If you’re a Netflix subscriber, I’m sure you’ve found plenty of good use in the streaming service. I know I have. That’s absolutely where I get my money’s worth with the service. The DVDs are just an added bonus. Well, today you may notice something strange. You’ll find that all Sony movies have been pulled from the service and are no longer available for streaming, though you can still get them on DVD through the mail.
As you may or may not know, Sony movies are brought to the streaming service via StarzPlay. Both Sony and Netflix have a contract where Starz basically serves as the middle men between the two companies to allow the movies to be presented to Netflix customers for streaming. Therein lies the problem. It seems the contract between Sony and Starz has run into a snag. Not many details are given, but it goes a little something like this: apparently Starz are only allowed to deliver Sony content to a certain amount of consumers. Now, being that Netflix has acquired such a large user base at this point, that threshold has been exceeded. While it’s definitely a weird clause (last I checked, the more people watching your stuff, the better), both parties are diligently working to straighten out the contract.
Netflix assures us that the problem is temporary and that Sony and Starz are currently working out a solution. They give no time frame that the Sony movies will be available again, but they do assure us that they definitely will as soon as all things are resolved.
While urging us Netflix users to enjoy what is still on the service, they do give us a nice little preview of some movies that will be coming within the next few weeks. These movies include The Fighter, Skyline, Iron Man 2 and the first four seasons of Mad Men. Of course, you can check back here every week to find out what new movies are hitting the instant service.
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