Come September, 30, the Netflix cupboard may seem a bit more bare, while on October 1 Hulu’s will seem stocked to the ceiling.
It was announced on Sunday that Netflix will not be renewing its contract with Epix for its movie catalog. The cable channel is where Netflix went after it lost its deal with Starz in 2011 and where it gets films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Transformers: Age of Extinction, World War Z and so on.
Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos was quick to point out that Netflix has many original films coming to its service over the coming months along with direct deals with companies such as Disney — where it will be the exclusive U.S. pay TV home for its latest theatrical films — and Sony Animation. The question remains, however, if the very noticeable loss of high profile movies will be easy to overcome.
Meanwhile, Hulu took the opportunity on Sunday to announce that it had signed a deal to pick up the Epix catalog that Netflix was putting down. While most people think of Hulu as only a home for current television series, it has quietly been building up its classic television catalog as well as foreign TV episodes and films. The addition of the Epix catalog will happen on October 1, almost immediately following the departure from Netflix.
Hulu’s deal with Epix is not exclusive (nor was Netflix’s), and the catalog is also available via Amazon Prime Instant Video, so you will have options as to where you want to watch the films.
A common cry among the public is that Netflix doesn’t have enough content to entice them into cutting the cord, and the loss of so many high profile films at once won’t do much to fight that argument.
Some of the films currently on Netflix that will be leaving when the deal expires:
- Expendables 3
- Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Transformers: Age of Extinction
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- World War Z
Films that Epix plans to add “in the coming months” which will now appear on Amazon and Hulu include:
- Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
- Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
What do you think? Will the loss of these more current films make you rethink your opinion of Netflix’s streaming service?