Netflix users will see nearly 1,800 titles disappear from the video streaming service. The video streaming service is losing titles from MGM, Universal and Warner Bros. because its licensing agreements with the movie studios have expired. Classic movie titles like “Dr. No,” “Goldfinger” and “Thieves Like Us” will no longer be available for Netflix instant streaming.
Netflix titles have a tendency to come and go from the service, and are rotated out if they are not watch frequently enough. Netflix will add more than 500 titles May 1, but we also have titles expiring, this ebb and flow happens all the time.
This isn’t Netflix’s first major loss of content. In 2012, Starz let its licensing agreement with the video streaming service expire and Netflix lost another 800 hours of programming from the History Channel and A&E
Nexflix says losing the titles won’t hurt its business because it doesn’t want to be a clearing house of rentals. Netflix goal is to be an “expert programmer,” not a “broad distributor” of online content.