Netflix loses 1,900 movies, but viewers won't notice

With some 60,000 titles available, the removal of such fare as 'Blonde and Blonder' may not cause too much pain.

By Jonathan Berr May 1, 2013 10:46AM
The exterior of Netflix headquarters is seen in Los Gatos, CalifShares of Netflix (NFLX) rose in early trading Wednesday despite media reports that the streaming video/DVD rental service is trimming nearly 1,900 titles from its library throughout the month of May as content deals expire. The stock gave up those gains as the broader market slid on some poor economic reports.

Still, customers of the Los Gatos, Calif.-based company probably aren't going to notice a difference because Netflix has 60,000 titles available for them to access. And more folks are tapping that library: During the latest quarter, Netflix added 2 million new video-streaming customers and reported earnings that were much better than Wall Street expected.

Some of the films being dropped are hardly "classics." Among them are 1965's "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini," featuring the late Annette Funicello; Adam Sandler's "Big Daddy" from 1999, which, like most of the comedian's films, earned critical derision; and  "Blonde and Blonder," a 2007 flick starring Denise Richards (best known for being one of Charlie Sheen's ex-wives) and ex-"Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson, who are mistaken by a mob boss for "deadly assassins." Hilarity no doubt ensues.

These titles and others -- including ones that people may actually miss such as the early James Bond film "Octopussy" -- are becoming the property of Warner Archive Instant, which is part of Time Warner (TWX).

Netflix spokesman Joris Evers tells that the service cuts and adds titles all the time. Among the films coming to Netflix is "Hunger Games." The company also is investing in original content and is bringing back the cult comedy "Arrested Development," which News Corp.'s Fox (NWS) canceled a few years ago.

Jonathan Berr does not own shares of the listed stocks. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr.

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May 1, 2013 12:48PM
Netflix has a lot of content but not much "quality" content. The only way they can continue adding value is by adding better and newer movies. I understand that they have to deal with content holders which is very difficult but people don't care about having access to a lot of crappy movies. I recommend signing up for a few months watching all the good stuff then canceling and rejoining later when they have more good stuff
May 1, 2013 12:53PM
I am a Netflix streaming customer. I wonder if they will ever make ALL movies available for streaming and dump the outdated disc rentals ?
For the price they offer a good value and the only way to offer more is to raise prices which people don't like. Can't have it both ways folks
May 1, 2013 2:47PM

We only want three things from Netflix.

1. Movies

2. Movies

and last but not least, 3. Movies.


Drop the original content stuff and offer more quality movies...


May 2, 2013 9:36AM
i got rid of my $175 deluxe cable package and now spend $30/month on Netflix, hulu and Amazon.  I do pay for some content on Amazon but it the monthly bill will never top $50.  Hulu runs ads so I will probably drop them.  By doing this I avoid the main purveyor of cultural rot and political propaganda brought to you by your local network.
May 1, 2013 4:11PM

Netflix... Bring.. Back... Firefly!  And I'll sub for two years :)

May 1, 2013 2:20PM

I really want to slap people that write these articles, the condescension and insulting tone towards people is revolting. 


"Denise Richards (best known for being one of Charlie Sheen's ex-wives)"


Really?  Bond Girl, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Friends, 30 Rock, and 90210, and Jonathon Berr knows her best as Charlie Sheen's ex-wife?  That says more about you than her, Mr. Berr.

May 1, 2013 4:45PM
All you people complaining about the lack of new movies. Why don't you spend a little time and look at some of the classic movies or documentaries that are plentiful on Nerflix, for 7.99 a month is is a great deal. Please don't be so narrow minded.
May 1, 2013 11:33AM
I've noticed. I have 50+ movies in my backlogged queue that are released but NF won't carry them.
May 2, 2013 8:31AM

We stream Netflix to our TV through our Wii and use it primarily for the kids in the house.  It is great to have access to "Sesame Street" anytime I need it for my 2 year old and my 10 year old loves it that they have added so many Disney Channel shows that she always seems to miss because of school, chores, and bedtime.


However, I have to admit, I do enjoy snuggling up with my hubby and watching some old black & white movies or musicals after the kids go to bed.  It is also a great way to get interested in some popular TV shows (former and current).  I have watched entire seasons of shows/series before on Netflix because somehow I missed them while they were actually being broadcasted or because I loved them while they were on and missed them after they were cancelled.


For $8 a month, it is a good deal.

May 1, 2013 2:08PM
I want movies! Not some dumb Netflix Original Series! Movies!!!
May 1, 2013 2:43PM

They lost me as a customer when they split the dvd and streaming rentals. Dvd rentals went to $16.95 and streaming was $6.99, now I've been told that the major studios don't want their movies streamed so they don't let netflix do it. So all you get as far as movies is a chosen few new releases and a ton of straight to dvd "b" rated movies. Cut the cost of dvd rentals back and i"ll come back. It's the new releases I WANT TO WATCH !!

May 1, 2013 2:17PM
I have their streaming but find most of the movies are so old no one wants to see them. They need to add new movies to streaming at the same time they add them to the DvD list. If it wasn't for the wife I'd dropped them a long time ago.
May 2, 2013 10:17AM
I also dropped satellite and cable, but not for any high falutin' anti-commercial reasons. I don't mind the commericals, i just can't abide the nearly $200 a month bill for TV. Also, Netflix original series are excellent, as are their TV offerings, for the most part, but those here mindlessly clamoring for movies movies movies are like 12-year-olds demanding everything and understanding nothing, and the movies they are demanding are mostly crap anyway. Thanks for dumbing down the industry, morons.
May 1, 2013 2:34PM
I dumped Netflix when they tried to change the pricing model. Didn't really miss it, but I became a Amazon prime member, mostly for the free shipping, but I do use the streaming for movies much more than NF, and since I now have a Kindle HD I get a free book a month, and stream Dr. Who at night if I don't feel like reading in bed.
May 1, 2013 6:58PM

I like streaming tv shows especially ones from my childhood like the cartoon network originals, dexter's lab, courage the cowardly dog, ed edd and eddy, i could go on all day. they were good as a kid but as an adult( use the term loosely) there's a different side to the comedy that i would have never understood as a kid

May 2, 2013 8:48AM

The series that are on Netflix keep me entertained (Weeds, Army Wives, Breaking Bad, Rescue Me, etc.)  There arent' alot of good movies, but you can't beat the price.

May 1, 2013 2:19PM
I get a better choice of movies on "YOUTUBE". I have NETFLIX now but plan to cancel them. There's a ton of other websites that offer movies for free or a small charge and they have the latest ones out. Netflix offers a whole bunch of "BALLYWOOD" movies. I don't need that.
May 1, 2013 1:33PM
i do not remember them doubling prices been member for 3 years
May 2, 2013 3:00PM
I dumped them all and went back to free antenna tv. My grandson LOVES METV where they show all the old shows like I Love Lucy and Lassie, old westerns etc. I get all of the major channels plus PBS. Ok so I don't get to watch Frozen Planetor some of the other discovery shows I would love to watch,  but I can watch most of them on free HULU. I refuse to pay hard to come by money for commercials. If there is a show I really want to watch, that I dont' get, I go to my son's and watch his cable. Hahaha. Or watch my son's NF. Even if they shut them off, I don't care. I'm happy with what I can get for free.
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