Discussion: Complaints: February - May 2017






The pessimist complains about the wind,
The optimist expects it to change,
The realist adjusts the sails.
William A. Ward, Inspirational Writer





WELCOME TO THE COMPLAINTS PAGE for all Netflix-related issues. Here, you have carte blanche to gripe, grumble, groan, vent, rant, bemoan, snivel, whimper, whine, grouse, growl, repine, bellyache, bewail, or perhaps, offer suggestions for how to prevail. . . .


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December - January 2016-17


85 comments:

  1. Star Wars clone wars expiring way to go Notflix. Really you have the exclusive season 6 and it is not even safe. I guess that freaking annoying BABOOM ugly Neflix with white background crap is the only thing that is safe from not going away.

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  2. Hi Tony - I have now updated the link to this page that is on the Home page, just above where comments start. I kind of spaced on doing that when I put this page up a few days ago. Oops! Thanks for catching it, and letting me know.

    This page has been getting views, though. If people went to the previous page, they would see there was a new one in my last comment, and I did remember to update the links in the sidebar and footer.

    I'm sure as the month goes on, we'll have more comments here.

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  3. It looks like a big purge from Warner and NBC Universal but squat on anything from these paid shill NF original loving tech blogs. If it was not for this site and Instantwatcher I would not know what goes away and what they added new.

    I just wish someone did a website for Hulu that had Instantwatcher what's new and what is going away. Having to rely on these bias tech sites for Hulu I miss many things that they add and cough even remove sometimes like the Viacom purge only someone here told me about.

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  4. I wish they would stop doing original content and go back to their original mission - a library of movies and TV series for people who don't have the time or patience to catch them when originally released. I find myself turning more and more to Tubi. It seems like lot of series wind up there after Netflix cancels them.
    -pshoes

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    1. I agree. Original content thanks to Notflix I hate that word original now ruined what once was a great place to watch classic and current TV shows. The same thing happened to HBO and Showtime too.

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  5. Hi Tony, time for another friendly reminder. You have begun leaving complaint-like comments after every new expiring title is added in the comments on the main page. If it's really important to you to make these comments, please come to the complaints page, and reference the expiring titles, and then make your comments about them. If not important enough to do that, then the comments don't need to be made at all. Thanks for your cooperation.

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    1. Sorry I did not really though I left complaints. I just said something like "no surprise NF" and "at least it did not expire before Christmas". I could have really gone off about Buffy and X-Files expiring but I did not say anything.

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    2. Hi again, it's true your most recent comments on the main page have been fairly innocuous. Still, when there's a conversational comment from Tony after every new expiring title added, it gets in the way of having a smooth flow of information that readers want to get through as quickly as possible. I don't mind such comments once in a while - say, 2 or 3 times a month. That's the most any one of the other readers ever contributes of those kinds of comments on the main page.

      Keep in mind that we have two pages where conversation is appropriate, encouraged even - Discussions and Complaints. I'm sure you would have gotten some support had you gone off about Buffy and X-Files here on the Complaints page. It's not too late.

      Please use one of the "conversation" pages for just-me-weighing-in kinds of comments. And think carefully before leaving comments on the Home page. Remember, that page isn't about me, and it isn't about you. It's about all readers getting the information they are coming to the blog to find: expiring titles, renewals, disappearing seasons, etc.

      Returning shows are iffy. Unless it's something that someone has asked about, like the recent Brain Games, I would prefer that favorite returning titles be put on the Discussions page (sometimes the Existing Titles We Recommend page is appropriate, too). That way, if others want to chime in, it's no problem.

      Thanks for listening, Tony.

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    3. Tony,
      I removed your main-page comment about Clone Wars needing to be updated on the list because it was unnecessary. Please follow these rules regarding comments about needed fixes:
      > For anything that needs to be fixed on the master expiring list, please wait until AFTER the complete list update is done for the day. I just wrote notes about changes to the update process, which I suggest you read, if you haven't already. If a problem doesn't get fixed with the update, then it's fine to let me know. Otherwise, let me do my job. If the needed fix isn't brought up until after the update, then wait until the next day's update is done. Let me decide what is urgent enough to go in and fix right away, and what can wait until the following day.

