Could HBO Max be the worst sort of trend-setter? Well, a call over at Netflix suggests that it''s more than possible. That''s because one of the first Netflix Originals is on the verge of disappearing.
"Hemlock Grove: Seasons 1-3" is set in a fictional Pennsylvania city, where murders are causing concern among Netflix viewers. It isn''t one of our picks for the best shows on Netflix, but it did last three seasons (something not all Netflix shows get to do).
While we''ll be the first to note that Netflix titles come and go constantly, these titles are primarily (and fast always) the licensed shows and movies that services usually rent out for certain periods.
Hemlock Grove, however, is different. It''s a Netflix Original that makes it one of Netflix''s most popular shows (though not the first, which was Lilyhammer for 2012).
This is a bit of a familiar story for anyone who has been following HBO Max since recently, as HBO Max began dismantling original films this summer. Then, an even larger volume of HBO Max shows and shows was reduced.
While some of these were seen as incentives for tax cuts, a fresh prevailing theory came out. HBO Max was gradually cutting old shows and movies to reduce the cost it pays to retain these shows.
The decision may be correlated to how "Streaming services still must pay residuals to casts and crews of a production," according to CNN''s Frank Pallotta. In response, HBO Max was able to save "north of $100 million annually," by scrapping its shows.
Is Hemlock Grove the canary in the coal mine?
Netflix, as you may know, has experienced a turbulent 2022 situation. In its Q1 2022 report, Netflix subscriber numbers showed an overall loss for the first time ever, and the news of its Q2 2022 report was positive for some, because the streamer only lost 970,000 subscribers, putting the company at risk for two million more people.
This decision to remove Hemlock Grove could be seen as a cost-cutting procedure. Netflix is likely to do everything it can to keep the books moving, including finally offering a subscription option in the near future, and attempting to keep account sharing.
If Netflix decides to pluck Hemlock Grove away, it might be a sign that HBO Max''s approach will be slower than it previously thought, as it guts its animation content. Hence, Netflix''s version of this might be more direct on purpose.
Deliberately, the choice to take one of Netflix''s oldest shows and one that isn''t exactly discussed anymore feels appropriate. These moves likely mean you won''t be able to get these films without piracy, but by moving slowly Netflix may avoid fearing the public''s worries.