Netflix loses popular movie titles but Hulu gains them through Epix deal
Hundreds of Netflix users’ favorite movies won’t be available for binge-watching after the streaming service ends its agreement with the cable service Epix in September.
Many movies from Liongate, MGM and Paramount studios will no longer be available, Netflix Chief Content officer Ted Sarandos said on Sunday in a blog post. Titles include “Hunger Games” series, “World War Z,” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” This will only affect U.S. Netflix users.
“We know some of you will be disappointed by the expiration of the Epix movie,” Sarandos said. “Our goal is to provide great movies and TV series for all tastes, that are only available on Netflix. We’re confident you’ll enjoy our ever-improving catalogue.”
Epix, however, isn’t losing much from ending its agreement with Netflix. Hulu also announced on Sunday it sealed a multi-year deal with the cable network that will start on Oct. 1.
“Hulu has become one of the most popular premium streaming services and PIX’s agreement is evidence of their understanding of the value that our blockbuster Hollywood films, deep library of classic film titles, and original programming brings to consumers,” Epix CEO Mark Greenberg said in Hulu’s blog.
Sarandos said although these popular movies are leaving Netflix, it is bringing some new original content to its service. Some projects to look forward to are a new comedy by Adam Sandler called “Ridiculous Six” and a holiday movie called “A Very Murray Christmas” starring Bill Murray, set to release in December.
“Just like we’ve changed the game for TV watchers by releasing entire seasons around the world at the same time, we have begun making movies that will premiere on Netflix globally and in some cases, simultaneously in theaters,” said Sarandos.
Hulu still only has a fraction of the subscribers Netflix has, about 10 million users compared with 65 million for Netflix, according to CNN. Hulu’s agreement with Epix is an initiative to expand its streaming service in the movie department.