Licence expiration means streaming service will lose big-name titles
Almost 500 films and TV shows will disappear from Netflix UK’s service in the next week.
The streaming service celebrates its first anniversary in Britain on January 9, which marks the expiration of numerous licences and agreements. New Year’s Day will see 66 titles vanish, including Spahetti westerns For A Few Dollars More and its sequel The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and The Untouchables, with a further 409 going by January 5.
Netflix say the quantity of content on their service is growing, with a total of 2,674 titles currently available in the UK. However, the New Year removals account for around 20 per cent of that amount. Joris Evers, director of communications at Netflix says: “We have a continuous ebb and flow of titles on Netflix and this isn’t anything new. We always add titles as we secure rights and remove titles as our license expires. We are always looking to provide a great mix of things to watch that our members will love.”
The list of expiring films can be found on Netflix.maft.co, an unofficial website made by web developer Matthew Morley that keeps track of Netflix’s acquisitions through a piece of coding that detects what is being added to the service. Netflix says that content deals are allowed to expire because the content is not being watched sufficiently to merit renewal.
Other titles which will be unavailable after January 5 include: Food Inc, Educating Rita, Almost Famous, Requiem For A Dream, The Cider House Rules, Death Of A Salesman and Louis CK: Chewed Up. It’s not all bad news, though, with 10 new films including the 2011 remake of Wuthering Heights and Dustin Hoffman’s 2012 drama A Late Quartet available on Netflix since Christmas Eve. The service has also just announced they’ll be showing the final seasons of Dexter, the second series of House Of Cards, Hemlock Grove and Orange Is The New Black as well as the exclusive on Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul.