Netflix users are expressing some serious holiday outraged after How The Grinch Stole Christmas was pulled off the streaming service. According to the Daily Mail, UK Netflix subscribers woke up to discover that the live-action Jim Carrey film was no longer available to them, and rather than holding hands and singing joyously together, they are making their anger known. "Imagine channeling your inner Scrooge and ruining Christmas by taking the Grinch off your platform," one person wrote, "Thanks @NetflixUK kids crying."
The grinch has been on Netflix since July?? And now it’s December 1st they’ve took it off??? Is this an actual joke??? CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED pic.twitter.com/XAru9S6puc— SARA LOU TURNBULL (@T22SRA) December 1, 2019
"How is it that I pay for FIVE different streaming services and not one of them has the Grinch available in December???" another user asked in frustration.
"Netflix took the Grinch off today. I watched it last night. It's my favourite film of all time right, but today is the first of December and they took the Grinch off," someone else tweeted.
@NetflixUK how come you guys have taken The Grinch off Netflix on the 1st December?🤔 It was on there yesterday. I dont think the Grinch stole Christmas, you guys have 🤷🏼♂️— Cameron Smith (@smith_cameron19) December 1, 2019
The Netflix's Help Center eventually chimed in and offered an explanation as to why the film was taken off the service in the U.K., saying, "Netflix licenses TV shows and movies from studios and content providers around the world, and those licenses can expire if we don't renew them."
"Though we strive to keep the content you want to see, we acquire licensing rights for TV shows and movies for a certain period of time - not indefinitely - so some titles do leave Netflix," the company added.
"If a TV show or movie you love is leaving, it indicates that our licensing agreement with the content provider is about to end," Netflix also said. "Whenever a TV show or movie is expiring, we evaluate whether or not to renew it using the same criteria we apply to potential new content."
Charlotte loves the grinch, went to put it on Netflix (as I have been doing for the last month😂) and they have took it off, before Christmas.. such losers & Iv got a raging 2 year old thanks Netflix, nothing good to watch on it anymore #Netflix #cancelled— Ashhhh (@ashleyferrierx) December 1, 2019
At this time, How the Grinch Stole Christmas remains available on Netflix in the United States.