Netflix's streaming library is shrinking in the future seeing that Starz content is going away
Confirmed through Netflix yesterday, it appears that they will no longer be offering any Starz related content starting early next year, Basically, roughly 1,000 titles from Netflix’s existing library are going to go away come March 1st – that’s when their current contract is set to expire. And it doesn't help when the two are unable to come up with a new agreement to continue their relationship. Ultimately, it’s going to reduce Netflix’s footprint in luring consumers into their grasp, which is something that hurts considering customers are now seeing the new price structure going into effect.
There’s no doubt that there is a long battle being played out in the streaming business, and with Netflix commanding a good stake in it right now, it’s rather depressing to know that some quality titles are going away in the future. Of course, they’ve been able to sustain their business by bringing their service to a variety of mobile devices, but it’s ultimately going to be the content that will keep customers engaged with the service.
Knowing that Starz content will be disappearing, will you be keeping a firm stand with Netflix? Or simply jump ship with another rival?
source: LA Times via BGR
1. Boat (unregistered)
I think i'll stay. It's still great.
2. clevername (Posts: 1435; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
What wasn't mentioned is that stars is responsible for the online distribution of Sony and Disney content. So streaming only customers such as console and smartphone users will miss the 1000 stars shows and also all the Disney and Sony content. Unfortunately im one of those poor souls.
28. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
You know what pisses me off to no end? These are the same companies that want you to stop pirating their crap. It was just a few months ago that people were watching more movies legally than they were by pirating. Then comes Netflix raising prices because the studios raise their price for Netflix having their content. Now comes this.
At this point, f**k the television and film industry. You want to make it harder for us to do things the legal way, I'll go back to getting it for free and those asshats won't see any of my money.
3. idaman12000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Probably go and see what other companies offer first
4. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i killed cable a while ago and went netflix/hulu only, so I'll be staying. Of course, that really sucks because some of the best content like the tudors, spartacus, and such will all be gone. Hopefully they make it up by getting more current movies more often.
6. Sellcell (Posts: 118; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)
I've had Netflix for the past couple of years, since they first started doing the streaming. I really have to say that I'm getting discouraged from sticking with them. Because of the price increase I now only do the instant streaming and their selection is very limited. I have stuck it out for the past couple of years because i figured the streaming was new and it would only get better. They just cant seem to figure out that the most the people out there aren't interested in 10 yr and older movies to watch. Most of their selection is either extremely out of date or is something that I've never heard of, like some 4th party film. Now with starz being taken away, I'll probably just drop them.
22. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Totally agree. Their streaming selection is GARBAGE, as far as movies go. It's good for television series'. Most people, myself included, would gladly pay more, like $20/month, for the streaming-only service if it had good content. Netflix should pay for the licensing from the movie studios and put their entire catalog online. I'd even pay $30/month for that!!!
7. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)
i was mad that my parents cancelled our subscription but after hearing this im a lot less angry
8. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
F Netflix man. I am so tired of the rate increases.
9. Nah (unregistered)
Hulu Plus will defiantly take over. It's cheaper and more updated, I don't really mind the short 10 second ads.
14. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
i have not tried Hulu soo im going try them next.. bye bye netflx higher prices, less content, i was a bit pissed off because they are missing alot of action movies i like to watch and other shows.. With theses movements ummm, yea der will leave netflix soon
21. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
hulu sucks for everything except current season shows. and they are way more limited than netflix with over all library. I have both netflix and hulu, my wife uses hulu to keep up with current episodes, but i barely ever watch it.
24. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
well then i guess im ss**t out of luck lol... well hopefully netflix just updates there library a bit sooner
27. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the expendables recently dropped on netflix. best movie theyve dropped in over a month.. lol
10. blah netflix (unregistered)
killed my subscription on the 21st, I am done with them, they are screwing up bigtime
11. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Goodbye Netflix. You're starting to become absolutely horrible.
13. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)
Just dropped streaming... I was running out of shows I wanted to watch.