      > For other kinds of fixes around the blog, such as updating links, spelling errors, etc., please wait 24 hours before telling me. I can't twitch my nose, like Samantha on Bewitched, and make everything happen at once. Give me a little time to get to everything. If, after a day has passed, the mistake is still there, then I will welcome your letting me know.

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  6. I can't wait for this to come out.
    http://www.cartoonbrew.com/classic/boomerang-launching-5-month-classic-cartoon-streaming-service-149169.html

    Now only if Marvel and the various classic TV shows would come out with a ad free version because I can't depend on Notflix to add anything good except for more original adult crap with there stupid baboom intro.

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  7. Also Notflix added this past month freaking over 47 Mature rated garbage titles. Really. Not everyone wants to watch programs with sex and swearing. At least Hulu and soon Boomerang streaming service will get my money maybe even Cruchroll and Filmation for anime then I most likely dump NF when I finish some very few shows by summer's end.

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  8. Agatha Christie's Poirot - Seasons 1-6 Expired Without Notice
    Great move Notflix. To think I was going to continue watching this. What kind of stupid service are you when you want to watch a partial series but miss the pass seasons. Really Notflix you are on thin ice with me and when it melts after the summer I can finally drop you for good.

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    1. Yeah, this is pretty low. I don't think Netflix gives 2 thoughts to taking things off, whether full shows or partial. They're all about, "look how many shows we added," and touting all their original stuff, most of which is just fair, at best.

      Poirot, on the other hand, is a classic, and deserves better treatment. So do Netflix's customers.

      Even though I completely agree with you, Tony, I would encourage you to go ahead and watch the seasons that are left. There's not a lot of carry-over from one episode or season to the next - other than becoming familiar with the different personalities of the characters, which you can do at whatever point you start. One can enjoy each episode as an entity unto itself. David Suchet is the perfect Poirot. I can watch him all day, and have done so.

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    2. So we agree. Really bad. I heard the new service Britbox has Poirot. It seems that Notflix cares more about original garbage yes most of it is garbage and now you have to get all of these micro subscriptions as I can't wait for Boomerang's service now we need a Disney Marvel toon service too. Thank goodness they are cheap $5 to $6 a month but still I want the old Netflix when I called it Netflix and they had everything that people would want not mature hot garbage come on Notflix over 40 MA titles you added this month.

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    3. I agree Tony, they will probably raise the price again so we can watch even less. There are top notch Brit shows like Prime Suspect, they don't even offer unless you rent the disks. I have had 2-3 movies "waiting" for 2 years that they posted in their browse section. Got so fed up that I bought the entire Midsomer Murders just so I can watch them again in order. They remove 1/2 of Poirot but add a whole line of gay content movies which I guess they think is okay. I think it is time to pull the switch. If you check, they offer the same movies in most of their genre's. Netflix used to be excellent. Now about the only thing good they have is Longmire. New Iron Fist is a joke that just drags on and on, nothing like the comics. Daredevil was so far from the comics that I quit watching that. They are like Directv; 500 channels and nothing to watch :)

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    4. I am on the edge of canceling NF but if they have the nerve even raise my rates even a $1 while I still have the craptastic service I will cancel them immediately.

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  9. I just saw a yahoo video that says netflix in april will get rid of stars for an up and down thumb. This is stupid. I want to see how much I liked it before not just an up thumb for something I thought was ok but wouldn't watch again.

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    1. https://github.com/m5n/netflix-ratings-extractor (also see Discussions & Ideas - Jan-Feb page, but i agree with you)

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    2. Thanks, now I can complain there too. :)

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    3. I welcome the thumbs up thumbs down rating if it works and they stop shoving there original mature garbage shows and movies everywhere.

