Netflix Is About to Disappear Some Classics

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They can take our lives — and they can also take Braveheart off our instant queues.

Netflix, the subscription video streaming service, is about to remove some classics from its streaming library on New Year’s Day, CNN reports. The gems that will be unavailable as of Wednesday include Braveheart (of “they can take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom” fame), Titanic, Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Altogether, more than 80 titles, including some episodes of Saturday Night Live, won’t be beamed into homes anymore.

The list originally emerged on Reddit and was confirmed by CNN. A Netflix spokesman said the changes amount to nothing more than routine additions and deletions because of expiring and changing licensing contracts.

In another 2014 change, Netflix is testing a cheaper streaming subscription — $6.99 per month instead of $7.99 per month — that comes with only standard-definition video, instead of high-def, Variety reports.

5 comments
RB1
RB1

i'd like to see them create some different categories, like a category for movies/tv shows that are targeted for removal, so that people can take final advantage of watching the programs. 

It seems that the categories are way to limited to what someone has viewed before. People chose to pay for this programming in order to have a much wider range of movie offerings, not a narrowed down computer generated list based upon what one chose to view in the past month! From what I've figured, there are countless movies that I'm not getting access too because of this computer system of offerings. I would like to have a more interactive system from netflix! 

I can understand that netflix may have a data storage limitation in what they can offer at any one time and thus must make room for new offerings. I believe that eventually some of these removed movies will return based upon their ratings and viewing numbers before being pulled. Lets face it people, when your limited to space, one needs to change things out occasionally!

j.villain1
j.villain1

Looked at the list and was depressed at how many were never available in Canada.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

...and with that, Netflix just went from being a 'C' grade to a 'C-' grade.  In case readers are not aware, I'm using the academic grading system, whereby a 'C' means a 'Satisfactory' performance. 

I've never given Netflix a 'B' (Very Good) in the 5 years I've had membership, because, quite frankly, it wasn't.

Yet, I won't give Netflix a 'D' (Needs Improvement), because it has enough variety in its TV show offerings to keep me interested.  However, if it continues to purge classic movies/shows, it may sink to 'D' level sometime in the future.

frankz00
frankz00

@RB1 I've always said that human curation is far superior to these stupid algorithms made by a nerd in a lab.  Most of these "suggestions" are way off base because they don't take into account the arbitrary random fickleness of humans!

thesauros
thesauros

@mrbomb13 Would you recommend that I join Netflix? I've purchased both "D" things and "C" things in the past.  Sometimes I was pleased with the result and sometimes I was not. Most often I'm not as pleased with something that's a "D" than if it was, you know, an "A", or even a "B" - still . . . What do you think I should do? Could you answer me tonight because at Christmas my kids said we should get Netflix.