It is being reported that nearly 2,000 film classics will disappear from the film archives at Netflix, the nation’s largest online streaming library. It is said the “purge” of films is entirely out of Netflix’s hands and is actually the result of Warner Brothers launching their own website “Warner Archive Instant”.
owever, it should be noted that Warner Brothers has denied involvement in the purge of classics from Netflix’s library.
The move is likely to affect only a small segment of viewers who enjoy watching pre-1986 films.
Fans of the classics “Dr. No” and “Kiss Me Stupid” will have to subscribe to Warner Archive Instant if they wish to continue viewing those films. As of late, Netflix has been carving out a new niche for themselves in launching their own “television” series exclusive to their subscribers.
These series, such as “House of Cards” and “Hemlock Grove”, are published in their entirety at once and have proven popular with subscribers.
Netflix is also field testing changes to their interface and movie queues which make the interface similar to that seen on Roku or other subscriber interfaces.
Netflix spokesman Joris Evers called the field testing A/B:
“A/B testing to see which version of a particular feature or experience results in increased Netflix viewing and better retention of our members.”
Evers said that subscribers can expect the service to add 500 more titles to its catalogue on May 1.
Netflix is a dynamic service, we constantly update the TV shows and movies that are available to our members. We will add more than 500 titles May 1, but we also have titles expiring, this ebb and flow happens all the time.
We are selective about what’s available to watch on Netflix. We often license TV shows and movies on an exclusive basis, so we can provide a unique experience. We’ll forego, or choose not renew, titles that aren’t watched enough. We always use our knowledge about what our members love to watch to decide what’s available on Netflix. Our goal is to be an expert programmer, offering a mix that delights our members, rather than trying to be a broad distributor.
However, customer reactions to those changes has been negative, so it is unlikely those changes will be rolled out to all subscribers.
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