Not everyone can be Netflix it turns out. Yahoo has revealed that it has decommissioned its video streaming division Yahoo Screen, an enterprise launched to allow the website giant to stream their own original television series. Yahoo Screen had three original programs to its name: Burning Love, Sin City Saints and Other Space, but people will most likely know it for its streaming of live sports events and it’s unlikely eleventh hour resurrection of the critically acclaimed sitcom Community, which it revived for a sixth season following its cancellation at NBC.
It’s perhaps no surprise to see Yahoo Screen go. A few months ago, Yahoo revealed that it lost 42 million dollars on the venture, and none of its shows, save Community, achieved anything close to the sort of popularity enjoyed by regular networks and other streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime. The company also cancelled the production of The Pursuit, a sitcom it had ordered for broadcast in 2016, in late October 2015.
“At Yahoo, we’re constantly reviewing and iterating on our products as we strive to create the best user experience,” a Yahoo representative explained to Variety. “With that in mind, video content from Yahoo as well as our partners has been transitioned from Yahoo Screen to our Digital Magazine properties so users can discover complementary content in one place.”
It remains to be seen what this dissolution means for Yahoo Screen’s small library of shows, but Community, at least, seems done and dusted. The cast’s contracts were allowed to expire last year.