Netflix subscribers, it’s time to say goodbye to your favorite Hasbro-produced shows such as Transformers and My Little Pony as Netflix updates their catalogues this February.
Effective on February 2, My Little Pony, Transformers and other shows intended for kids will become unavailable for streaming as their contracts end. The reason for this is that Hasbro and Netflix had failed to come to an agreement.
Jenny McCabe, a spokeswoman for Netflix, said that she isn’t allowed to give any details except the fact that Netflix’ content is so broad and that no brand or show contributes a significant amount of consistent viewers.
My Little Pony, over the course of its 30 year existence, has gathered a wide following and has produced a number of successful merchandise such as My Little Pony Clothing such as hoodies and pajamas. Little girls are known to watch the show along with their parents. But the biggest backlash for My Little Pony’s departure from Netflix will be expected to come from the bronies, adult males who have openly expressed their love for the show. Bronies have become a considerable force when it comes to My Little Pony. Although the fact that My Little Pony: Equestria Girls are not part of the agreement and will still be available for streaming might ease them up a bit.
Transformers, on the other hand, is as equally, if not, more successful than the My Little Pony franchise. Its merchandise is being recognized by boys and men of all ages worldwide. Its popularity gave rise to a blockbuster film franchise. So its departure from Netflix would sadden many boys who stream the show. Luckily, Transformers Prime movies can still be streamed on Netflix.
My Little Pony and Transformers are only a part of a wide number of titles that Netflix will be excluding. In fact, 90 movies are also set to depart from Netflix as well as hit TV shows like Doctor Who.
Shows produced by Discovery will also be omitted from Netflix because they too had failed to strike a deal with Netflix.
The problems that the deals have encountered revolve around pricing issues.