Over the past few days I’ve seen traffic spike and a huge number of comments have been left lamenting the removal of M*A*S*H from Netflix’s streaming service. However, leaving a comment here at my blog isn’t going to do anything to bring M*A*S*H back to Netflix.
If you’re a Netflix streaming subscriber and you’re upset about M*A*S*H no longer being available for streaming, the best thing you can do is contact Netflix and let them know that you want to see M*A*S*H return. You can find information about calling or chatting online at the Netflix Help Center.
Please be polite if you do decide to contact a Netflix.
It has also been suggested that simply searching for M*A*S*H on Netflix may do some good because search statistics are collected and used to determine what people are interested in.
I don’t have any details about the Netflix streaming contract and/or licensing negotiations pertaining to M*A*S*H, but from what I’ve been told by Netflix customer support and from what others have been told, it seems that Netflix would like nothing more than to keep streaming M*A*S*H. It may very well be that whoever licensed the series to Netflix–presumably some division of 20th Century Fox–doesn’t want to renew, at any price. If that’s the case, there’s nothing Netflix can do.
In other words, I don’t think Netflix is to blame in this situation. Honestly, I’m not sure anyone is to blame. Maybe there could be a better way for Netflix to inform subscribers about TV shows and movies that are being removed. I saw a notice pop up a few times while watching M*A*S*H (but only on my TV, never on my computer) but many people didn’t and were completely surprised on April 1st when they could no longer watch M*A*S*H. That’s a much bigger issue, though.
Personally, I watched M*A*S*H on Netflix quite a bit. Nowhere near as much as some fans who were watching it daily. But I got used to being able to pull up any episode easily and quickly without having to dig out my DVDs. So I completely understand why people are upset.
Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that M*A*S*H will ever return to Netflix streaming. But it can’t hurt to let Netflix know you’d like to be able to stream it again. And by all means, continue to use my blog to vent and share your feelings. We’re all M*A*S*H fans here.