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  10. Buffy, Angel, X-Files is going away on Notflix. Really this service is sucking more everyday. At least Hulu has those shows but the way Notflix is going I can drop there horrible service and not see another stupid mature original shoved down on me or any more shrinking credits or autoplay filthy original trailers. I will wait until Boomerang streaming service comes out then I might even get britbox and one of the animie services and then I can drop Notflix for good. Good riddance.

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  11. There's a real good amount of TV series and movies going off in March. I can't watch everything which is a bummer but is there a reason that so many good titles are expiring at the same time?

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    1. it's a lot of fox tv content. netflix probably wants to save its money for its originals, and fox probably wants to get in the streaming service game themselves or have a better offer (maybe exclusive deals with hulu). angel, buffy, firefly, and dollhouse are all joss whedon properties although on different networks (fox and WB, now CW).

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    2. There originals suck butt. Sorry but I am saying it. Even the very few original content for family's can't hold a candle to the great licensed content that expires everyday. Also whenever I rarely watch there original content I have to mute my soundbar so I don't hear that annoying baboom intro. The worst intro of any network.

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    3. lol a lot of complaints over the intro of programming that "suck butt" you shouldnt be having that problem unless you are watching those show. The originals they have are for a wide audiance, they need to make a show that fits for everyone. You're not going to like every show. But over time im sure you would find a few. Lol just saying a lot of complaints from something you dont have to have lol..

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  12. Per your request to not rant in the main page.
    "quote Nica
    Arrested Development seasons 1-3

    This is a bit weird to me, since Netflix produced the fourth season. I would have thought when that happened, they retained the rights to the first three seasons, as well, but I saw it on another site (I don't remember which one) and the availability notice pops up on my XBox when I go to play these seasons." end quote

    Tony
    Only seasons that have that annoying baboom intro which I hate are safe.

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    1. Thank you, Tony, for sharing your complaint here. Perfectly done.
      Whoever thought baboom was a good idea is a baboon. I don't watch much of the original stuff, but when I do, I mute the sound before clicking on the title, and wait until after the baboom to turn it on again.

      The more original shows they produce, the greater the need for a more appealing intro.

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    2. The thing is when they first started to do originals when they had the better red and white NF logo there originals use to show the NF logo and it was quiet. Then they redesign there logo making it uglier and then the loud baboom comes on. Heck it even did it when you first launched the app but they must have actually listened to complaints because it no longer does that anymore on any of my devices.

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  13. This moron is why the Fox shows are going away
    http://www.polygon.com/2017/3/22/15023026/netflix-leaving-shows-april-buffy-arrested-development
    "Netflix’s chief of content, Ted Sarandos, has previously said the company’s goal is to have at least 50 percent of the content on the service be exclusive to Netflix. "
    So half of the content will be garbage original mostly mature rated and the licensed content will be no name dollar store B movies and TV shows.

    Hulu step up your game get all the shows that NF or Notflix is dropping and you will be number 1 streaming service in a year or so.

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  14. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=newssearch&cd=10&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiWhcvWhuvSAhUpxoMKHYhGB4gQqQIIQCgAMAk&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fentertainment%2F2017%2F02%2F28%2Fnetflix-is-fast-becoming-king-comedy.html&usg=AFQjCNHG3OdWKqRXUSQyKJ9hJA8aTZrARw&sig2=hKHIVCZuEBfkyeIc9Yx0Fg
    Foul mouth stand up comedian waste money but no they won't renew stuff people watch or get any new good licensed content.

    This is worse than HBO. I remember years ago they went crazy on the stand up comedy filth but for Notflix to release a stupid new filty stand up comedy every-week wasting millions of dollars with some lowlife standing in front of a stage yet they can't renew X-Files, Buffy. Netflix or Notflix deserves to go bankrupt one day.

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  15. renewals are good in general, but i've been burned a few times now watching programs only for them to be renewed the last week or right around when or after they were supposed to expire. i wish they would be more prompt with the renewals (last minute negotiations and not just blatant inconsideration, i assume) and always opt for longer renewals than one month.

