Fans are frustrated that they can't catch up on seasons 1 and 2, of The Strain, which airs on FX. Why is this? Netflix has always been fairly good at getting ahold of FX shows including the likes of Bob’s Burgers, Archer, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, American Horror Story and Louie to name but a few. We’re going to take a look as to why Netflix doesn’t currently have the streaming rights in the US and we’ll also take a look abroad too.
Let’s take a quick step back and see what all the craze is about with The Strain. FX has reigned supreme in recent years, giving new life and hope to an old horror genre. Horror movies have been slammed in recent years for being too predictable which after all, that’s half the charm of a great horror movie. FX has found a niche with American Horror Story and Tyrant, and they are capitalising on that market.
Although part of the charm is the mysteriousness of The Strain is the fact we don’t know too much about what’s causing all these people to die, we can tell you that it comes from the mind of Guillermo del Toro.
As we’ve mentioned above, Netflix has a solid library of FX titles but it doesn’t look like The Strain will be one of them. FX has split its licensing between two streaming platforms, but all its new content appears to have chosen Hulu Plus as their preferred place to stream their show. Hulu Plus is, and will continue to be, The Strain's exclusive streaming site, at least for the next few years.
Although the success of American Horror Story on Netflix is quite substantial Netflix seems to prefer more family-friendly shows such as those produced from The CW and putting a preference on their own produced content.