Netflix US to lose thousands of movies this month

Films set to vanish include the second 'Hunger Games' flick and 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction'

Thousands of movies will disappear from the US version of Netflix at the end of this month.

Netflix US has decided not to renew its deal with Epix, which distributes cable, VOD and online streaming rights to cinematically released films by Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate. Movies set to vanish from Netflix US when the deal expires at the end of September include two huge recent blockbusters, 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and 2014’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction.

Netflix US’s decision to sever ties with Epix is being widely interpreted as a tactical move as the streaming service refines its commitment to hosting original and exclusive content. All of the movies set to disappear from Netflix US have also been available on Amazon Prime in the US since 2012.

Meanwhile, Hulu has taken advantage of Netflix’s devision by entering into its own deal with Epix, meaning the movies will essentially transfer from Netflix US to Hulu at the end of this month. Hulu will then share the Epix film catalogue with Amazon Prime as Netflix had shared the movies previously.

Netflix’s first original film, war drama Beasts Of No Nation starring Idris Elba, is set to premiere on October 16, followed by its second original film, Adam Sandler comedy The Ridiculous Six, on December 11. Original films due on Netflix in 2016 include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.