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    1. Amen. Also, if some renewals are the result of customers begging for titles not to be let go, the last minute reprieve could be avoided if Netflix gave more notice of expiring titles. I'd also like to know when renewal is possible vs. it's definitely leaving, no chance of renewal.

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    2. yeah i binge watched seasons 1-3 of arrested development in 2-3 days becuse i was unsure if they were being kept! barely had time with every other FOX show that got taken down, and replaced with the batch of 2015-2016 cancelled FOX shows.....lol..

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  16. I've noticed Netflix has removed something else. Very frustrating as I used this all the time as I love foreign films.

    You used to be able to click on "browse" and get a number of categories including "international" which you could click on and see, say, "French" which you could click on and see all their French films.

    As of this morning, "international" is gone as a category and, to see international films you need to click on the other categories (like, say, "drama" and then click on "international drama") but there is no way to simply look up French movies or movies from any other countries.

    This comes a couple of weeks after Netflix wiped the language listing from their movies. Now, unless you happen to know which country a particular movie is from, you have to go to IMDB and look it up yourself.

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    1. they don't make it easy; i'm not sure how it benefits customers to remove the language or country of origin from the description other than there are probably a majority of customers who otherwise wouldn't take a chance on something foreign, especially with subtitles. that said, you can look up category numbers for browsing. https://netflixcodes.me/ should help you find specific countries. i know it's still an external site like IMDB, but at least this will get you back to netflix.

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    2. Thanks for the link, Travis. I'd never heard of that site before so gave it a try and, voila, all their streamable Japanese movies showed up. Nice. I've bookmarked the code list.

      Hopefully Netflix doesn't alter things in order to render it useless any time soon like they did those extensions you could download that sorted your DVD queue.

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    3. The international category is back when you click on "browse"!

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  17. Great point, Luke, and a great resource, Travis. I've been frustrated by the reduction of search categories in "Browse," too. Another way to go is to type what you want in the Netflix site search box (where you search for titles), e.g., Japanese movies. That will bring up the same lot as the Secret Categories site. It can be faster if you know exactly what you want, but you don't get the sort option pull-down menu, which can help if it's a big category.

    Memory Lane: I used to love looking through the Silent Films category - all those great Buster Keaton comedies, and classic dramas. Now there's a total of 6 Silents, and 2 of them are the Trip to the Moon short. Boo Hoo.

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    1. I guess NF will come out with a new original silent series mature rating and a loud baboom before and after it finishes waking anyone up if watched at night.

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  18. Anyone else hving a problem not seeing what language a program is in until u start watching it? I used to be able to click details on a tv show or movie and it would list all available languages and subtitles for that progam. now under that box all it says is "streaming in HD". this is extremely annoying since theres so much foreign tv and movies on netflix.

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    1. i guess it depends on the app. ps3 netflix app still lists all available languages and subtitles under info without having to start watching.

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    2. yeah my ps3 is fine, just on chrome, where i usually watch, it does not. or when im clicking the links from this site to see expiring movies it opens in chrome and cant see them, i have to play them to find out what language its in

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  19. I dont like this thumbs up thumbs down crab... some shows have a % of what fits what you watch, but if ur searching thru a bunch of movies u cant see ratings from them at all, Netflix seems to be making it harder to distinquish between indie movies, hollywood movies, international movies, and blending them all into "not originals" lol because its getting harder and harder to use efficiently.. IMO anyways

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    1. I've literally spent over a decade rating things in Netflix and that's all.... gone now????

      They can't even be bothered to import old ratings data into their thumb format???

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    2. For now, the DVD side still has the star ratings which is good as I've been rating everything I watch since I joined about a decade ago. The thumbs up and down are only for the streaming side at least for now anyway.

      I do like the fact that, if you give a movie a thumbs down, it turns black and white and fades. I think I read somewhere that giving something a thumbs down means it won't show up again. I'll have to try it tomorrow.

      I'd like to be able to hide those movies I'm never going to watch like the Hindu stuff or whatever they are (Netflix got a whole slew of them at once a few weeks back and my New Arrivals section is clogged with them).

