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.
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 Atlantic.com 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.
We only want three things from Netflix.
and last but not least, 3. Movies.
Drop the original content stuff and offer more quality movies...
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.
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.
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 !!
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
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.
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