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Jonathan

About 30 on my instant queue will be expiring, including several from Troma Entertainment. Ten of these don't have DVDs available through NF, so I'm watching those now.

Nate

Met lloyd kaufman at a con in Cleveland a few years ago. Cool dude, they got in a car accident on the way to the con, lloyd even had visible stitches from it... but they still made it and were all in good spirits.

Manda

This is the reason why I cancelled streaming. Choosing what to watch almost always revolved around what was expiring soon (and there was *always* something) instead of what I wanted to watch. And usually want I *really* wanted to watch was only available on DVD.

Jamie

Just because something is expiring soon doesn't mean it is gone forever. For many titles they get a new deal in place and it never expires or shows back up fairly quickly after it expires.

Bob Emmerich

This sucks. Got my parents a 3 month gift membership and gave them a list of good films to watch, which is about half this list. Hope they are all back by Monday.

Rusty

Wait, you can actually see what's expiring on your streaming queue? Mine is just a hard-to-do-anything-with infinite scroll of big idiot boxes. My expiration dates, sortability, etc. disappeared months ago.

jony surf

It is a shame we have to go to third party sites (two GREAT sites for tracking upcoming and expiring titles are InstantWatcher and Feedfliks.) For streaming to be viable, ALL dvd titles should be available on streaming. Other wise we all spend our time balancing what-we-want-to-watch-when-we-want-to-watch with frantically watching-what-is-about-to-expire. No smart-alec responses required.....

Steve

I created an iPhone app called QueueView that will show you when movies in your instant queue expire. It's come in handy over the holidays

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/queueview-netflix-queue-alerts/id482965016?mt=8

Check it out. I'm working to expand the app into a full queue management tool.

Jonathan

The difference in quality between what is expiring and what is upcoming is staggering, and not in a good way...

Jamie

@jony the cost monthly to have all of the dvd catalog available to stream would be staggering. None of us would be able to afford it.

Why netflix doesn't list the expiration date is been beyond my comprehension for a while. They only tell you like 7 days out that it is going away.

Seth

haha jony smith "no smart alec responses required..."

um. welcome to the internet. You want to control how people react to what you say? Write letters on paper to yourself.

RJM

My issue is with the short period of time they give us before the movies disappear.

They know much farther in advance.

So why wont they give us a longer heads up ?

2-3 weeks anyway.

BoB

This is why streaming is NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME! DVDs don't expire, they may break but no one ever tells me I have to stop watching them after so long.

NF is at the mercy of content providers when it comes to streaming. With DVDs, they can buy what they want at rent but streaming has them by the "short & curlys"!

I can't think of anyone else that is trying to do streaming only. They all have some other thing to offer - except Hulu... but wait, they are owned by content producers!!!

DonaldPollack

yes... The upcoming movies to be added are very very disappointing. Wow.

Nate

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is out there now for splatstick fans.

SamJ

jony surf, what do you consider smart aleck? Netflix can't make all of their DVD titles available for streaming. Each title requires permission of the license holder and that cost money. DVDs however, can be rented once they are purchased, no license required.

What?

40 titles will be expiring from my queue in less than 2 days. Oh, joy! Glad I was given enough warning to watch some of them before they go away...oh, wait....

As to the whole "don't worry, they'll be coming back" mantra, the reason they got rid of the "Saved" section of the queue was so it would be less apparent that many titles never come back.

I'm just glad I have other available options for entertainment and don't rely solely on Reedflix.

El

More good content is going than being replaced. About the only worthwhile content coming in Jan. is Supernatural.

Bruce Campbell

Hate to break it to you but no one company will EVER have access to even 90% of the media because a 1 year licensing plan from every studio for all there content woul cost what 30-50 billion dollars on top of the fact they wouldn't do it because it would immediately cannabilize everything from physical media to cable TV and to an extent theaters

Tim

What's with all the Bollywood movies?

Pat

Lots of good titles leaving us. Hopefully contracts will be renewed. I am looking forward to some older shows though with Miami Vice and Magnum and also checking out Supernatural as well.

