At the end of this month, the agreement for Starz supplied content on Netflix Instant video streaming expires. Last year, Netflix and Starz were not able to negotiate an extension to keep Starz original series and movies on Netflix streaming. That means that just over 840 movies that are currently on Netflix streaming will no longer be available come March 1st. Netflix has stated that they have secured the rights to some of the more popular movies directly from the studios. However, there are some movies such as Tangled and Toy Story 3 that are not coming back anytime soon. For myself, I was looking for an easy way to prioritize the titles I’m interested in watching before they expire.
On TVandMoviesNOW.com, I’ve posted a list with all of the Netflix titles expiring at the end of the month. All of the content is on one page and sortable for easy use. Note, some of the expiring titles are not supplied from Starz, so they may come back at a later date. I’ve also added a column that shows if the movie is also available on Amazon Prime Instant Video. If you’re a Prime member, you can watch those titles at a later date (there’s just over 50 of them). (Full disclosure: TVandMoviesNOW.com is a site I built).
It will be interesting to see in March how many Starz supplied movies Netflix was able to secure the rights to. Additionally, the bad thing about the Starz titles is that none of them were available in high definition or surround sound. Hopefully, when Netflix replaces some of the films, they will be available in HD and Dolby Digital Plus.
To help make-up for the loss of Starz content, Netflix announced today a new agreement with the Weinstein Company for foreign films and documentaries. The agreement gives Netflix exclusive rights to stream movies such as The Artist which has been nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. While no definite date has been supplied for the availability of the new content, some of the titles include Undefeated, Sarah’s Key, the Intouchables and W.E.
Update: I’ve learned from Netflix that the Weinstein Company films will be generally available one year after theatrical release.
Update (2/23/2012): The Starz original series Boss is still available on Netflix today but is supposed to expire tomorrow. Also, you can now sort on expiring titles in TVandMoviesNOW.com in the main search screen.