Why Classic Shows Are Vanishing From Netflix

As fees soar, networks favor new content

Last October there was a brief (albeit furious) hue and cry over the departure of CBS’ long-running Angela Lansbury mystery series, Murder, She Wrote, from Netflix. It caused, as Jezebel’s Rebecca Rose put it, “a disturbance in the Force.” Normal service was restored a few months later, but the show’s brief departure—and its unexpected resurgence in popularity—point up a new trend in Web video: Content is getting more expensive, and sometimes the stuff IP owners want you to see isn’t the stuff you want to watch.