Fans have been pretty much freaking out since Netflix quietly announced that 30 Rock would be leaving Netflix on October 1. Actually, they didn’t even “announce” it, they just added a note to the show’s page on the app.
So why the heck are they ditching 30 Rock when it’s one of the best shows to binge?
Netflix released a super generic statement to Vulture that said,
“Yes, 30 Rock will be rolling off the service in October. The license for a TV series or movie is for a set period of time, which means every title eventually comes up for renewal. At that point, we take a variety of factors into account to determine if we will renew the title. As we expand our content portfolio, our goal is to continue offering great movies and TV series for our members, while also providing content that is available exclusively on Netflix.”
Um, ok. That still doesn’t really explain why they wouldn’t want to keep 30 Rock. Other shows have left Netflix because partners have made deals with competitors like Hulu, but so far no deal has been made by NBC. And as far as we know, NBC isn’t going the way of Disney, i.e. creating its own streaming platform. Other NBC shows like Friday Night Lights are also set to leave Netflix so perhaps they have something quietly in the works.
Either way, we seriously hope we will be able to watch 30 Rock somewhere, or else we’ll be forced to go back to illegally streaming. Oh wait, did we say that out loud?