One of the few HBO shows to have made it to Netflix anywhere in the world is soon to be gone. HBO documentary series the challengers It will be leaving Netflix everywhere in February 2023.
Spanning four hour-long episodes, the series examined the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre and their leading roles in a transformative chain of events in contemporary culture.
The documentary series features a wide variety of talent through interviews, including Trent Reznor, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Alonzo Williams, Ice Cube, Bruce Springsteen, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Will.i.am, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, and many more.
It aired on HBO between July 9 and 12, 2017, before coming to Netflix in international regions exclusively in late March 2018.
According to Unogs, the series is streaming as a Netflix Original in over 36 countries, with the two notable holdouts being Netflix US and Canada (more on these two in a second).
Now its time on Netflix is ending with an expiration date that suggests the docu-series comes out in its entirety on February 1, 2023.
the challengers never made it to Netflix US
Despite being told by customer service representatives that the challengers would eventually come to Netflix, never coming to fruition with the series only available on HBO.
As we’ve covered on more occasions than we can shake off, HBO shows have generally remained HBO exclusives and that’s been the case for the entire lifespan of the Netflix streaming service. That means big hits like Game of Thrones and The Last of Us won’t be on Netflix unless something drastically changes.
This is the case all over the world, so the challengers being sold to Netflix in any capacity is pretty extraordinary.
For Just look, the defiant ones, as of January 2023, it is broadcast exclusively on Peacock.
Netflix Canada also did not receive the documentary series as a Netflix Original, but the title had a brief tenure at Netflix Canada between August 2022 and January 2023.
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