Netflix removes South Park and other titles from its library

News Clare Hopping 17:11, 1 May 2013

Netflix has cut almost 1,800 titles from its catalogue with another 1,000 to go including South Park and James Bond

Netflix has removed 1,800 titles from its library today, with another 1,000 to go tomorrow, including South Park and classic James Bond films such as Dr. No and Goldfinger.

The news comes via US website InstantWatcher that keeps track of any new films added - or old films removed - from Netflix.

Another US-based website, Slate, jumped to the conclusion that the reason the media service has withdrawn the content is because the films and TV programmes will soon be available exclusively on Warner Archive Instant, a classic film streaming service not yet available in the UK.

However, a spokesperson from Warner Bros. later told the site the films would not form part of its Warner Archive Instant service.

The site contacted Joris Evers of Netflix who said, 'Netflix often licenses movies on an exclusive basis and sometimes chooses not to renew less watched titles.'

He also said many of the movies expiring at midnight were part of a deal Netflix had with Epix.

Warner Instant quickly jumped onto Twitter to confirm it had nothing to do with the decision to remove some titles from Netflix, saying, 'We aren't involved in Netflix’s business decisions & our content is drawn solely from WB's library & aren't streaming Universal/MGM content'.

Netflix then gave The Verge a statement, which read:

'The vast majority of the titles that expire on Wednesday are older features that were aggregated by Epix. We recently added many great, more recent titles such as ParaNorman (Universal), Hunger Games (Epix), Safe (Epix) and Bachelorette (Weinstein). Tomorrow we will also add MI:2, among many other titles.'

'Netflix is a dynamic service, we constantly update the TV shows and movies that are available to our members. We will add more than 500 titles May 1, but we also have titles expiring, this ebb and flow happens all the time.'

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