The Netflix library has half the titles it did four years ago

I wouldn’t mind watching Blackadder again, if they get around to putting it back onto Netflix.

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It appears that there are complete episodes and other extras on YouTube.

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The intricate and bizarro licensing agreements made many years ago held up a lot. Many shows only licensed the music for broadcast TV, and either can’t make enough via DVD or streaming to cover the costs of re-licensing the music or take years to track down and get all the legal stuff worked out, if they even can. Some have put out DVD releases with the music replaced (in some cases even the theme song). Some have disclaimers like “Missing music is due to inability to obtain rights for some content.” or “
the artists […] routinely deny such requests.”

Sadly, another case where pirating provides a superior experience. While it is possible to download an srt file and read the subtitles on your laptop while you watch the movie on the TV, that really isn’t as good.

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I too have noticed my “Saved” list getting longer, and it used to be very rare that anything I was looking for wasn’t available. Looking at it now, there are quite a few absolutely not-obscure things on there (and some of you might recognize a couple recently discussed from threads here):

Le Beau Serge
The Double McGuffin
J-Men Forever
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Irma La Douce
In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey
The President’s Analyst
The Hospital
On the Silver Globe
Jadoo
And, oddly enough, discs 2,3 and 4 of Satantango, which is weird because I have disc one at home.

There certainly isn’t any rhyme or reason to it, as there are far more obscure things available. I’d hate for Netflix to give up on the DVD thing like this because the concept is too great of a dream to have dashed. Even if it’s not instantaneous streaming, just having a source that could have literally everything by bypassing the usual deals with gatekeepers that streaming services have to deal with would be amazing. And they were so close.

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When they only have a random, partial collection of disks from a movie or television series, it’s pretty weird, especially when they don’t have the first disk in the series, which I’ve seen. Sometimes they just seem to have some strange glitches - one DVD moved back and forth from the queue to the “Saved” list, back to the queue - where it was the only disk it wouldn’t allow me to change the number of on the list.

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They did? I haven’t checked which seasons we have in Netherland, but Peppa Pig is incredibly popular in our house. Together with Ben & Holly.

Doctor Who is another one where we don’t get all the seasons, but I understand some other countries don’t get Doctor Who at all, and we did recently get season 9 added, so I guess I’m happy with that.

I also thought Netflix would get all Disney, but Rebels is missing.

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Sure, but the part of your vision that you explained did not address the problems I mentioned.

Come to think of it, why? Companies are supposed to make money by consumption.
For me, the flat fees are a large part of the problem.
Why should I pay for HBO / Sky’s entire portfolio because I want to watch Game of Thrones?
If I want to watch Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, why should I pay for The Man in the High Castle (Hey Amazon: “Das Grobe Nazi-Reich”? Seriously? If you’re doing a show on Nazis, hire someone who speaks German!).

Why should I pay the same money when I don’t watch anything for a month as when I spend an entire weekend binge-watching a high-budget production?

I like subscriptions as an option when I want to consume a lot. I don’t appreciate it when they are the only affordable option.

Can you not buy episodes or subscriptions on iTunes?

It’s amazing. The media company strategists are maximising short-term gain, but fundamentally eroding the core desire of people to interact with media pay models.

Heck, Tumblr gives me more fun than the latest crap “big release” from iTunes / Amazon.

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While I agree on multiple levels (gosh tumblr is fun), short term is all these people are being instructed in their jobs to address.

On that topic, shame that the company is run by Yahoo, I expect it to be sold to AOL and destroyed in no time.

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Yep. The public markets are great for exiting an investment, but instantly put the product / service at risk.

Shrieking investors pound their fists and threaten evisceration if CEOs don’t meet requirements (more profit), and that inevitably cascades down an organisation. It isn’t advantageous - it disrupts a lot of clear-minded thinking, and has all the employees constantly on the run.

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