I’m a little late on this…
In case you haven’t heard, Netflix’s streaming catalog is about to say goodbye to close to almost 1800 movies.
As of tomorrow, May 1, 1794 films will expire, and will no longer be available in Netflix’s streaming library.
What else – licensing.
In short, several of these 1794 titles belong to Warner Bros (as well as MGM and Universal), and Warner Bros now has its own online streaming service called Warner Archive Instant, where some of these films will now be available to you for $9.99 a month.
I’m not expecting many to leave Netflix for Warner Bros’ streaming service however, despite the expirations.
Browsing through the list of 1794, very few films got my attention. Although I didn’t go through the entire list.
However, as others warn, this purge could be a sign of things to come, as it was earlier this month when Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that he was considering allowing a Netflix/Viacom TV deal to lapse after the end of May; which would mean saying goodbye to TV series from Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1 and BET, all no longer available in Netflix’s streaming library.
I suppose now that Netflix is investing tens of millions of dollars ($100 million went into House Of Cards) producing its own original content, paying licensing fees to these studios becomes less attractive.
But you can go through the full list of 1794 titles for yourselves HERE, in case there’s anything you want to watch in the next few hours…