Netflix quietly removing over 100 titles in January

There's no denying that Netflix's streaming options are extremely popular. With over 34M customers worldwide, and a deep catalog of titles, many people who purchase the service disconnect traditional cable and satellite offerings in order to save money. However customers need to keep in mind that something that's available to stream today may not be there in the future.

That's exactly what's going to happen in a couple of days. A user on Reddit has posted a list of nearly 100 titles that will be unavailable for streaming on Netflix in the next few days. While almost nobody will shed a tear for many of the titles, such as Troll II, there are quite a few timeless classics that will be unavailable in the New Year. Titles like Top Gun, Platoon, and War Games are great movies that many people love, but if you want to play a game of global thermonuclear war, you'll have to do it on Blu-ray.

In addition to the following list, many Redditors have also mentioned other movies that are apparently getting the axe, including titles like A Kiss Before Dying, The Long Goodbye, and Dressed to Kill.

----------TV SHOWS--------------

EXPIRING JANUARY 1, 2014

  • Dark Shadows (original from late 1960s)
  • Saturday Night Live The 2000s
  • Mr Bean
  • The Kids In The Hall
  • Perfect 10 Model Boxing (Volume 1)

-----------MOVIES-----------------

EXPIRING DECEMBER 29, 2013

  • Transformers Dark Of The Moon

EXPIRING JANUARY 4, 2014

  • Alice In Wonderland (1951 Disney)
  • Immortals
  • Dynamite Warrior

EXPIRING JANUARY 1, 2014

  • The Rundown
  • Brick
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Back To School
  • Battle Of Britain
  • Born On the Fourth Of July
  • Braveheart
  • Body Of Evidence
  • Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Man On The Moon
  • Lionheart
  • 1492 Conquest Of Paradise
  • Killer Klowns From Outer Space
  • Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  • FX
  • Do The Right Thing
  • Desperado
  • Up In Smoke
  • Can't Hardly Wait
  • Capote
  • Biloxi Blues
  • Seed Of Chucky
  • Jarhead
  • As Good As It Gets
  • In The Name Of The Father
  • Inside Deep Throat (documentary)
  • I'm Gonna Get You Sucka
  • In Like Flint
  • Hard Target
  • Foxy Brown
  • Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell
  • Gallipoli
  • Half Baked
  • Flashdance
  • 50 First Dates
  • For The Love Of The Game
  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
  • The Bad News Bears
  • The Russia House
  • The Secret Of Nimh
  • Revenge OF The Ninja
  • Roman Holiday
  • Rob Roy
  • Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Remo Williams
  • Requiem For A Dream
  • Quigley Down Under
  • Pumpkinhead
  • Platoon
  • Once Upon A Time In Mexico
  • October Sky
  • Mystery Men
  • The Skulls
  • Titanic
  • Ronin
  • Romeo And Juliet (1968)
  • Tales From The Crypt: Bordello Of Blood
  • Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight
  • The Woman In Red
  • Top Gun
  • Street Fighter
  • TNT Jackson
  • Serpico
  • Seed Of Chucky
  • Scary Movie
  • Running Scared
  • Troll II
  • True Grit (1969)
  • War And Peace
  • Talk Radio
  • War Games
  • We Were Soldiers
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Windtalkers
  • World Trade Center
  • The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Odd Couple (1968)
  • The Mask Of Zorro
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • The Faculty
  • The Dream Team
  • Best Of Times
  • Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
  • Species

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I don't understand. why must this happen? What is the real reason?
Undoubtedly, they will add many more titles than this during 2014 but why remove titles? Seems backwards to me.

No, it is most likely a license agreement issue as is the reason with past removals. The license agreement probably expired and the owners want more money.

mnl1121 said,
No, it is most likely a license agreement issue as is the reason with past removals. The license agreement probably expired and the owners want more money.

So... Yes... as Mr. Hand described then.

Losing Troll 2 is a travesty. it's probably the best, worst movie of all time and it should be required viewing for everyone.

On a more serious note, this is why I hate the current state of TV/Movie rights broadcasting.

Did you watch,

ATM
Thankskilling
Rubber
The IT Crowd
Super High Me
How Do They Do It?


If not, those, as well as other not so mainstream titles are fantastttiiicccc

EDIT: As well as the 19 series of Top Gear they have...

I've seen How Do They Do It and Top Gear as well and they're alright. ATM is the only other one of those that doesn't look stupid.

I thought ATM looked really cheesy at first. But holy **** did I ever enjoy it.

Thankskilling and Rubber are both.... rather ridiculous, but good watches nonetheless if you like movies like Machete.

I'm fine with this but thanks for the list!

My wife got us a sub last year some time for some show we wanted to watch (I think it was Law and Order I was wanting to see, actually) and we have been pleased enough with the selection to keep it. Seems like every time we start talking about canceling it because we feel like we've seen everything, they will either release something new or one of us will discover a show on it and end up keeping the sub for a few more months.

As long as they leave The IT Crowd alone.

There are 84 movies on this list, at 2 hours a pop, that would be 7 days of moving watching. Not enough time.

That is why I always buy movies or music I really like. I do not want to depend on some "entity" which decides what is worth to be available to me...
Yes I do have Netflix but I use it as it is another movie channel.

Haven't bothered with Netflix for over a year, every time I looked for something specific it wasn't available, it's especially bad in Canada

Have you tried using Netflix behind a VPN? Set yourself up as someone from Chicago for example and enjoy. I'm from the states myself so I can't guarantee success but its worth a shot.

