Netflix 'Streamageddon'? Turns Out It Wasn't So Bad LA Times
The so-called "streamageddon" at Netflix, when the service lost hundreds of titles from its library, turned out to be not such a big deal after all, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The "great 'Netflix purge' of 2013 was wildly exaggerated," the story says.
The panic started when a site that monitors which TV shows and movies are available for streaming noted that 1,794 titles would disappear May 1 from Netflix. The story was picked up by other news sites, such as CNN Money.
"Netflix did lose about 1,000 titles -- not the higher number that has been bouncing around Internet blogs -- because the titles fell out of availability to on-demand services. At the same time, it added 500 titles, including 'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol,' 'The Hunger Games' and 'Captain America: The First Avenger,'" the story notes.
The reason was the business structure of the pay television release "window," which means that movies regularly shift in and out of availability for streaming, the story notes.