At the stroke of midnight May 1, 2013 Netflix will be losing close to 2000 movies according to a report published on PC Magazine April 30, 2013. “There are a total of 1,794 older movies from Warner Bros., MGM, and Universal which will no longer be available to Netflix users” because they are being moved to a new online streaming video site call Warner Archive Instant.
Some of the titles you will no longer be able to watch on Netflix are: “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”, “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” and “Dr. No”.
In the midst of this upsetting change Netflix is also undergoing a small test on the movie queue interface. Some users will see only see “recommended titles” and others will only see limited sorting options. These changes are not sitting well with most customers according to many of the users. The good news is that Netflix will change users back to the old interface if they are a part of the test, don’t like it, and call customer service to address their concerns.
All companies need to change in order to grow, the key is finding changes that customer’s like and making these changes in strategic intervals so that customer’s do not find themselves getting frustrated with uncomfortable change.
Netflix and other online streaming companies are also subject to movie and television rights. This can be very competitive and often create discomfort for customers – it is not necessarily the streaming site that limits your viewing pleasure.
One thing that Netflix has begun to try (along with hulu.com) is to create their own television series. If you are a fan of the darker paranormal genre the Netflix original tv series “Hemlock Grove” might help ease your pain.