Netflix removes movies from selection, adds new titles

Netflix rotates movies and shows out of it's selection each month. Production companies license a movie or show to the website and the title is available for a certain amount of time. When the contract is up, the movie is either taken out of selection or the license is renewed.

Netflix rotates movies and shows out of it’s selection each month. Production companies license a movie or show to the website and the title is available for a certain amount of time. When the contract is up, the movie is either taken out of selection or the license is renewed.

On January 1, Netflix released a statement announcing plans to add over a dozen movies and shows over the course of January. However, many movies are being removed from the selection.

Netflix added over a dozen new movies and shows to the selection on January 1, including “American Beauty” and “Bewitched.” Over the course of the month, Netflix added over two dozen titles, such as the third season of “American Horror Story.”

Although new movies are now available, over 50 titles expired in January and February. Many Netflix subscribers became angry when movies and shows disappeared without an official warning.

“I was watching one of my favorite movies on New Years Eve and I got up to go do other things,” freshman Kelsey Bridgman said. “When I got back, the movie was no longer available. I was angry that Netflix didn’t warn anybody, or didn’t even let people finish their movies.”

This is not the first time that Netflix has taken movies and shows away. The production company of a title signs a contract that licenses that movie to Netflix, and the contract expires after a certain amount of time.

“Now we’re very focused on TV shows and movies, and there’s an enormous opportunity. If you look at our selection, it’s really good,” Netflix CEO Reed hastings told Business Insider. “But it’s still a small part of the total universe of TV shows and movies. So both on the subscriber view and on the content view, we have tons of room to expand within TV shows and movies.”

By Sara Hagan

hagan.sara@oakwoodschools.org

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