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Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 29, 2013 7:59 PM
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Earlier today, in my post on the 6 films from Spike Lee's list of 86 essentials that are currently streaming on Netflix, I mentioned that the ridiculously low number of titles available for streaming, spoke to ongoing complaints voiced by many Netflix users, frustrated with the service's lack of "in-demand" titles.

I'm sure, like me, many of you who use the service, have found yourselves often exasperated while searching for films you really want to watch (whether old or recent), only to find out that they aren't available to stream on Netflix. And so you go elsewhere, like Amazon, or look for the film on DVD instead, assuming your Netflix account allows for DVD rentals as well.

Netflix did address this matter recently, as you can see in the video below, which I stumbled upon while researching the issue of rights to content. Essentially, Netflix re-emphasizes the fact that it's more of a channel than a library of every film that's ever been made. And, really, it comes down to money and rights to content. In short, it's currently cheaper and easier to buy DVD rights, than it is to buy the rights to stream every movie and television show we all would love to see offered by the service.

As the host of the video states, that's, in part, how they're able to keep the cost of the service so low at $7.99 a month. Although, I really don't see how they can thrive without eventually raising prices. I think it's inevitable, especially as costs to produce and acquire content becomes even more competitive, but for the buyers bidding on rights to the films and TV shows audiences crave.

So Netflix wants you to think of it as more of a curator of content, or a TV network like HBO or Showtime, with a limited library of films that's rotated periodically, and some original series of its own. Doing so, I think, will make it easier to wrap your mind around how the company operates - assuming you're one of the frustrated.

What I found most interesting is that Netflix doesn't outright own the original series it's been releasing this year - from House Of Cards, to Orange Is The New Black, most recently. It's merely licensing them, meaning, eventually, they'll be available on other platforms. I'll have to ponder how that affects the company's long-term growth prospects, if they can't continuously capitalize on these series for years to come, and on other formats, as they become ubiquitous.

But don't take my word for it. Here's Netflix explaining its programming strategy to you, the consumer:

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98 Comments

  • Xenite | July 22, 2014 8:24 PMReply

    I've been using Netflix forever. I agree with everyone else who recalls this once offered some excellent selections, long ago, before the "infamous" price increase. When they still had a contract with Starz there was more definitely more content, more worthwhile content, I should say. This lack of selection is a perennial complaint, and has been since they knocked Blockbuster and everyone else out of the running.

    Does everyone recall the sales pitch we got when they doubled the price if you wished to continue both streaming and getting DVD's? We were told that DVD's were soon going to be passe, Netflix was raising rates to encourage everyone to "move over to streaming" bc, really, it was getting prohibitively expensive to maintain the DVD selection AND streaming service... Once the DVD's were gone, the streaming selection was going to get SO MUCH BETTER... (DO people recall that 1st class snow job?)

    Well, surprise, surprise! The DVD service is, in fact, alive and well, contrary to what we were told. The streaming selection has not only NOT improved, it has gone down the toilet. When I still got DVD's, too, I recall just having a short wait before you actually got the "in demand" movies (depending on where you were on that list). Well, "in demand" content for streaming sure isn't happening! As Netflix hasn't renewed with channels like Stars, the selection grows smaller and more obscure, sucking more and more. (Let me point out that I am also one who likes the independent and odd foreign movies, so it's not like I'm looking for blockbusters. The people who want those must REALLY be hurting units. lol. Case in point, I searched for a crappy made-for-tv movie that ran on ScyFy years ago, and of course Netflix does not have it. Amazon did, but naturally, not for Prime!

    And what's that caca about Netflix rotating the selection around? Maybe that's true of the kid stuff, which I never watch, but, for the most part the "newly added" selections are anything but new. And most of them aren't worth watching anyhow.

    Of course, this is just the way of the world today. You come up with a new service or technology and offer primo selections until you've developed your base and made sure the competition is n0 longer viable. Once you're making enough money, it's downhill, because the alternative is cable, which is a MAJOR rip-off. As for alternatives there are: Hulu with their throw away free channels and shows no-one has ever heard of, in Korean, no less. There is Prime, but they're pulling the same nonsense as Netflix. Anything decent on Prime is ala carte. RedBox is great unless you want tv shows, and unless you live in East COWDUNK where the boxes are miles out of the way. There is no real competition for Netflix - so lots of luck waiting for things too improve.