I re-upped by DVD plan to 3 at a time, so I will go back to what I did before. Rent-n-rip:)
16. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)
Wow netflix im not happy about this at all
20. unknown mojo (unregistered)
Oh please. Everyone will jump ship to Hulu and once Hulu thinks they are big enough to justify a price increase they will do the same thing. If I want a dvd I'll stop and grab a redbox and return it the next day. $10 for the amount of content on netflix even without starz is an extremely good deal. I used to buy/rent entire series of tv shows and now just watch them whenever I want on Netflix. ITS A GREAT DEAL!
23. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Their streaming selection is GARBAGE, as far as movies go. It's good for television series'. Most people, myself included, would gladly pay more, like $20/month, for the streaming-only service if it had good content. Netflix should pay for the licensing from the movie studios and put their entire catalog online. I'd even pay $30/month for that!!!
25. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)
Yea I dropped the Netflix DVD option last year, and now with the price hike and more limited titles, it's just not becoming worth it.
Might switch to Hulu Plus..
Google TV FTW
26. Praetor II (unregistered)
If that happens, we'll be dropping them. We cancelled cable a few months ago and have been fine with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. But that's mostly due to Netflix carrying the Disney shows my girls love watching. If they lose those, we're gone. Where to? Probably UVerse.
I was hoping these services were the future....that they'd eventually begin offering a la carte channels. It's a really bad sign when the biggest streaming service is dramatically shrinking their content. Unless Amazon can really surge over the next few months these streaming service may go down as a short-lived fad....like skinny jeans.
29. vchar88503 (unregistered)
I cancelled my Netflix, the day after price increase was announced because of the Neflix's arrogance and thier thinking that consumers would "just suck it up". I rather do without. I am planning on going back to Blockbuster, although they don't offer the streaming quantity of netflix.vchar88
30. jj (unregistered)
if they don't start getting videos for streaming very soon, I am leaving. I can get redbox dvds much cheaper. I'm willing to give up DVD's for more streaming at $20 a month. Netflix better get this figured out soon or someone else will and they will quickly lose the market and be another one hit wonder.
32. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I have the streaming only package. I usually watch at least a movie or two a day. I exhausted the majority of good movies with my first month free promo. With that said, I have kept on because they have some decent stuff in the library and I have expanded my horizons. I am more than a movie buff and had the regional manager tell me I was ranked in the top ten users from California from my blockbuster account. Blockbusters a complete rip off and streaming is totally next gen, but with price increases, and less inventory, what's the point. Greed, bottom lines, bulls**t excuses the movie distributors raised prices so were just passing the buck... Sad. What I plan on doing is canceling soon, there are still few movies I want to see, also if you log into your account, you can cancel the last day of the month before your new cycle begins, so you can truly maximize your benefit. If you wait 3 months or 90 days, their system resets and you can re-enter your same email address or just get a new one from gmail and get another free trial month. By then they will have cycled at least another free months worth of decent titles to watch to make it worth your while. Don't get mad, just play the game!
33. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7039; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
The reason I don't stream NETFLIX is because they have less movies to stream than they do on DVD's. so what's the point in paying more since they raise the fees? i got rid of my streaming feature and back to DVD
35. cbas (unregistered)
Everyone seems to complain about content on Netflix, keep in mind it is 7.99 for unlimited viewing! One newly released flick from amazon/ blockbuster is $4-5. Although Netflix is a streaming company it cannot directly be compared unless Netflix limited you to 1 and 1/2 movies a month, different directions. They may benefit from adding such a service, though I would not use it for new releases are free if have the know how. I believe to be fully satisfied at a reasonable price you must diversify your entertainment sources. Netflix is for instant entertainment even if it is crap sometimes. I would much rather though all said in done spend 25 bucks a month if it meant there were better titles. This increase is a move in the right direction! more flow to acquire content. People are ridiculous losing their sh*t about 3 bucks...come on really? Go buy a pack of gum and a snickers...done
This frustration would be better directed towards ATT making limits on bandwidth and now charging overages for it.