Originally Posted by Westly-C
It is not
a curse of streaming. It is simply Content rotation, a reality of program acquistion for EVERY tv station, basic cable network, and pay tv service. It's been this way for DECADES, and has nothing to do with Netflix adding originals-which are less than 10 at this point....
Netflix Instant Watch is, simply put, a pay tv service
, no different than HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, The Movie Channel, Starz, Encore, or Epix-with the obvious exception that Netflix does not program a schedule. Other than that, they are the same.
All are sold movies after the dvd sales period ends, and not before, which is why recent, newly released on disc films are not available.
Each enters into deals that provides them with exclusive content that blocks their competitors from obtaining and offering it, ensuring a significant number of subscribers won't switch to another service.
And the most important part relevant to the thread--ALL add content that runs for several months, and then, wait for it...GETS ROTATED OFF THE SCHEDULE FOR A FEW MONTHS, and usually is returned several months later. Something that shouldn't be new for a pay tv subscriber.
Netflix was alone in the streaming space, but now, many are jumping on the bandwagon seeking to emulate their success. Chief among them, the content owners that are owned by media companies that want a piece of the pie. Comcast, which owns NBC/Universal-which owns the 2 shows in question, created Streampix, which they want their customers to use instead of venturing outside their reservation. Guess what? ''Monk'
' is there, and I'll bet you a cookie that Murder She Wrote
will show up sooner than later. It has become something of a badge of honor for the newcomers to brag about acquiring something that's been previously available on Netflix.
Netflix' streaming service is not a permanent repository of tv series and movies. Deals expire, stuff comes and goes. This isn't something new that just started with the creation of Instant Watch. Physical media will always
trump receiving content over any free or subscription television service.
Expire notices are placed online in our Queues 2 weeks before removal date-that is NOT enough time, and I think everyone would agree. They also appear on a titles' summary page on the PS3, Wii(?), Roku and some blu ray player apps.
Yes, 3rd sites used to receive expiring title data months in advance, and built dedicated websites incorporating vital infomation. Netflix stopped providing them this data alledgely, because the newcomers were using it to keep track of what was due to expire and go after it, bidding up the price for NF to retain it. I see no reason why a minimum 4 week notice couldn't be provided in our queues. That would at least curtail abuses by the competition, while giving subscribers ample time to finish a series.