grace and Intelligence wrapped up back in 2017 and 20014 respectively.

But Workin' Moms and Kim's Convenience have been renewed for future seasons, and there's a strong chance that Anne with an E will also be back for more.

Whether we'll see them on Netflix, however, remains to be seen.

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