Originally Posted by Tom Imp
What still confuses me is how they select what gets chosen for streaming and what doesn't.
Originally Posted by mdavej
Why the studios don't sell Netflix the rights to the kind of stuff you're looking for is anybody's guess.
Unlike disc, streaming is obtained via a license for any given title. No license, no stream. Disc are covered by the First Sale Doctrine, if it is available for retail sale then a rental outlet can purchase the disc and turn around and rent it.
For licensed content Netflix has to compete with all the other program providers (HBO, Showtime, USA, Turner, etc). Many of those has exclusive deals with the content providers therefore a good number of A titles are not available to be licensed.
Until Netflix has a substantial price increase for streaming do not expect a lot of top tier moves or recent TV programs.
I do find it interesting that Netflix now appears willing to get into bed with the cable folks: Report: Netflix in Talks With Cable Operators