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Why Netflix is Removing Christian Movies

Why is Netflix Removing Christian Movies?

INTRODUCTION

 

An article about Netflix removing Christian movies went viral in 2016 and has not gone away. Is it time to revisit?

 

THE ORIGIN OF THE RUMOR

 

The original article was titled: “Netflix to remove all Christian content after complaints from Muslims.” 

 

It was published online on 29 March 2016 by NewsThump UK, which describes itself as “Spoof News and Satire.” 

 

The rest is history; it went viral on social media as a fact, though the NewsThump website states it is in the business of publishing stories with exaggerated or fictional content. 

 

These might be in bad taste, but it is not meant to be taken as legitimate news.

 

NETFLIX’S STANCE ON CHRISTIAN MOVIES

 

In 2024, Christian movies are still well represented on Netflix in the Faith and Spirituality category under the billboard: “When life gets hard, you’ve got to have faith.”

 

It has a substantial and diverse collection of Christian movies available, catering to a range of preferences within the faith-based audience. This representation could include various genres, styles, and themes within Christian filmmaking.

 

WHY MOVIES ARE REMOVED FROM NETFLIX

 

Netflix, like any business, has its primary goal to generate profit. Thus, the subscribers’ demand and viewership patterns influence the content catalogue. 

 

Additionally, legal considerations, such as licensing agreements and regional restrictions, are crucial in determining what movies are added and removed. For this reason, content varies according to countries, areas, and the individual. 

 

Netflix’s strategy is to engage users and keep them subscribed by providing content that aligns with their interests. What comes up when you scroll is based on your history of likes and dislikes.

 

THE DEMAND FOR CHRISTIAN CONTENT

 

GENERAL TRENDS

Google Trends showed an all-time popularity for Christian movies for December 2023And the previous high was in April 2020.

The highest-grossing films of all time are the following: 

The Passion Of The Christ $622.3 million

Heaven Is For Real $101.3 million

The Shack $96.9 million

I Can Only Imagine $86 million

War Room $74 million

Miracles From Heaven $73.9 million

Son of God, $70.95 million

God’s Not Dead $64.7 million

The Star $62.8 million 

HIGHEST SEARCH VOLUME ONLINE

Last year, in 2023, the movie Jesus Revolution became very popular. It is the historical telling of The Jesus Movement that swept the US in the late 60s and early 70s. Rotten Tomatoes gave this Christian movie only 54%, but the audience scored it 99%.

The highest search volume in 2024 is for the Christian movie: “I Still Believe.” It is the story of Christian music songwriter Jeremy Camp and his first wife, Melissa Lynn Henning-Camp, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer before their wedding day. 

It shows what God has done amidst all the hard things I went through: hope amid pain,” Jeremy said. Rotten Tomatoes scored a lousy 49%, but the audience enjoyed it and scored 98%.

ALTERNATIVES TO NETFLIX FOR CHRISTIAN VIEWERS

 

Netflix is by no means the only platform for faith-based movies for Christians. Other subscription-based streaming services are popular, too.

 

If you would like to check out alternatives, in no particular order, here is a list:

 

PureFlix

They pledge to bring you quality movies and programs celebrating Faith, Family, and Country.

TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network)

It is a prominent Christian channel with an extensive content library.

Dove Channel

For heartwarming stories and inspirational films.

CrossFlix+ 

For faith and family movies.

Minno

 For a wholesome and entertaining experience for kids.

New Faith Network

They claim to offer the most extensive collection of Christian movies. Current favorites are Beautiful One, Two To Tangle, and Love Again.

 

CONCLUSION

 

In this digital age, the abundance of Christian content is not confined to one platform, Netflix. And you might find some of the best Christian movies when you ventures beyond the familiar. 

 

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