September 2, 2011

Netflix News…. None of it Good!

In a Press Release issued today Starz has announced that they have end­ed nego­ti­a­tions with Net­flix to renew stream­ing rights of Starz con­tent. The cur­rent agree­ment will expire Feb­ru­ary 28th 2012 and all con­tent will be removed from Net­flix stream­ing.
It was rumored that nego­ti­a­tions broke down due to Starz insis­tence that Net­flix adopt tiered pric­ing even after they have already imple­ment­ed a huge pric­ing increase sep­a­rat­ing the disc and stream­ing options of their ser­vice. This means los­ing access to Starz series like Spar­ta­cus and Camelot and also los­ing con­tent from Sony and Dis­ney of whom Starz has exclu­sive rights to. Mak­ing mat­ters worse this bomb­shell was released on the same day that the new pric­ing mod­el kicks in for Net­flix!
So how many peo­ple are think­ing about dump­ing Net­flix? In my opin­ion they had bet­ter post some seri­ous con­tent for stream­ing to jus­ti­fy the increase if they want me to keep pay­ing! This news isn’t bod­ing well for my deci­sion into keep­ing the ser­vice either!
source: Engad­get


  1. IronJade - September 2, 2011 8:05 pm

    Nev­er bought into it to begin with but all that pres­sure on con­sole devel­op­ers to enact this Net­flix inte­gra­tion into con­soles has become all but in vain as the only rea­son i ever used it was to let my daugh­ters watch Dis­ney con­tent.… and now that that is out, nev­er again.

  2. CABXYZ - September 2, 2011 9:36 pm

    I’m glad that I have already watched the Spar­ta­cus series but will be sad that I won’t get to see the sec­ond sea­son instant­ly through my con­sole. With HBO going it’s own route I can see Stars pulling the same deal. With the price increase and now loos­ing anoth­er big play­er, Sony being the first, Net­flix bet­ter pull a killer game plan to keep this sub­scriber.

  3. ScrotusKilmystr - September 2, 2011 9:51 pm

    well, Starz want­ed Net­flix to tier price their con­tent cost­ing us more which is uncalled for being how much we are start­ing to pay this month it’s just a shame being that Net­flix sparked the stream­ing rev­o­lu­tion
    with the con­tent get­ting bet­ter at least with TV shows being put up in their entire­ty I’m gonna hold on for a lit­tle longer with bat­ed breath and hope for some­thing to entice my loy­al­ty!

  4. thsoundman - September 3, 2011 9:32 am

    This does sort of suck but Net­flix still has hun­dreds of shows taht I am still watch­ing. And the fact of the mat­ter is even with their new pric­ing mod­el I still save tons of mon­ey vs the alter­na­tive. The biggest hur­dle that has to be over­come this decade is the “bun­dled” pric­ing tiers that cable com­pa­nies use. Lets face it the only thing that I actu­al­ly want to watch on TV is sports. I don’t care about HGTV, TNT, TBS, DISCOVERY (because it’s real­i­ty shows now) or any of the oth­er chan­nels. Head­way is already being made in this mat­ter in the terms of PS3. PS3 is going to be get­ting both NHL and NFL for pur­chase with­out then need for a cable/satellite con­tract. I hon­est­ly think at least 50% of peo­ple only get cable for the sports. I don’t have a stat to prove that but every­one I’ve ever talked to says the same thing.


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