    There is ONE thing one can rely on - the prices will continue to inflate while the quality continues to plummet. Unless some other business comes along that that gives Netflix a run for its money to struggle to hold onto its customers - DON'T EXPECT much more than this.

  • Kayla Hernandez | May 6, 2014 6:21 PMReply

    Please update your shows! I hate starting a new show and having to wait for the next season then miss the new season on tv because I'm a season behind! Please I love netflix, but not being able to see all of the season makes it sort of not worth the time.

  • Malu | May 4, 2014 7:50 PMReply

    What is terribly sad is that Netflix is not what it was in the beginning, and it makes a huge difference. I'm contemplating to end my subscription because of it. When I started with Netflix, I had all the greatest movies ever made at my fingertips, I could teach my students with them, I learnt a lot making my own private film festivals of a director or actor, etc, I shared great stuff with my kids. I don't like what most people like, I probably hate what most people like, so Netflix has totally screwed that beautiful place where I lived for many hours of my life. I can't stand Hollywood movies and think that most TV programs suck. I'm the kind of person that would have sat down to watch Fellini, Godard trilogies, I love the Wire (at least first seasons) and British comedy shows. loved it when it passed to streamlining, but then, the quality dropped vertiginously and the "top pics" for me, and recommendations are awful, out of an entire genre I'm lucky if I find one watchable movie. Yes, I see Taxi Driver and Raging Bull but all the good stuff is watered down by a lot of crap with 1-2 stars, also I used to live in Brooklyn, I don't like most of what my newer community likes, not to mention that I already saw many times those great movies mentioned above and I'd like to see other movies but they never come, and the same crap stays on my genre lists for months on end! I wouldn't mind to pay triple, no 4 times if I could see the movies that match my taste. That is that material point, commercial-free movies that align with each group of costumers taste, not the crap it has become!

  • Dakota | April 22, 2014 11:59 PMReply

    OH thank god the movie rubber was put on netflix and sharknado. What would we do with out those?! No seriously put even a little effort into picking movies and shows next time.

  • Dakota | April 22, 2014 11:59 PMReply

    OH thank god the movie rubber was put on netflix and sharknado. What would we do with out those?! No seriously put even a little effort into picking movies and shows next time.

  • Dakota | April 22, 2014 11:58 PMReply

    OH thank god the movie rubber was put on netflix and sharknado. What would we do with out those?! No seriously put even a little effort into picking movies and shows next time.

  • Eddie Hernandez | April 19, 2014 5:50 PMReply

    No matter how you cut or slice, choices are very limited.

  • Eddie Hernandez | April 19, 2014 5:50 PMReply

    No matter how you cut or slice, choices are very limited.

  • Greg | April 2, 2014 4:33 PMReply

    I can appreciate taking the view that Netflix is more like a channel than a library, it really helps to put it into perspective. I've been a customer for several years on and off mostly on, and in comparing the various online services you'll find many of the same titles. Many titles just will not be available on any of them regardless of popularity.

  • Thomas | March 30, 2014 10:03 AMReply

    Add fresh prince of bel air douches

  • Glenda | March 29, 2014 12:17 PMReply

    I want to find the Movie Thirteen days, can not find it why doesn't Netflix have it come out 2000

  • Ruggles | March 22, 2014 5:39 PMReply

    I have had titles in my DVD queue for more than a year. When I questioned this by sending an e-mail to their S & M group because the CEO conveniently DOES NOT have a direct e-mail address, the titles I asked about disappeared from my queue. Isn't it fraud to offer something you don't have? Maybe it's time for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Netflix.

  • Momez | March 22, 2014 11:05 AMReply

    Have just started my trial month with netflix and I'm amazed at the limited choice of titles. I was initially attracted by the price, but it's pretty obvious you can't have it both ways. I've seen some suggestions here for tiered pricing and that's gotta be the way... I'd definitely cough up a few more pounds for a greater choice. The fact is the is, the owners of the big titles got us all by the balls and their squeeze as much dough as they can out of us all. I'll be cancelling my sub after the free month. However, gonna keep an eye on the situation and will probably re-sub if the bring in a tiered pricing model.

  • Momez | March 22, 2014 11:05 AMReply

    Have just started my trial month with netflix and I'm amazed at the limited choice of titles. I was initially attracted by the price, but it's pretty obvious you can't have it both ways. I've seen some suggestions here for tiered pricing and that's gotta be the way... I'd definitely cough up a few more pounds for a greater choice. The fact is the is, the owners of the big titles got us all by the balls and their squeeze as much dough as they can out of us all. I'll be cancelling my sub after the free month. However, gonna keep an eye on the situation and will probably re-sub if the bring in a tiered pricing model.

