FYI: Netflix Streaming Will Lose 1794 Movies Tomorrow - See What's On The List

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 30, 2013 9:03 PM
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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 11794 films will expire, and will no longer be available in Netflix's streaming library.

Why?

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...

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11 Comments

  • parisa | August 3, 2013 7:58 PMReply

    Put lost back on now I'm unsubscribing now

  • Tiffany | May 27, 2013 10:09 PMReply

    Well, the movies I may not miss so much but the Nick programming was a HUGE factor to our subscribing to Netflix to begin with. We don't have cable and my son now lost access to over a hundred episodes of spongebob and others. Very disappointed.

  • Curtis Caesar John | May 7, 2013 2:30 PMReply

    The biggest ones of consequence I saw, pertaining to S&A, was Cheryl Dunye's THE WATERMELON WOMAN and Gordon Parks' LEADBELLY

    There are some good movies on here I would've liked to see or see again. Thankfully, it's not a quick kill but they'll be expiring over the next few days and week. After a quick review, including: Everyday Sunshine (the Fishbone doc, that I didn't even know was on Netflix), Tyrannosaur (which is not about a dino), The Panic in Needle Park, Robotech (1985), the 1941 Superman cartoons, to name a few.

  • CareyCarey | May 1, 2013 12:27 PMReply

    I have happily started seeing more films from black filmmakers that I truly enjoy (Dee Rees' Pariah comes to mind), and certainly a cinematographer the likes of Bradford Young could give you the level of imagery, but I don't know if I have seen the kind of work which would suggest that there is a director out there who could bring the depth and nuance to a project like Octavia Bulter's Parable of the Sower, an obvious choice for a major film, in my opinion. ~ S&A Reader

    "CareyCarey, are you lost? This post is focused on Netflix removing 1800 titles and the ensuing opinions on that decision. So what's up with the above quote?"

    Easy Miss Greasy, don't make your move to soon 'cause when I focus on the mission of Shadow and Act, I believe the quote fits this discussion. You know, some folks are saying they love Netflix and others are saying the removed titles were super old and a bunch of crap. Well, I have Netflix and I didn't buy it to watch House of Cards nor newer titles. I was hunting for black films. That's right, black documentaries, black films, and those lost jewels S&A has been known to suggest, was my main reason for purchasing Netflix.

    "But Carey, what does any of that have to do with the above quote?"

    Gee-wiz Mr. Speedy, haven't you heard that patience is man's greatest virtue? If you have not, sit down, be patient and let this ol' drunk uncle drop a little wisdom your way. Now listen, if I had to pick one channel that I could not do without, it would be - TCM (Turner Classic Movies).

    "Damn Carey, they only show "black films" during Black History Month and they're generally reduced to films starring Sidney Poitier, so isn't your love of TCM contradictory to why you purchased Netflix"

    Well, it's nice to know you're reading along but that necessarily true... "contradictory" would not be the word I'd use. I mean, although I said Netflix was my avenue to find an array of black films, I was looking for the best we have to offer. Granted, one man's garbage is another man's treasure... and your blues may not be like mine (as the sayings go) however, in reference to films on TCM, that is were "Quality", Excellence and Superiority were born. Most of the present film-makers (if not all) pale in comparison to those being shown on TCM.

    "Oh lord Carey, are you implying that black film-makers, for the most part, are falling below the curve?"

    Well, I stand accused but don't make me say it... but somebody did-->"I don't know if I have seen the kind of work which would suggest that there is a black director out there who could bring the depth and nuance to a project like Octavia Bulter's Parable of the Sower. ~ Avid S&A reader.

    In short, I am a loooong time avid film watcher. Before Netflix, Internet and cable tv, I watched movies as a source of entertainment. In doing so, the best actors, best directors and well-written stories caught my eye. It made no difference whether or not the artist was Black, White or Chinese, if they were botching the damn thang, I was (and to this day, I am) an equal opportunity channel changer.

  • Vince | May 1, 2013 10:52 AMReply

    Except the link isn't working for the list...

  • Erin | May 1, 2013 10:31 AMReply

    Well i know i wont be paying more for all these other channels. My years and years of netlflix have been awesome. Heck i cancelled TV all together. Netflix has been an innovator amd im here to stay!

  • CVB | May 1, 2013 4:50 AMReply

    I looked at a few pages on the list. Netflix isn't losing much at all. The films were super old, titles I didn't recognize and a bunch of crap. No great films that I could see. Make better television Netflix and you'll be just fine.

  • ALM | May 1, 2013 12:02 AMReply

    "....which would mean saying goodbye to TV series from Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1 and BET".

    Would anyone really be upset by a loss of access to the four channels above? I doubt it.
    Netflix is still winning.

  • Ms | April 30, 2013 11:24 PMReply

    Considering Netflix has spent way more than 100 million a year in license fees, I'm not sure House of Cards and their other original content is the problem. More likely, studios and TV channels are gouging license fee prices or simply withholding content to maximize profits through their own channels, as Warner's clearly wants to do with their archive. And Netflix original programming isn't only meant to draw new customers but to keep customers from leaving once these license fees issues crop up. If you're at all invested in a second season of Cards or you're an Arrested Development fan, you're much more likely to stay even if Netflix loses a sizable chunk of its library.

  • A'Dawn | April 30, 2013 10:53 PMReply

    Great. Continue to fragment the market. Between Warner, Netflix, Redbox Instant, etc. it's going to get more expensive to stream anything.

    What is Netflix really getting out of all the original programming, save for the publicity for "Arrested Development"? Sure, HoC got great reviews, but at $100M, what do they get out of their investment? It doesn't seem like they're getting more subscribers. In fact, with all the licensing fee expirations, seems like they're gonna lose a bunch.

  • SP | May 1, 2013 10:19 AM

    A'DAWN - " It doesn't seem like they're getting more subscribers"? Have you tried looking at the financials? Netflix GAINED over 3 million subscribers in the first 3 months of 2013. In the previous 3 months they gained nearly 4 million subs.

    And they attribute the increase to, you guessed it - "House of Cards". Everyone I know that has Netflix has watched HoC and loved it. Not saying everyone will, but enough people talked about it to get Neflix 7M customers in 6 months. Pretty good no matter how you look at the situation.

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