BBC Earth Library Leaving Netflix in December 2019

Planet Earth – Picture: BBC

The entire BBC Earth library on Netflix is scheduled to leave Netflix on December 3rd, 2019. It’ll see the removal of 13 TV documentary series in total with titles such as Planet Earth, Life Story, Frozen Planet and Blue Planet.

Netflix has benefited over the past years in the nature documentary department massively from the BBC. It’s made significant strides in recent years to boost its own output in the genre bringing on its own talents including James Honeyborne from Freeborne Media.

Here’s the full list of the series set to depart from Netflix on December 3rd.

  • Africa
  • Blue Planet II
  • Frozen Planet
  • Life
  • Life on Location
  • Life Story
  • Nature’s Great Events
  • Nature’s Great Events: The Diaries
  • Planet Earth: The Complete Collection
  • Planet Earth II
  • The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans
  • The Hunt
  • The Making of Frozen Planet

Where will the BBC Earth library stream next?

The BBC’s output in the US on streaming networks has become massively fragmented over the past few years. Some of their top-flight series have been split between Acorn TV and Britbox. Some others have been split between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and more recently, HBO Max.

The move isn’t completely unprecedented given that Discovery and the BBC announced a partnership earlier in 2019. It was cited as the largest content deal the BBC had done at the time. Discovery’s yet to be announced streaming service will house this series and all the future BBC nature series it is set to develop.

Beyond just the new streaming service, Discovery and the BBC are also working closely in the United Kingdom on ordinary paid TV too.

Could the BBC Earth titles come back to Netflix?

Not in the short to mid-term as the deal struck will supposedly last for ten years.

You can see the other titles set to leave Netflix in the United States in our ongoing list here.