  • Angry Netflix User | March 8, 2014 3:03 PMReply

    So, The bullshit I cant take is when I search for a movie, lets say Howl's Moving Castle, It doesnt pop up the movie, but it pops up things saying "Related to Howl's Moving Castel" Why not just put that movie in there if you know people are searching it. IDGAF about the cost of the service so long as I get to watch the movies. As of right now, I dont need your service. Get it together netflix.

  • Smart Person | March 16, 2014 3:48 AM

    No one really "needs" netflix......it is more of a want i think....

  • Smart Person | March 16, 2014 3:48 AM

    No one really "needs" netflix......it is more of a want i think....

  • Smart Person | March 16, 2014 3:48 AM

    No one really "needs" netflix......it is more of a want i think....

  • Smart Person | March 16, 2014 3:46 AM

    No one really "needs" netflix......it is more of a want i think....

  • walterbyrd | March 2, 2014 1:10 PMReply

    Free offers better selection.

    I can do better going to directly to channels websites. For example, "Walking Dead" episodes are offered much sooner on the AMC channel website. My wife likes food network, and cooking channel, again much better to go to those channels websites.

    Get a $35 Chromecast, and easily cast to television. Or use a $1.50 HDMI cable.

  • msg | March 2, 2014 10:58 AMReply

    what a bunch of mumbo jumbo. basically just talked in a circle.
    "we won't give you what you want right now, but if enough of you keep watching we just might have that movie or show that you want in the future. but probably not because the stuff you really want costs too much, and we're making enough money from the people who don't really care that we don't have the really good stuff."

    I was a subscriber when they had the contract with Starz and when streaming was just starting. I'd just stumbled onto streaming back then, and it felt like a bit of an underground entertainment gold mine. they had all sorts of great films, lots of good indie stuff, and I found myself with my 3 dvd's stacking up collecting dust, not watching what I'd ordered because the streaming catalog was so good. I was rarely in the mood for what I had in my queue by the time it arrived. and now it seems like the catalog consists mostly of a bunch of crummy films that can't even get a B rating and just a bunch of tv shows. this is nothing to be excited about, so I don't understand touting this as some great offering or value. don't get me wrong, I do enjoy access to some of these tv programs, but what I'd really like is to have access to a proper catalog of films, and not just the mostly low budget, straight to dvd, throw-away stuff. Isn't this the garbage that people use Crackle and other free Roku channels for? it's like you almost get better options on basic cable, and even commercial interruption seems borderline less annoying than the disappointment of paying for a service that just plain sucks after being great at one point.

    I was pretty happy with Netflix when the only/popular rental model was still DVDs from standalone stores. it was a hassle going there, and hassle making returns. I never really could get them back on time, though I always seemed to be able to manage it the day after... go figure. Now, streaming has really taken off and DVD's just aren't convenient anymore. for me, it's about viewing mood and accessibility. once you've had a taste for a nice streaming catalog, nothing else compares. this was several years ago, yet I still can't seem to close my Netflix account, even after the price increase where they decided to charge everyone more for less.

    I see statements about how DVD's [rental] are still a long term viable market, but I'm not so sure that would be the case were there the option of an equal streaming catalog. DVD rental seems terribly limiting now; archaic almost. There are still those collectors who want to own the films they watch. I'm not one of them. I would, instead, prefer ready access to a proper catalog.

    like some of the other readers here I would gladly pay more to have access to greater streaming catalog. as it stands now, it's pretty disappointing when you go to search for something only to come up empty handed. on pretty much everything.

  • Gerry | February 28, 2014 1:30 PMReply

    I'd stayed with them because they had dr who and a quality anime selection which crucnhyroll lacked. And then I got excited when they put shows that had been cancelled on nickelodeon and CN, it was like a trip down memory lane. I can understand taking the "90s kids" shows off but the anime - seriously, Ghost in a shell, Vandread, CLANNAD, angel beats, Naruto etc?! Their available selection of anime is down to 7 or 8 shows that can either be watched on funimation's channel or shows that nobody even likes.
    I'm not paying for rubbish indie films from random college film students or "artistic films" and the quality of Dr Who episodes have steadily been declining, it's as if the scriptwriters and special effects people don't care anymore (not that it's netflix's fault).
    I don't even know how to suggest shows to them/complain.
    Anyway there's no point of keeping my subscription.

