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Many are from Warner Bros. since it launched its own Warner Archive Instant service

Netflix is giving a lengthy list of old titles the boot from its streaming service starting at midnight tonight. 

InstantWatcher has released a list of nearly 1,000 movie titles that will expire starting May 2. One reason for the purge is the fact that "hundreds" of titles from the Warner Bros. library will be placed in Warner Archive Instant, which is a classic film service launched by the company. 

Many of those titles include pre-1986 films from MGM and United Artists. 

Warner Bros. insisted that its launch of Warner Archive Instant isn't the reason for Netflix's purge of its video library. Netflix's Joris Evers said that the streaming giant licenses movies on an exclusive basis, and added that many of the movies expiring at midnight were part of a deal Netflix had with Epix.

The list of expiring films in long, but you can check it out here

Source: Slate

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I can't see this working out....
By marvdmartian on 5/2/2013 7:53:46 AM , Rating: 3
....for the studio. By offering their wares through Netflix, they're getting something for it. By offering it to consumers through their own service, with an additional monthly fee required, it's likely they will actually end up with LESS than they were getting from Netflix. Who's going to want to pay for Netflix AND the studio's monthly charge??

Ironically, it could also spur more piracy of their material.

RE: I can't see this working out....
By theapparition on 5/2/2013 9:29:58 AM , Rating: 2
You have the history backwards.

Netflix chose to not renew the license for several of these titles. The current rights for Netflix to distribute them ends tonight, so what would have have the studio's do? Would you let them continue to distribute their works for free?

This is completely in Netflix's court, not the studios. My guess is these were low demand titles that Netflix didn't find worth the licensing fees.

By BRB29 on 5/2/2013 9:41:05 AM , Rating: 2
You are absolutely right. This is nothing new. They've been doing this since they existed. Some titles are up for mere months. I'm glad they got Top Gear UK on there now due to high demand but I wish they would have the current season instead of always 1-2 seasons behind.

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