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Netflix loses Starz contract, content to be pulled February 28

By Matthew
Sep 2, 2011
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  1. In a blow to Netflix's catalog, Starz has announced that its content will be yanked from the streaming platform early next year. In a single-paragraph press release, the Liberty-owned media…

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  2. I'm glad there is Netflix for the masses. Personally I think the content sucks and is dated and it sounds like it will be getting worse. Thats ok for us in the know we get real content elsewhere.
  3. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 545   +101

    I like Netflix but most of their stuff I have seen or is just B movie grade crap.
  4. Muggs

    Muggs TS Rookie Posts: 56

    Their streaming service is abysmal. I am glad I dropped them when they raised the price since they are offering less and charging more.
  5. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    This is a big loss for them. Perhaps a big loss for Starz if they don't get where they expect. To be honest I only saw Starz distributed movies that were already produced by others. Did I miss out on some original Starz content?! Netflix is going to have to become more agressive after uping the price (which hurts, but I was fine with), but after lossing content from Starz, it does make some of the streaming less interesting. I guess I will see where the gap leaves us when it happens.
  6. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    if this is the reason we're paying extra for the steaming and rental then blasphemy.

    netflix you're going downhill for me.
  7. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Disappointing but not really surprised here, especially when reading this from the LA Times: "Starz wanted Netflix to charge a premium price for its content in order to put the popular online video service more in line with cable and satellite providers". They don't get it, like most of the content industry. Hard to blame Netflix for absurdity like this, but they better find quality supplements after the major price hike.
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    Ok, so consider what you just said... Outfits like Starz and studios are trying to squeeze more and more money out of Netflix for streaming rights, to the point of leaving the service if they don't get what they want... They are essentially just taking their ball and going home, since they can't get the rules changed in their favor enough. Attitudes like this one from Starz are prime examples of why the overhead for the streaming content side of Netflix has exploded in cost, enough that they had to implement a change and separate the streaming service from the physical media service. Yet Netflix is to blame and is "going downhill." Really?

    I hated the pricing/service change as much as anyone else, but as the dust settles and stories like this pop up, at least I can see why it was done. And it's probably just going to get worse - once greed takes hold, and studios smell money in the water, they start expecting more and more.
  9. I hope Netflix can ride out the rough waters ahead. I dropped cable...too expensive for what you get. I hope in the mean time torrent users stick it to the studios to the point they come back to netflix begging for whatever money netflix will give them since I don't think normal consumers are interested in paying the ridiculous amounts the studios feel their content is worth.

    Hang in there netflix! Let the masses screw the studios and you can sweep in a get the content down the road at a better price...just like the music studios are doing now with itunes and Apple. Apple may not control all music content but they control enough to have a lot of leverage and I think another year or so and netflix will be the same way with online video.
  10. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    you have a valid point, and that's one way of looking at it.

    unfortunately, from a customer's point of view. when a customer gets a price hike, we expect equal if not more quality and more service, NOT less. One can also argue that the studios saw netflix's price hike and decided to slam them with a huge bill. it's a chicken and egg situation. at the end of the day, the fact of matter is that if Netflix doesn't get this sorted out, and increase its quality of service (not decrease), more and more customers like myself are going to be unhappy.
  11. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Rookie Posts: 313

    Netflix has unfortunately become the online equivalent of the little mom & pop video rental stores of yore.
     
  12. The last time I checked, only like 8 of the top 100 movies on Netflix were stream able. Pathetic if you ask me. I am 85 percent sure I am dropping the streaming option until they have at least 50 out of 100 stream able.


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