  • Gneo Pompeo | February 25, 2014 12:27 AMReply

    I would gladly pay 3 times as much fee to have all movies availablew streaming.

  • mark | February 17, 2014 8:33 PMReply

    apart from a couple of Tv series the rest of the content is so limited, poor selection of movies and often they make many of them only available on DVD ( for an extra 7.99) Free month then its ByeBye, You could do better Netflix

  • Bill | February 14, 2014 10:42 PMReply

    I can't believe Netflix is so popular. I just signed up for the trial month
    There is nothing good on here either old or new
    The best/worst are the ridiculous crappy suggestions they give you when you search even basic standard classics like Rocky, Jaws or the Godfather
    Seriously this is complete garbage and I'm
    cancelling the free month.

  • Pete | February 5, 2014 3:44 PMReply

    This has probably already been suggested, but why not structured or tiered pricing plans. $7.99 being the lowest tier and $15.99 or even 18.99 being the highest tier. With a middle of the road package of maybe $11.99. The higher the price the more or better titles. I can't even count the number of times I have spent an hour or more looking for something to watch. A particular title, movie, or TV episode, eventually getting to the point of saying "the hell with it" and walking away from the computer or TV, thinking is $7.99 really worth it? I would, for one, be willing to pay a few extra dollars a month to be able to watch what I set out to watch. I would kick Comcast as well as Direct TV to the curb for an expanded Netflix. Think about it for a second, starting at $60+ a month for cable or satellite, vs. $30 for an all inclusive level of Netflix. These cable and satellite companies are out of control with their insane prices. They all need some real competition. Just my $.02

  • Pete | February 5, 2014 3:42 PMReply

    This has probably already been suggested, but why not structured or tiered pricing plans. $7.99 being the lowest tier and $15.99 or even 18.99 being the highest tier. With a middle of the road package of maybe $11.99. The higher the price the more or better titles. I can't even count the number of times I have spent an hour or more looking for something to watch. A particular title, movie, or TV episode, eventually getting to the point of saying "the hell with it" and walking away from the computer or TV, thinking is $7.99 really worth it? I would, for one, be willing to pay a few extra dollars a month to be able to watch what I set out to watch. I would kick Comcast as well as Direct TV to the curb for an expanded Netflix. Think about it for a second, starting at $60+ a month for cable or satellite, vs. $30 for an all inclusive level of Netflix. These cable and satellite companies are out of control with their insane prices. They all need some real competition. Just my $.02

  • Steve | February 4, 2014 2:22 PMReply

    Great service and streaming but a lack of even the most popular films, new and old! So iv'e cancelled subscription.

  • Moogland | February 3, 2014 10:14 PMReply

    Netflix is great. But they have their pros and cons. They have great video quality and the website and app are both easy to use. But sometimes I can't find the show or movie I want to watch or it's unavailable to stream. Also sometimes if a show has multiple seasons that have already aired, Netflix will only have less than half of the seasons. This bothers me because if I start watching something, I want to watch it until the very end. I hope other people have noticed this problem and I hope Netflix has too so they can fix this problem and make people that have experienced this problem enjoy Netflix more.

  • becky | February 1, 2014 12:11 AMReply

    Yal need to update the series yal have it would be so much better an put on some movies that people like cause these movies put me to sleep an I'm hard to bore.

    Thanks

  • Peggy | January 26, 2014 10:51 PMReply

    I got rid of it because they threatened to get rid of disks and I only had wifi so I couldn't stream, then when I picked it back up they forced me into streaming. Now that I have streaming, every movie I want to see is ON DISK. Which I have to pay for separately. Netflix sucks.

  • brian | January 26, 2014 9:33 PMReply

    thinking about get rid Netflix. seems 9 out of ten times they don't have the show I am looking for. Why should I keep something that does not expand . It seems they never get that many new items worth while watching.

  • NRS | January 29, 2014 10:38 AM

    It's crazy how Netflix will have a series then just drop it.
    It's just wasting time if you don't continue with the series, that's why I watch it to have commercial free viewing some of the tv series that I enjoy.
    For example, justified, Homeland, which has three seasons but only showed season one.
    You can do better Netflix

  • Kathy | January 20, 2014 5:52 PMReply

    I would like to point out that while hollywood is turning out lots of very bad movies that cost millions of $, independant film makers produce much better movies at a fraction of the cost. Maybe it's time for a change. We should ask ourselves why we are prepared to pay actors and directors much more money then they deserve. I agree that acting is a very important job, we obviously need entertainment but why does it cost so much?

