Showtime Pulls “Dexter” from Netflix

It seems like a cruel joke for any cable network to pull their shows from Netflix right before summer – the season of TV wasteland. Viewers’ favorites are all on hiatus over the warm months, and Showtime has now pulled the plug on faves Dexter and Californication.  By summertime, the early seasons of both shows will no longer be available on the online-steaming service.

The pulled shows will, however, be available on Showtime’s online service, so you won’t be completely locked out. Other Showtime shows will remain on Netflix, including The Tudors and Weeds (which is owned not by Showtime, but by Lionsgate).

Reports suggest that pulling the early seasons are an effort to buckle down on networks’ rights to first-run programs, in order to boost signups for Showtime.

Showtime CEO Matthew Blank confirms the reasoning, saying the company is more conscious of its competition now. “With all the options out there, we want to be sure people know they have to subscribe to see Dexter or The Borgias.

Showtime isn’t the only premium cable channel to turn away from Netflix – HBO has long shunned Netflix entirely, instead offering its service online for no extra charge to its already-paying TV subscribers.

So, it seems you’ll be out of luck for your Dexter fix this summer. But, if you’re into older shows like Frasier, Cheers, Twin Peaks, and The Twilight Zone, you’re in luck – those shows were negotiated into syndication in February, in a deal Netflix made with CBS.


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