The streaming wars strike another blow to Netflix subscribers
After being on Netflix for so many years, The Vampire Diaries have decided to leave the streamer.
The hit supernatural teen drama, The Vampire Diaries, which has been streaming on Netflix will be discontinued on the streamer from this September. The hit drama aired on The CW from 2009-2017, and in 2011, The CW signed a deal with Netflix to provide each season of the series to the streamer eight days after its finale aired. This deal also stipulated that Netflix would be the exclusive streamer of the series for five years after the series finale.
Hello again... brother.— HBO Max (@hbomax) September 4, 2022
All eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries are now streaming on HBO Max. pic.twitter.com/DFMqBzVUcf
The 5-year deal ended this year, and the CW's parent companies, WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS decided not to renew the contract. Seeing the show's popularity, the parent company decided to continue the show's streaming but on their own platforms i.e. HBO Max and Peacock. This means you can now find The Vampire Diaries streaming on both HBO Max and Peacock.
TVD fans didn't take the news very positively and were quick to take it to social media to share their grief.
netflix removing the vampire diaries is my 13th reason. see you all in hell— landon (@landxnwilbur) September 5, 2022
netflix removing the vampire diaries is actually extremely disgusting and appalling. right before october????— maddie (@cinematicrry) September 5, 2022
I’m so upset Netflix removed the vampire diaries. I could actually cry.— silly billy (@SylviaNsmith) September 5, 2022
the fact that they are taking vampire diaries off of netflix in 2 days is absolute trash 🗑 😒— Kaitlynn Freeman (@kaitfreeman7) September 1, 2022
In the years since the streaming wars have seen the landscape shift rapidly with parent companies launching their own streaming services and reclaiming their hit shows from rivals like Netflix and Hulu. That’s why Netflix has lost mega-hits like The Office (now streaming on Peacock) and Friends (now streaming on HBO Max) — and why it’s poised to lose many more, including The Vampire Diaries.
The show had been such a success that it spawned two spinoffs: The Originals (2013- 2018) and Legacies (2018-2022). They are both still available on Netflix, but will likely be removed from the streamer when their five-year contract expires as well. While TVD began centered around the love triangle between Stefan (Paul Wesley), Elena (Nina Dobrev), and Damon (Ian Somerhalder), The Originals focused on a family of vampires who set out to take back the city they built and destroy all who harmed them.
Legacies were built around The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, where young witches, vampires, and werewolves came together to be nurtured away from their most villainous impulses. The series ended in June, but showrunner Julie Plec isn’t closing the door on future spinoffs and additions to the universe. “There’s always an opportunity to continue the story, and it’s really more a matter of when and not if,” she told TV Insider after the finale.