    The other point I would like to make about Netflix is why do the best classic movies like film noir etc cost to much? Surely a film like 'To Have and Have Not' has paid for itself over and over again. We watched it at the cimema, we bought the VHS tape, we bought the DVD and it's over 50 years old. Isn't it about time we got it for free?

  • Glenn | January 19, 2014 12:29 PMReply

    33,000,000 people world wide are paying $8 a month? That comes out to $264,000,000 a month, 3.168 BILLION a year! And they can't afford to get every movie ever made? Eventually they'll have to raise prices???? Are you kidding me?

  • Dave's Deluxe | January 16, 2014 12:51 PMReply

    Netflix: another stellar corporate justification for piracy

  • Steve | January 8, 2014 2:19 PMReply

    Apple. Apple is patiently negotiating with all the major studios, cable networks, etc.. It may take another couple of years (quicker if they still had Steve Jobs), but like music and iTunes, my prediction is that Apple TV will be the first to bring us everything.

  • Wyatt Smith | January 7, 2014 10:13 PMReply

    I Googled "why does Netflix" and google automatically filled in suck. I know why. All they carry for streaming is the cheap crappy movies nobody in there right mind would own. Not one Wes Anderson? Really? Judd Apatow? Ever here of him? Its ridiculous. They are a joke of a channel if they want to be considered one. My own little 60 blu ray collection is more entertaining. I am only on my trial period and I can't see actually paying for the insult.

  • Wyatt Smith | January 7, 2014 10:12 PMReply

    I Googled "why does Netflix" and google automatically filled in suck. I know why. All they carry for streaming is the cheap crappy movies nobody in there right mind would own. Not one Wes Anderson? Really? Judd Apatow? Ever here of him? Its ridiculous. They are a joke of a channel if they want to be considered one. My own little 60 blu ray collection is more entertaining. I am only on my trial period and I can't see actually paying for the insult.

  • Beezerbomb | January 4, 2014 12:44 AMReply

    I rented Netflix disks for years until they became more frequently shoddy and arrived broken, but at least they had an impressive library. I switched over to streaming and am appalled at how few titles i can find that i want to watch. Will likely drop it very soon. And that video IS an insult. They're clearly risk-averse and will only carry a huge amount of crap movies/series that pander to dummy Americans. What a reduction, Netflix.

  • Victoria | December 28, 2013 7:06 PMReply

    As with most corporate entities, Netflix executives show their disdain for their customer base by assuming that the bulk of us have are dumber than rocks. By refusing to negotiate with top TV providers such as History Channel and cough up the bucks, the above-offered 'Netflix Quick Guide by Ms. McCabe is a downright insult to many a user. Does the upper management truly believe this talking-head 'we will forego what is not watched enough relative to the cost' is something we actually accept? Instead of budgeting properly, they throw money away on B-grade movies (mostly Japanese - no offense to that culture) and D-grade Horror flicks and toss them to us as though we actually expressed an interest in watching 'nothing but the worst.' Check the ratings given by members on those movies and TV shows. Doesn't anyone there know how to data-crunch? There has been no indication to me in the years I have subscribed that they have respected user preferences; rather, they dictate what we SHOULD watch as though we're too dense to know what's really good for us. I do appreciate the lack of advertising on Netflix (the reason I still keep it), and the occasional bone they toss in order to keep my monthly $7.99 coming in, but frankly, I wonder if THEY sit at home and watch D-grade movies... because that's what the corporate Netflix intellect reflects and indicates.

  • Victoria | December 28, 2013 6:55 PMReply

    As with most corporate entities, Netflix executives show their disdain for their customer base by assuming that the bulk of us have are dumber than rocks. By refusing to negotiate with top TV providers such as History Channel and cough up the bucks, the above-offered 'Netflix Quick Guide by Ms. McCabe is a downright insult to many a user. Does the upper management truly believe this talking-head 'we will forego what is not watched enough relative to the cost' is something we actually accept? Instead of budgeting properly, they throw money away on B-grade movies (mostly Japanese - no offense to that culture) and D-grade Horror flicks and toss them to us as though we actually expressed an interest in watching 'nothing but the worst.' Check the ratings given by members on those movies and TV shows. Doesn't anyone there know how to data-crunch? There has been no indication to me in the years I have subscribed that they have respected user preferences; rather, they dictate what we SHOULD watch as though we're too dense to know what's really good for us. I do appreciate the lack of advertising on Netflix (the reason I still keep it), and the occasional bone they toss in order to keep my monthly $7.99 coming in, but frankly, I wonder if THEY sit at home and watch D-grade movies... because that's what the corporate Netflix intellect reflects and indicates.

