The dematerializing of the videos is due to licensing conditions that expire at the end of this calendar year with various studios. Netflix is generally mum on when and what titles will disappear, but some sleuths on the Best of Netflix subreddit have been able to put together a comprehensive list of the soon-to-vaporize titles, which include favorites like “Top Gun”, “Titanic”, and the critically acclaimed “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo”. Many fans in the subreddit’s announcement thread showed dismay that the amazing “Troll II” was headed for the chopping block, and this writer shares their disappointment.
A spokesperson for Netflix told Forbes that the move isn’t something that should be surprising; titles in customers’ queues that are facing imminent deletion will have a reminder communicating how much time is left before they’re gone. “Netflix adds and deletes titles from its streaming service due to licensing contracts as a matter of routine,” they went on.
The spokesperson also mentioned that several new films and TV shows are slated to be introduced in the near future including “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and seasons 5-8 of “Dexter”, and that many of the titles that will perish may well be back sooner rather then later as the company shakes out new licensing deals with the studios and distributors who own the rights to the films.
This writer is hoping that Netflix finds a way to make some classic but more obscure titles part of a “permanent collection”, with “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka” and “Ronin” as a good start.
Source: Forbes Business