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All These Movies Will Vanish From Netflix Tomorrow

February 28, 2012

For Netflix subscribers, tonight may seem like the last night on Earth. That's because more than 840 movies from Starz will vanish from the Netflix library on Wednesday, leaving the service without its premier source of first-run movies.

In September, Netflix and Starz decided to end an agreement that allowed movies and TV shows shown on Starz to be broadcast via Netflix. That deal ends on Tuesday, but Netflix will show the Starz content through an undisclosed period on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Netflix could also strike a last-minute deal or deals to save some of the movies before they disappear from its service.

So what movies do you need to prioritize tonight, before they vanish? Fortunately, TVandMoviesNow has a list of all them, prioritized by user rating. In other words, if your son wants to watch Toy Story 3, tonight's the last night to do so before he'll have to accompany you to the video store. Ditto for TangledHowl's Moving CastleSecretariat, and the popular TV series "Spartacus" and "Party Down."

TVandMoviesNow has also helpfully listed the Starz movies that are also available on the Amazon Prime service, including Toy Story 3Patton, and Warren Miller: Children of Winter. But the comparison also shows what quality programming Starz added to the Netflix lineup, and what shows Amazon lacks.

In October, Netflix said Starz content accounts for 6 percent of its viewing hours via Watch Instantly; when Showtime was still available, that number was at 10 percent. Netflix spun these stats to say that "Netflix has about 10 times the streaming content selection of full Starz, in terms of what consumers actually choose to watch."

Netflix has pledged to use the money it set aside for Starz content on other licensing deals.

Still, Netflix isn't doing that poorly. Netflix added 600,000 domestic members in the fourth quarter to reach 24.4 million, the company said in a january letter to shareholders. That's not as much as its pre-scandal July high of 24.6 million subscribers, but it's an improvement from the 21.4 million it reported in October as annoyed customers ditched the service.

Most of last quarter's additions were to the Watch Instantly streaming platform. Netflix added 220,000 streaming customers this quarter for a total of 21.67 million, helped by gift subscriptions handed out over the holidays. That, according to CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells, was a "faster than expected" recovery.

Netflix has also turned to licensing television shows, as well as developing its own content. Netflix has said it will revive Arrested Development, and an original series, Lilyhammer, debuted on Netflix this month.

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  • Damon Aldora

    I remember when I had Netflix and it was great. They had mediocre content and expected me to pay more. It does stink that Netflix lost many Starz titles, but I’m not worried now that I have Blockbuster @Home. For $10 a month, I can stream to my TV or computer, as well as rent DVDs and Blu-Rays from Blockbuster whenever I want. It’s as if I never lost Starz because I can still watch many of their movies on my iPad wherever I am like at DISH where I work or at school waiting for class to start. Netflix was good for a while before everything started changing with them.

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