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    3. Yeah but what if you thumbs down something and then you decide a year later you might like those Hindu movies, but none of them show up? They just need to keep it simple and basic. itll keep everyone happy

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    4. And Kari i know me too! Any written reviews are still there, but no star ratings!!! (also checked out your profile haha, i too am a guitar player!!! id love to hear something of yours email me jeremy.mason09@gmail.com. Im from New Hampshire and always looking for talent!!)

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    5. Anything you give a thumbs down to will still show up if you specifically search for it later by typing in the title. It just won't show up on your homepage (and hopefully the genre category - I'll have to check that).

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    6. Yeah, but i dont like that, same with Pandora, what if your music or movie tastes change and u want those to appear on ur homepage? u should be able to choose how you want your movies displayed

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    7. in the original netflix there used to be a button for "not interested." i only ever used it a few times and when i was quite sure i didn't ever want to see them and didn't want them recommended. many years later (about 10), sorting through my ratings, i ended up clearing at least a couple of those ratings because i've changed since then. i'd rather just ignore movies and shows the old fashioned way, with my brain, but that's personal preference based on experience.

      that said, i see a lot of the same content advertised on the netflix homepage and in the app and some content that i know is available (because i've seen it or added it to My List) never advertised, so if thumbs down freshens up the recommendations for people i can understand the appeal. at this point i think i'm done rating titles for streaming unless they change it back to stars.

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    8. I went through every movie and show available of Netflix streaming today and gave each one I've seen a thumb up or thumb down. Yes, each time you give something a thumb down, the box turns black and white and fades. No, it doesn't go away entirely so you can still see it if you change your mind. By the way, if you want to reverse a thumb down, just click on the thumb down again and it'll reverse and the box will go back to normal.

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    9. I have created a page for the Thumbs Up or Down discussion. It has the combined comments from both this and the Discussions & Ideas page. Please post additional comments at:
      http://expiringonnetflix.blogspot.com/p/discussion-thumbs-updown.html

      Thanks!

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  20. whyd the take hatefield and mccoys down without notice!! i didnt watch it yet, i was going to when it was on the list for last month but they renewed it! figured i had atleast until the end of the month :(

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  21. I wish they handled international TV series a bit differently. For quite a few of them they seem to only acquire half of the shows available and so you're left hanging halfway through. If all the episodes have already been aired, it would be nice if they could give us the complete catalog.

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    1. it seems increasingly clear "notflix" is cutting corners with incomplete series, including covertly expiring select seasons of u.s. shows. this way they can still advertise having the shows even though they are getting rid of or not licensing some seasons.

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    2. I agree fully. How about not even having the earlier seasons so you are forced to watch a show in the middle which I never bother to even check out even if I might like it.

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    3. Just out of curiosity, which shows are you talking about? I noticed that this happened with a Korean show they had a few years ago, Vampire Detective. They got season 1, it expired, then a few months later, they got only season 2. Korean shows don't tend to have multiple seasons, so this usually isn't a problem, but I'd like to know which shows/genre of shows this happens to if I branch out to watching shows of other foreign countries.

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    4. Nica, I've noticed it with series from India and Turkey. For example, I started one called "Magnificent Century". Netflix has 50 episodes but the Wikipedia page says there are 139 episodes. It seems it stops about halfway through season 2. I won't add them now unless I can confirm that Netflix has all the episodes.

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    5. Same with InuYasha I started to watch it on Notflix until I found out they only had about 40 episodes when Hulu has the entire 160 or so episodes so I continued to watch it on Hulu.

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    6. i think notflix does that a fair bit with anime. i've noticed they've licensed the first season or series but not followup seasons/series. i watched psycho-pass and would have liked to have seen psycho-pass 2, but notflix has it neither for streaming nor disc rental.

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    7. That is why I might try another stand alone animie servies. NF use to be the place to get everything now all it is NF baboom intro. Also Netflix should rename the company Matureflix because 80% of new content it MA rating most original garbage.

