While Netflix is working overtime to fill its service with original content, that struggle is being spurred by the fact that the streaming service is losing tons of movies, and December 2016 will be no different.
Today, Netflix announced what will be leaving next month, and there are some heavy hitters on this list. There are some great 30 for 30 documentaries that are leaving including Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks, Once Brothers, and The Price of Gold. Also, Netflix’s contract with HGTV is up, which means we’re losing comfort shows like Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, and House Hunters. On the movie side, January will also be saying farewell to Blade 2, Bring It On, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Coming to America, Dazed and Confused, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Stardust, and Saving Private Ryan among others.
While some movies do get rotated back into Netflix’s library, it’s a big blow not only to Netflix, but also to movie fans in general when these films leave because Netflix is basically setting the terms of what films we watch. They’ve become the new Blockbuster except without the wide selection (and that’s saying something when you consider that Blockbuster refused to stock NC-17 or unrated movies). The streaming world is trending to the point to where if you want movies, you’re going to have to find them on Amazon, Hulu, FilmStruck, Shudder, and other services. As Vox pointed out, we’re going to reach the point to where cable companies won’t bundle channels; they’ll bundle streaming services.
Here’s the full list of films and TV shows leaving Netflix in November: