Late last year, over a dozen documentary and reality series from the A&E networks, including History, Lifetime and FYI shows, were added to Disney+ in many countries around the world. These shows covered various topics and themes, including weddings and selling second-hand goods.
At the time, these shows being added to Disney+ seemed a little random, since the selection was very random and also didn’t include all the seasons of some of these shows. While most of the shows did seem to go by unnoticed by the majority of subscribers, “Dancing Moms” has quickly become one of the most watched shows on Disney+ in the United States.
However, this week, several A&E shows have been quietly started to be removed from Disney+ in many countries around the world, including in the UK, Canada and Australia. However, it’s worth pointing out that the removals can vary between countries.
These shows include:
Best in Bridal
Bride & Prejudice
Love At First Flight
Celebrity Ghost Stories
My Ghost Story
I Want a Baby
Forged In Fire
Forged in Fire: Knife or Death
Storage Wars: Unlocked
Earlier this year, Disney removed over a hundred originals from its streaming services worldwide as part of an impairment charge to write off over $1.8 billion worth of content to help align its streaming business into profitability. At the same time, Disney did announce it had plans to start removing some licensed content from its streaming platforms also to save money.
Disney owns 50% of the A&E networks in the United States along with Hearst Communications. Internationally, Disney had to sell its share in the company following the purchase of 20th Century Fox. The loss of any content on Disney+ is unwelcome, but it does look as though this contract to provide Disney+ with a selection of A&E content was either a short-term licensing deal just to boost the amount of content available or possibly even a test to see if audiences would respond well to this type of content.
It’s unknown if these shows will return to Disney+ in the future or if the shows will also be removed in other countries, such as the United States. Since, unlike other streaming services, Disney+ doesn’t inform subscribers in advance when content will be removed.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.