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  22. I have to make a new complaint about the Netflix originals. I am sick and tired of these being about 80% of the titles on the press release of what is coming to Netflix. Thanks to this, I had no idea that Bridget Jones's Baby was coming to streaming and had added it to my DVD queue. Thankfully, I didn't get the disc before seeing the play button next to it, but seriously, Netflix, how are you not making that publicly known? And I'm tired of some of these big-name movies not being in the "new releases" category in favor of shows and movies that 1) have been on Netflix for months and 2) are sometimes already on my list.

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    1. for a while this year i was checking https://www.netflix.com/browse/just-added at least weekly because i don't read the press release and had a similar experience to you viewing "New Releases" and even "Recently Added" as categories. netflix mysteriously stopped linking and updating that page a few weeks ago. even though new content was being added to the streaming library, the page would show no titles added in two weeks. i'd given up and started to forget about it but just checked it again for this reply. now it mysteriously only lists netflix originals :/ you tryna tell us something, netflix?

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    2. This is why I use instantwatcher.com to check new content. I can even filter out r and ma rated garbage from showing up.

      I come here to also see what is going away.

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    3. If I have any interest in watching a movie or show, I add it to my dvd queue. Some titles are there just in case they are added to streaming. I group what is available on streaming together in the queue, which also acts as a flag for content that is suddenly dropped from streaming. Once a week or so, I will browse my dvd queue and scroll down looking for an out of place "play" button, or a missing play button. When a new title has a play button, I reorder it in the dvd queue with other streaming titles and add it to my My List. Needless to say, my dvd queue is absurdly long. Maintaining order in MyList is one PITA I've complained about to Netflix many times. I know this doesn't help with entirely new or streaming only content, but my queue is so long I don't feel like I'm missing out.

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  23. I find this site, http://usa.newonnetflix.info/ , to be a good source for finding out what has been added. I believe it's listed under "Related Website" on here.

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  24. Carol, you may need to reticle this section "Complaints through May 2017". A big Netflix thumbs-down to the content they added on May 1, which included at least 24 Indian movies, plus a host of content from PBS' American Experince documentaries. I don't think I have seen a less impressive list of additions in a long time. Sure, we got Forrest Gump and Happy Feet (which is also streaming on Amazon Prime). Plus we got our fill of third-rate horror flicks. What we didn't get was some decent content from before 2000 (excluding Forrest Gump). This is particularly disappointing since we lost some "classic" films at the end of April, all,of the Smithsonian channel content, and Fox continues to drop its content from Netflix. Maybe Netflix will make up for these losses and the addition of what I can only describe as inexpensive "filler" over the coming weeks. However, I fear that as Netflix releases more and more "original" content, it is going to have growing quality control problems; and it has so much original content that it really can't provide sufficient resources to promote any content other than its tried-and-true series (House of Cards, OITNB, The Crown) or shows that get a lot of media buzz (Master of None, Stranger Things, 13 Reasons Why). There is a lot of good foreign content (Chewing Gum, Crazyhead, Fauda, among many others) that just show up as Netflix originals without any time spent by Netflix on promotion. The same is even truer of Netflix original movies, many of which are critical indie darlings, which suddenly show up on Netflix without any attempt to promote (or support) them. Without reading up on these films at Rotten Tomatoes or IMDb, one would think that these were direct-to-video films (which I guess they are since Netflix refuses to give them prior theatrical runs).

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    1. I like a variety of content, including foreign films and TV shows, but I feel like they're barely even trying to get some of the bigger films Hollywood has churned out lately. It's why I won't give up my DVD queue, even if I probably won't get through it for years (it's just that large). If you look at their top 100 on the DVD side, there's usually only about 10-15 titles also available on streaming. (Right now, there are 12.) That's a huge amount that isn't available for streaming and unfortunately probably never will be.