  • Victoria | December 28, 2013 6:54 PMReply

    As with most corporate entities, Netflix executives show their disdain for their customer base by assuming that the bulk of us have are dumber than rocks. By refusing to negotiate with top TV providers such as History Channel and cough up the bucks, the above-offered 'Netflix Quick Guide by Ms. McCabe is a downright insult to many a user. Does the upper management truly believe this talking-head 'we will forego what is not watched enough relative to the cost' is something we actually accept? Instead of budgeting properly, they throw money away on B-grade movies (mostly Japanese - no offense to that culture) and D-grade Horror flicks and toss them to us as though we actually expressed an interest in watching 'nothing but the worst.' Check the ratings given by members on those movies and TV shows. Doesn't anyone there know how to data-crunch? There has been no indication to me in the years I have subscribed that they have respected user preferences; rather, they dictate what we SHOULD watch as though we're too dense to know what's really good for us. I do appreciate the lack of advertising on Netflix (the reason I still keep it), and the occasional bone they toss in order to keep my monthly $7.99 coming in, but frankly, I wonder if THEY sit at home and watch D-grade movies... because that's what the corporate Netflix intellect reflects and indicates.

  • Daysi | December 21, 2013 9:30 PMReply

    I checked the release date of a movie that will come out on Netflix. It was supposed to come out 4 days ago. I have constantly been checking for it but its not there, Why?

  • sherrie dixon | December 20, 2013 11:28 AMReply

    I understand what netflix does with their streaming content and I'm okay with that. What I don't like is that they're laying claim to a much bigger data base than they actually have, and I joined Netflix years ago for their database. I think they keep one copy of a movie and if it's not returned after 8 months or a year (never), they can say they have it but it's still out. Their database is shrinking rapidly. They're just like blockbuster and everyone else now; they have no edge.

  • sherrie dixon | December 20, 2013 11:24 AMReply

    I understand what netflix does with their streaming content and I'm okay with that. What I don't like is that they're laying claim to a much bigger data base than they actually have, and I joined Netflix years ago for their database. I think they keep one copy of a movie and if it's not returned after 8 months or a year (never), they can say they have it but it's still out. Their database is shrinking rapidly. They're just like blockbuster and everyone else now; they have no edge.

  • Penny Slay | December 16, 2013 9:36 AMReply

    I have had a list of movies in the not available list for so long . Some of the movies have been out forever. But they say release unknowned. That really sucks. They need to snap it up and let me see those movies that been out forever. Why won't they?

  • Rick | January 16, 2014 12:26 PM

    You can always download your movies via thepiratebay.org. and get it for free. just install a torrent and you're good to go. I haven't paid for a movie in 7 years. I have well over 2 Terrabites of movies new and old. Just an idea

  • sherrie dixon | December 20, 2013 11:28 AM

    What was once a big selling point (no late fees, ever) is starting to bite them in the ass. Movies that are not being returned are also not being replaced. They don't really still have them.

  • LikeISaid | November 24, 2013 9:39 PMReply

    Content online is very limited. Even older movies that are cheap! If the kids did not use it, I would more likely dump it.

  • Roy Badami | November 20, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    Well, my first foray into the world of Netflix and I'm very disappointed so far.

    "we'll forgo or choose not to renew some title that are not watched enough relative to their cost [...]"

    Does that mean we'll never get arthouse movies on Netflix? Or even just classic older mainstream films?

    I'd happily pay per view for stuff I want to watch but right now I can't see myself paying a monthly fee for this apparently delibarately poor selection just to keep the montly fee low.

    roy

  • Mjclemm | November 20, 2013 3:30 AMReply

    I would LOVE to CANCEL my Netflunx account but the kids love it.. So for now I'm stuck with Netflunx.... I would pay a bit more if they would have more titles, so why don't they just ask and see what the public wants? The upper management team SUCKS !

