Thousands of movies are set to be removed from Netflix after the streaming service decided not to renew a deal with distributor Epix. Unfortunatley, some of the titles removed will include the Hunger Games and Transformers movies. Although Netflix has more than 60 million subscribers worldwide, it said that it wants to focus on more exclusive content, such as the sublime Orange Is The New Black’s new season that is only featured on Netflix. The deal between Netflix and Epix will run out at the end of September, so don’t worry you have plenty of time to continue your Netflix binges.
The company’s rival service, Hulu, will take on the Epix catalogue and have said that “Our subscribers have been asking us for more, and more recent, big movies. We listened. Through this new deal with Epix, we are proud to now be able to offer a huge selection of the biggest blockbusters and premium films“. Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos wrote that, “while many of these movies are popular, they are also widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix and subject to the same drawn out licensing periods“.
Sarandos also listed a variety of exclusive shows coming up on the service, including new work from Ricky Gervais, Idris Elba and Adam Sandler to keep its subscribers minds’ at peace. I guess we will just have to watch this space and see what happens at the end of September. If there really is noticeable difference to the service, it will be a sad sad winter indeed.