Mr. Hand said,
You won't be able to purchase the US service with a Canadian billing address.
I'm not sure how it works with Canadian netflix but I've always been able to use tunnelbear (and other vpn's) and set the vpn to the u.k. and get uk netflix, Canada and get their version, etc. Works on my android and Windows machine. I used it to watch the end of breaking bad on uk Netflix. All with my American subscription

There's addons for Chrome that allow you to do this, as well as services like Blockless, which allow you to use DNS's from within another country to get routed to the correct IP/hostname for the countries version on Netflix. (Blockless offers US, Canada, Latin America, Swedish and UK Netflix afaik)

Mr. Hand said,
You won't be able to purchase the US service with a Canadian billing address.

You don't have to purchase the US service. A Netflix subscription is a Netflix subscription, it's valid worldwide. The content is only filtered by your physical location when you connect to the service. That's why you can travel to the US with your tablet and get US content, even though you're just there visiting from Canada, for example. It's also how plugins like MediaHint work, by making Netflix think you're in the USA, when in fact I'm in the UK.

https://mediahint.com/

I get that Blockbuster was a punching bag in the media, but their movie selection blows Netflix out of the water. Not only was it affordable, but you actually got new release titles. Not ancient titles tagged as new because they finally made it to Netflix.

I was a Blockbuster member until they died in November and have since picked up a Netflix membership, which I'm considering canceling.

You do realize this is because the megastudios don't want people to use Netflix. They want people to buy the physical media. Blockbuster accomplished that through rentals/purchases via physical media.

But younger consumers don't want physical media anymore. So Blockbuster goes out of business while the movie studios slit their own throats even further by removing titles from the delivery medium younger consumers do want...online.

It's an insane cycle that can only happen when an aging monopoly refuses to adapt to what their own customers want.

Indeed excalpius... I laugh at people who seem to think it's Netflix's fault that they don't offer all the new releases. I'm sure they would if the studio distributors licensed the content to them. The fact is that distributors generally want consumers to buy the DVD or Blu-Ray first. Or in the case of the UK, they license the content to Sky first because they clearly pay exorbitant sums of money to get the content "up to a year before Netflix". It annoys me really, because Sky leverage those licenses to provide an unfair advantage to their recently launched NOW TV service. It's a shame. That said, I would consider subscribing to NOW TV had they any apps for my Samsung TV, Xbox One, Windows 8, Lumia 925 or Microsoft Surface devices. But this is Sky after all, who seem to think the world revolves around Apple.

Anyway, end of rant.

zeke009 said,
I get that Blockbuster was a punching bag in the media, but their movie selection blows Netflix out of the water. Not only was it affordable, but you actually got new release titles. Not ancient titles tagged as new because they finally made it to Netflix.

I was a Blockbuster member until they died in November and have since picked up a Netflix membership, which I'm considering canceling.

Netflix still has its DVD service which still offers new releases. There is also Redbox.

IMO, Netflix is doing just fine with its content. Sure, it would be absolutely phenomenal if Netflix had every new movie released to DVD/Bluray immediately available for streaming, but that just isn't very realistic given that they do not own the content.

The cost of Netflix is about 2-4 movie rentals a month (depending on where you get your rentals from), and IMO that is a bargain for the amount of streaming content that they deliver.

zeke009 said,
I get that Blockbuster was a punching bag in the media, but their movie selection blows Netflix out of the water. Not only was it affordable, but you actually got new release titles. Not ancient titles tagged as new because they finally made it to Netflix.

I was a Blockbuster member until they died in November and have since picked up a Netflix membership, which I'm considering canceling.

Blockbuster had agreements with the big studios that gave them exclusive rights to rent out new releases, Netflix legally couldn't rent out new titles.

Redbox has sometimes gone out and bought retail copies to bypass the exclusionary period (look up the story on the John Carter movie) that is imposed by Fox, Universal, Disney and WB.

This happens on a fairly consistant basis. Old Agreements expire, and content is removed, new content is added under new content agreements. Just some how this time the story got traction as if it's some major crisis and it took a "negative" spin, which is actually kind of stupid.

There's a lot of fairly big films in the list and it's definitely newsworthy to inform people they will no longer be available on a service they are paying for/considering paying for.

pretty much all the ones you want to watch are a buck or two on dvd. just buy them if you're wanting to really watch them that much, but I assume netflix have done the math and seen they're not being watched as much as others.
Plenty more movies to watch while you can't access your dvd collection for what ever reason.
For everything else, there is plex

sorry - this buy them on dvd argument is the most stupid ever. news like this show the major problem with online streaming. if they remove the movie and you paid for this service to watch that one - you cant do anything about it.

I don't see any negative spin, or anyone acting like it's a crisis. It's an informative post about what's being removed from Netflix. When a large amount of content gets removed from the service, there's always a post about it to give people a heads up, just like there are posts about the content being added to the service from the deals they strike.

Some good movies there but hopefully they'll replace it with even more good movies and shows. At least we get some warning before they're taken off. I'd love to see more classic TV shows added myself.

You didn't exactly get a warning from Netflix. Likely Netflix wanted to keep this hush hush, but someone with inside knowledge posted it up on Reddit. Reddit isn't Netflix's official medium of telling you news though.

Yeah those are some good titles leaving the library. I was hoping to find Blade Runner on Netflix, but no go. I haven't seen that movie since I was a kid; ah well.