  • Mjclemm | November 20, 2013 3:30 AMReply

    I would LOVE to CANCEL my Netflunx account but the kids love it.. So for now I'm stuck with Netflunx.... I would pay a bit more if they would have more titles, so why don't they just ask and see what the public wants? The upper management team SUCKS !

  • Mjclemm | November 20, 2013 3:29 AMReply

    I would LOVE to CANCEL my Netflunx account but the kids love it.. So for now I'm stuck with Netflunx....

  • Mjclemm | November 20, 2013 3:29 AMReply

    I would LOVE to CANCEL my Netflunx account but the kids love it.. So for now I'm stuck with Netflunx....

  • Mjclemm | November 20, 2013 3:29 AMReply

    I would LOVE to CANCEL my Netflunx account but the kids love it.. So for now I'm stuck with Netflunx....

  • Mjclemm | November 20, 2013 3:29 AMReply

    I would LOVE to CANCEL my Netflunx account but the kids love it.. So for now I'm stuck with Netflunx....

  • Mjclemm | November 20, 2013 3:29 AMReply

    I would LOVE to CANCEL my Netflunx account but the kids love it.. So for now I'm stuck with Netflunx....

  • Mjclemm | November 20, 2013 3:29 AMReply

    I would LOVE to CANCEL my Netflunx account but the kids love it.. So for now I'm stuck with Netflunx....

  • jace | November 18, 2013 8:21 AMReply

    And yet, they spend money on all those horrible direct to video things, instead of putting it into a few more high quality tv series (even canceled ones).

  • NetFlix User | November 16, 2013 11:45 AMReply

    But they have millions of subscribers that pay them monthly, and they complain about the cost for streaming rights?

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:14 AMReply

    LOL and the submit button for this page/site doesn't work very well....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:13 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:13 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:13 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:13 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:13 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:13 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:13 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • jon | November 10, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), $8 for netflix and $8 for hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to TORRENT media that can't be rented legally.....

  • john | November 10, 2013 12:07 AMReply

    THIS is why piracy exists, I'm paying $150 for cable tv (price-gouged 1000+ channels i don't watch but have to pay for just to get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, etc), netflix and hulu.... yet i STILL end up having to torrent media that can't be rented legally.....

  • Amazon Betty | July 22, 2014 8:38 PM

    Amazing, isn't it?

  • Nobody | November 7, 2013 1:09 PMReply

    Put on family guy!

  • Chacon Elvira | November 7, 2013 9:38 AMReply

    Ok I been on netflix for 4 1/2 yrs already so can I get a show that I want please....can u put on [the first 48] for my kids they want [teen wolf season 3]thank u netflix i love it

  • Chacon Elvira | November 7, 2013 9:37 AMReply

    Ok I been on netflix for 4 1/2 yrs already so can I get a show that I want please....can u put on [the first 48] for my kids they want [teen wolf season 3]thank u netflix i love it

  • Chacon Elvira | November 7, 2013 9:37 AMReply

    Ok I been on netflix for 4 1/2 yrs already so can I get a show that I want please....can u put on [the first 48] for my kids they want [teen wolf season 3]thank u netflix i love it

  • SanJoaquinBob | October 21, 2013 6:43 AMReply

    I'm ok with Netflix for now. But I am a little frustrated that their selection of older tv shows is so limited. I wouldn't think it would cost as much for a license to stream the oldies as it would newer stuff. Sanford & Son, Chico & The Man, Welcome Back Kotter, Love Boat and Fantasy Island are all childhood favorites of mine. Netflix has none of them, although I am enjoying the Rockford Files and Quincy.

  • XTINA | October 19, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    joe.. I think you mean *their* and you were saying about low mentalities!!!

  • GrammarBoss | December 22, 2013 11:13 AM

    Xtina...I think you meant "Joe"* (start of sentence and proper noun), "meant"* (referring to a verb in past tense), and "talking about"* (or more accurately "writing about"*). Also the conjunction "and" is inappropriate and should be replaced with something like ", considering"*. In addition the verb "having" should be in front of "low mentalities".

    or

    Joe... I think you meant "their", considering you were writing about having low mentalities!

  • GrammarBoss | December 22, 2013 11:13 AM

    Xtina...I think you meant "Joe"* (start of sentence and proper noun), "meant"* (referring to a verb in past tense), and "talking about"* (or more accurately "writing about"*). Also the conjunction "and" is inappropriate and should be replaced with something like ", considering"*. In addition the verb "having" should be in front of "low mentalities".

    or

    Joe... I think you meant "their", considering you were writing about having low mentalities!

