Sony movies pulled from Xbox 360's Netflix service

Today, Microsoft released the New Xbox Experience - refreshed software for the Xbox 360 console which brings several new features - including, for users in the US, access to the ever-popular Netflix service.

However, due to complex licensing issues, instead of getting access to everything the service has to offer, Xbox 360 users cannot access any movies that are distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment. A spokesperson for Netflix told MTV Multiplayer that "Those titles are still available to be watched on subscribers' computers and on TVs via other partner devices, and we hope they'll be licensed for Xbox 360 shortly...".

The Netflix representative refused to state whether the license to use the content had just expired, or whether Sony Pictures Entertainment had specifically requested that access to the movies be restricted on the Xbox 360 Console.

So, until Sony says otherwise, the hundreds of Sony Picture Entertainment movies available on Netflix remain unavailable to Xbox 360 users.

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It appears that many Sony films are now available on the Xbox360 Netflix. I first noticed it tonight while browsing through my Xbox360 instant queue, and a quick search on Google turned up this.

Blu-Ray, DVD, or any future disk based media will ultimatley fail in the face of digital distribution. Sony knows it. I'm guessing this is a ploy to delay the inevitable, and keep their overpriced mess that is the PS3 afloat until after the holidays. Ultimatley though, people vote with their wallets, and it shows in the sales figures of both consoles. NXE is yet another nail in the PS3's old, rickety, featureless coffin.

Just like the rumors that Microsoft is working on a 360 with a BD Drive, It will never happen, Why would Sony ever give MS the chance to have something that would make people not buy their products. When you go to a store and look at the products (360 or PS3) you would have basically the same console. Sony has the BD drive and all there movies to make their product look more appealing to the consumer. From a business stand point it would not make sense to include the sony movies with the netflix streaming. If you want Sony movies the by a PS3.

But as someone else has already said, surely thats anti-competitive. A content creator should be neutral as to what delivery service is used. All this is going to do is make people think bad of Sony, bad eggs and all that.

TCLN Ryster said,
going to do is make people think bad of Sony,


Going to make people think bad of Sony? Where have you been for the last few years, the moon?

TCLN Ryster said,
But as someone else has already said, surely thats anti-competitive. A content creator should be neutral as to what delivery service is used. All this is going to do is make people think bad of Sony, bad eggs and all that.


All companies try to get their part of the pie. There's no saint in the business world. Everything sony do all big companies (including MS) did it and will do it again over and over. Sometime they get caught and need to pay some money but there's more to win than lose.

Sony has always been extremely stingy when licensing their content. I'm thinking that Netflix will have to pay out the ass to stream Sony's video as with all things Sony (Sony BMG ugg) which is unfortunate.

Perhaps Microsoft should pressure Netflix to drop Sony movies from their service entirly. Surely the drop in sales would then be incentive for Sony to think differently.

Gotta love it when people are just waiting to bash MS about something...still not satisfied with all the Vista bashing huh?

Listen, its a new service and there are bound to have issues. When has anyone heard or remembered a time when something was released bug free? Apple, Linux, MS, Adobe....they all have bugs in their software and issues after releasing something. Hell, what do you think all the updates, patches, and service packs are for?

Instead of looking at the bad...look at the good. The stated that they will hopefully have the service up and going like it should soon. Be patient, stop bitchin, and play your games.

I don't think anyone's bashing MS.
You can only bash Sony or Netflix at this point.

And by the looks of it, you could get Sony related films on the 360, just not columbia.

You hit it nail on the head. If Sony makes a mistake they can find themselves in court. Sony has exclusive control of the flicks but by not lisencing those films to competitors in other competing markets; Sony COULD be accused of taking anti-competitive steps to protect BlueRay and PS3 sales in an attempt to dominate those markets. Thisis all just speculartion of course.

The PSN already has it's own movie-delivery service.
Also, Sony is partners with Blockbuster. So if anything... they will buddy up with Blockbuster before they did with Netflix.

morficus said,
The PSN already has it's own movie-delivery service.
Also, Sony is partners with Blockbuster. So if anything... they will buddy up with Blockbuster before they did with Netflix.

Yeah, because my decision to buy a console is gonna be based on weather i can watch netflix movies or not.... this is just one more reason to game on a PC than a console...better graphics, cheaper games, and ability to watch any movie you want.

SirEvan said,


Yeah, because my decision to buy a console is gonna be based on weather i can watch netflix movies or not.... this is just one more reason to game on a PC than a console...better graphics, cheaper games, and ability to watch any movie you want.


QFT

lylesback2 said,
Like I said in the thread, this is the worst company to hold power. Such children when it comes to these things.

All companies are children, it's business. If the boot was on the other foot, Microsoft would do the same.

Thought I read on the forums that it is only Columbia Pictures who aren't streaming, due to a licensing clause against new media devices though, rather than Sony Pictures just pulling it?

Fourjays said,
All companies are children, it's business. If the boot was on the other foot, Microsoft would do the same.

Thought I read on the forums that it is only Columbia Pictures who aren't streaming, due to a licensing clause against new media devices though, rather than Sony Pictures just pulling it?

Like how MS liscenses Windows on Vaio computers?

ew2x4

One small difference, Sony doesn't sell anything that directly competes with Windows. Both the 360 & PS3 have the ability to watch movies through the console. I'm also willing to bet Sony wants people to invest in Blu-ray as opposed to digital distribution.

ozzy76

It appeas to me that Sony and MS have a few competing products. If MS can prove that Sony is delaying lisencing these films because they want to offered on the PS3 first, it seems to me that the possibility existst that Sony could be taken to court for anti-competitive behavior.

ozzy76 said,
ew2x4

I'm also willing to bet Sony wants people to invest in Blu-ray as opposed to digital distribution.


Digital distribution won't happen seeing how the majority of ISPs around the globe have bandwidth restrictions of 250GB or less. Down under its 20-50GB/mth if your lucky.

Yeah.. not only is the xbox streaming limited to begin with (only like 1/50 movies on netflix are available for streaming), many of those streaming movies don't allow you to play them with a 360. Talk about a lame move.

Netflix has an "Instant Watch" feature where you can watch movies to your computer or approved device. All of the Instant Watch movies were available on the 360, meaning it's not limited to the Xbox, it's just Netlflix catching up. Now the Columbia movies won't play and Netflix is saying they're working on the licensing. It's still a great service that's going to get better as Netflix improves it. I'm glad the 360 is one of those approved devices.