Sigh. This is not a new phenomenon.
Netflix, for years, allowed 3rd party owned sites, access to their API database, permitting those sites to list monthly upcoming as well as expiring titles-sometimes as far as 3 months ahead of time. It was an invaluable resource.
Instantwatcher.com and feedfliks.com's expiring section regularly featured on average, 100-150 titles that were due to expire EACH month. As Netflix' popularity exploded, competitors and enemies rose. Netflix' rivals were allegedly (inferred by feedflik's founder upon NF's retreat from providing detailed comings and goings info several years ago)
, using these sites, to check on what was due to expire and outbid NF for content. Or, surreptitiously, jack up the price that Netflix would have to pay to renew... I wouldn't put that past them..,
And here we are today. Just because Netflix no longer permits such early expire notice for titles, does not mean that what content gets removed, is not replaced with other material.
Each month an average of 100 titles are removed. And guess what? Over 100 titles are added throughout each month as well.
Same as last month. And the month before that. And the month before that.
And the year
before that. And the year before
For over 6 freaking years
this has gone on.
and every freaking month...
I understand completely being upset that a favorite show that sat around in our queue for years unwatched, suddenly having the dreaded ''Available Until...''
mark beside it. I too, have 6 BBC shows sitting in my queue, that I've dragged by feet on viewing. But the interwebs just needs to calm down and stop launching into tirades because a contract to stream the show comes to an end. (**This isn't directed at you reddice, it's just that I've been tripping over countless blogposts and articles treating this as some sort of apocalypse...again.
it's getting tiresome). Legitimate news sources don't seem interested in actually stating the reasons behind expirations, choosing instead to mimic the blogophere's hyperbolic screechings ''Netflix dropping over a gazillion titles at month's end''.
Many of those BBC shows-including Doctor Who, have gone and come from Netflix streaming multiple times over the last 6 years. And the bit about Amazon never losing content is also incorrect. No title is sold to any pay tv, network, cable channel, tv station, or even pay per view service , on an indefinite basis. Amazon has indeed, rotated content on and off their Prime service. They in fact, purchase the same package of movies from the Epix Pay tv channel that Netflix has. And those titles are swapped in and out just as they are for Netflix, and on Epix itself. Because Amazon has never provided detailed data on it's catalog's scheduling, nobody pays attention to what expires or leaves there.
As Brian points out, Netflix has far more content than Amazon does. And Amazon Prime has a far smaller viewer base. It's likely that as streaming service grow in use, the content owners see value in pitting one against the other, in order to drive up the price for shows and library titles that weren't generating huge sales through regular deals with cable channels, who move on to acquiring more recent off network fare plus theatricals, and, yes, producing their own original programs.