Kat

If I wanted to watch stupid Bollywood movies, I could just turn on one of the 30-40 cable channels that I pay for and never watch.
I do not believe for one minute that studios won't cut a decently priced, package deal on their 25-75M box office catalog titles from the last 30 years. Decent movies that sell on DVD for 9.95 (which means retailers pay about $4 and the studio makes about $1 per DVD) I don't buy that they wouldn't want those titles also making them some money from a Netflix streaming deal. Netflix is just boohooing about the higher costs studios are demanding because they pissed money away on that abortion of a business plan earlier in the year. Video stores used to be on every corner and they paid around $60 wholesale for a rental-priced movie. Now, video stores are gone, DVD's have bought the wholesale prices WAY down and box office figures lately have been terrible. Somehow I doubt that in addition to all this, they would rather have their older catalog product languishing than have it out there making money streaming...even at pennies per view. Netflix doesn't know how to run this monster they have created and they don't know how to negotiate with the studios. They have raped the streaming library now that we're signed up, they throw us 1-2 "bones" a month and then load the rest with crappy programming that they probably get paid to carry (on some type of split fee per view) They are greedy and they don't want to stream titles that they have to pay a bit more for. What they don't realize (even after this summers debacle), is that they would make up that investment through customer retention and the GOOD word of mouth.

Mike

To those of you who are upset about your queues being wiped clean on only 7 days notice, I have a simple solution. Don't use the instant queue at all, use the DVD queue to store and sort your instant entries. You can play titles just as easily from either queue, and when Netflix drops instant entries, you will still have them 'saved' and you can rent them at your leisure.

There are a few titles that are only available as 'instant', but in my queue at least that is only about 20 entries out of 300.

IMACynic

Yep. 2012 will see the following for Netflix:

1. The streaming catalog will contain fewer and fewer good titles as existing deals expire, while they continue to add a few cheap, crappy titles here and there.

2. The prices WILL go up again, as they run into problems finding enough money for streaming deals with subscribers continuing to leave and the stock price refusing to climb out of the basement.

3. New additions to the DVD/BD catalog will continue to diminish as Hastings rapes the disc funds to pay for streaming in his stubborn attempts to force everyone into streaming.

4. A turning point will arrive when a competitor will have the right combination of price and catalog and the customer defections will accelerate.

And before the end of 2013, Netflix -- a shadow of its former self -- will be sold to one of the content providers and turned into a useless, expensive advertisement for its own wares.

Hastings is too stubborn and narcissistic to do what is necessary to turn the company around at this point. He went against his own desires to give the customer what they wanted in order to build the company up, but his patience has run out and he won't turn back now. He WILL kill this company.

Pity, really. I liked it.

Galagatron

Netflix has surely noticed having titles available for streaming just for a limited time increases buzz about them, however that can easily backfire. It can feel like a chore to watch something just because it might expire (or just because it is in the queue), but I figure if I've had it in my queue for so long, then I don't really want to watch it.
The cost of streaming will increase at some point; there's no doubt there. That's when splitting the plans will turn out to be an even bigger mistake, because $8 just for flat unlimited streaming, for the supposed purpose of paying for the high cost to obtain titles, was low.
As for the complaints about whether "good" titles are available, that's just a matter of perspective and taste, I guess. In my opinion, if streaming consisted mostly of brand new movies a few months or a year out of the multiplex or the newest shows, it wouldn't be worth having.

D

I actually think what has just happened this weekend is quite remarkable. About 25% of my queue simply disappeared! Not a title, not two titles, but thirty titles. One out of every four titles. And Netflix thinks that the future of video on the Internet is streaming????

I used to think that Netflix was this great company, and it "just" messed up majorly with this pricing debacle over the past while. But I am beginning to think that it poorly run, poorly managed, and just got lucky for a while. If this is what streaming looks like, it will DIE. And the content providers will lose the most because of their short-sightedness.

I am astonished at the ineptitude and that this has NOT yet made the major news. Ineptitude? Hmmmmm... it seems almost fraud-like given the numbers.

rjr

Serenity is still streaming...

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