  • GrammarBoss | December 22, 2013 11:13 AM

    Xtina...I think you meant "Joe"* (start of sentence and proper noun), "meant"* (referring to a verb in past tense), and "talking about"* (or more accurately "writing about"*). Also the conjunction "and" is inappropriate and should be replaced with something like ", considering"*. In addition the verb "having" should be in front of "low mentalities".

    or

    Joe... I think you meant "their", considering you were writing about having low mentalities!

  • joe | October 13, 2013 1:25 PMReply

    netflix is targeting veiwers with the mentality of a snail. There shows suck and the people out there are morons and need to be sent or exterminated .

  • Colene Frederick | September 12, 2013 5:45 PMReply

    I would rather pay more than $8.00 a month to see more recent stuff.

  • dee | July 31, 2013 3:19 PMReply

    I have been looking for a few movies also that Netflix don't have... But I also have discovered a lot of movies, etc. that I normally would not have been able to see elsewhere. What can you really expect for $8 though? If they carried every movie/program we desired it would be a lot more than $8 believe that!!!!

  • Charles Judson | July 30, 2013 6:03 PMReply

    The reason Netflix is being more selective is because they're trying to get from under the current model that distributors and studios have been applying. That's namely being forced to license titles they don't want or frankly need just to get to the good stuff, regardless of quality or lack of demand. Spending good money to get The Avengers makes sense. Spending good money to take 100 crap films to still get The Avengers doesn't. Nor does having to take a few hundred so-so titles either.

    Amazon is spending tons of money to buy into that old model, hence why they scored a ton of Nickelodeon content this year, while Netflix is trying to move into the future.

    Applying the concept of the long tail to content has given way to curation as the foundation. You're going to continue to see more and more companies and sites move away from buying large catalogs to negotiating for just the content they want--or finding ways to negotiate deals that allow them to pay less for content that underperforms. It really does make for a richer experience for users. Yes, in the short term, it sucks. In the long run though, it adds up.

  • ajwalker65 | July 30, 2013 1:59 AMReply

    What I don't understand is why they don't also offer a paid "on demand" service? Charge $3.99 or whatever, the studio gets a cut and Netflix gets a cut. I'd be willing to pay that on top of the streaming for movies I want to see that aren't yet available to stream. I do that anyway when I want to see something that Netflix doesn't have, I go to Amazon (or wherever) pay the few extra bucks and stream it. Netflix could have had that revenue.

    Unless I'm missing something, I don't see why that can't be a viable business model.

  • Amazon Betty | July 22, 2014 8:49 PM

    As you know, Amazon has Prime, but the decent stuff is mainly ala carte, and that adds up when you want to watch a tv show. Paying $2.99 (or $3.99 or what have you) per episode eventually becomes prohibitive. The smarter move for favorite tv shows or movies, at least IME, is to buy the content. Then I don't get upset if Netflix drops it. I've done that for a few shows like Xena, LOTS, Stargate Continuum, B5, Farscape, Firefly... I know eventually Netflix will drop my favorites; having them on DVD is my insurance. I just wait for them to come up used at a price I can pay and that's when I buy them. Of course, that only works if you're someone who watches certain movies and shows multiple times.

  • deecreative | July 29, 2013 10:54 PMReply

    Netflix needs to put more energy in getting as a many movies streaming as possible. HBO has great shows, that's why people love HBO, netflix is the new blockbuster, so I go to netflix to watch movies not shows. I don't understand who runs these companies and why people don't get that streaming video is THE future! Or neflix could group the DVD/stream price together so you can get what you want. Customer satisfaction matters in this case.

  • Cinephobe | July 29, 2013 9:07 PMReply

    Netflix has suffered from a case of diminishing returns over the years. When I signed up in 2007, they had pretty much every DVD that was still in print (and even some that weren't) available, but the streaming selection was lackluster. As they inevitably move towards dropping DVDs, it will be a hard sell keeping older customers who remember the time when they could get anything they wanted to see on DVD (not instantly, but within a couple of days.) Ultimately it'll be another victory for convenience over quality.

  • Anya | July 29, 2013 8:29 PMReply

    I would be willing to pay more to have more films available for me to stream. When they first started streaming, they had many more films. They had quite a few a Spike Lee's films but then lost them.

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