Netflix lost some content today as content owned by Sony Pictured Entertainment were removed from Netflix for streaming. Netflix executives were quick to comment that the removal will be temporary and the content will be back soon.
The content was removed because of contract issue between Sony and Liberty Media Corp who owns Starz. The contract states that certain movies cannot be listed on Netflix after they have reached a certain number of subscribers. Details on those numbers was not provided.
A Starz representative tried to reassure users with the following:
“All parties are working diligently to resolve the issue and return these films to Netflix members.”
Stay calm people, the content should be back soon according to both Netflix and Sony, so keep an eye on your queue. This is the statement that was made by Netflix:
Hi, Pauline Fischer, VP of Content Acquisition, here. You may have noticed that Sony movies through StarzPlay are not currently available to watch instantly. This is the result of a temporary contract issue between Sony and Starz and, while these two valued partners work through their differences, we hope you are enjoying the wide variety of new movies and TV shows added daily. In the next few weeks, look for great movie titles like The Fighter, Skyline and Iron Man 2 as well as the first four seasons of Mad Men, all to watch instantly.
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