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    2. i, too, have noticed the lack of major new movies recently aside from disney.

      to tie the conversation to the star ratings, i wish they would leverage their data and use their highest rated dvd content (e.g., average rating of 4.5 or above from all customers) in picking their "filler" instead of some of the dreck they always add. the selection of golden age films seems random (but is actually probably dependent on contracts with specific studios/distributors), and there are huge gaps now of decades hardly being represented in the library. for instance, i used to take for granted that there were movies from the '70s i'd never heard of when browsing, and now i wish i'd taken a chance and watched some of them because the Z movie is king now more than ever when it comes to the titles netflix adds. i'd gladly have less titles in the library if it meant higher quality. i guess it all comes down to those stats about how few customers even watch most of the content and what little netflix thinks of those of us who fall under that category.

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    3. I think the lack of major new films is due to three reasons. First, HBO has a long-term output agreement with Universal Pictures, Fox and Warner Brothers, Epix has long-term output deals with MGM, Paramount and Lionsgate, and STARZ has a long-term output agreement with Sony (which includes Columbia Pictures). That leaves Disney as the only remaining major studio, and Netflix has an output deal with them. Netflix has shown an aversion to output deals from smaller distributors, such as A24, Music Box Films, Broadgreen Pictures and others who have entered into deals with Amazon Prime or Hulu, and they also cancelled their deal with Epix.. The ostensible reason is the waiting time between a theatrical release and a release on Netflix, which can range from 9 to 18 months. For example, Netflix has an output deal with The Weinstein Company, which produced Southpaw. The film was released in theaters sometime in the fall of 2015 and is just showing up on Netflix now. (The smaller distributors seem to show up on streaming platforms within a 6 to 9 month window. Finally, Netflix believes (I think wrongly) that they can either produce or acquire features that equal Hollywood blockbusters (think War Machine with Brad Pitt or Bright with Will Smith) or are as good as indie movies (think Tallulah or any other original Netflix film) without a theatrical release. Besides thinking that an Adam Sandler film is of theatrical quality, Netflix either doesn't want to or doesn't care about promoting their films in the same way as movie producers would. So Netflix original movies get "dropped onto the streaming service with generally no fanfare and no mention of a pedigree (did it win an award at Sundance? What have critics said about it?). Instead, what we get is a percentage match (sometimes), which no one trusts.

      On occasion, Netflix will get first rights after a theatrical release to a movie like The Big Short, Spotlight (which I think was the result of a now-expired output deal) or Sausage Party, which I hesitate to put in the same class as The Big Short or Spotlight, but these instances are very rare. For better or worse (and I think it's for worse) they like their Netflix original film model as much as they like their thumbs up or down "matching" system.

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    4. I agree completely. In other countries without HBO, Starz they have much better movie selection on NF.

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  25. The Disney so called movie deal is the only thing saving NF. It took me over 20 minutes the other day to find a movie I play it and it is another stupid dubbed in English movie where the lips don't match. I stopped it right away and watched a movie on Hulu that was actually made in this country.

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  26. Clone Wars is threading to expire again. No wonder I have not watched Notflix in the past few days. I wish this company would stop screwing around with there licensed content to push there mostly mature original garbage.

    Come on Hulu get Clone Wars and even the new Rebels series.

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    1. Hi Tony - if Hulu does get Clone Wars - or any of the series that expire from NF - maybe you could make a note of that on our new Streaming Services Guide page. I think it would be helpful if we could let people know where they could find stuff that expired from NF, especially series, since not everyone is able to watch all of those before they expire. Just a thought. Thanks.

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    2. I was thinking of that too. I notice that when NF, Hulu and Amazon gets content there is very little fan fair unless it is original garbage. If there was a instant watcher site for Hulu I would know anything they add that is new and interested.

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    3. Decider.com has a listing each week of what is coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and HBO Now. It also has a list towards the end of each month of all new content for the coming month that is announced by each service.

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    4. Thanks, Wellesley72. Are there additional titles on the weekly lists that aren't on the monthly list? Also, if these lists are generated by the services, are they like the NF monthly press release, which is never complete, or even close? Something is better than nothing, of course, but I like knowing when the something isn't everything.

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    5. The monthly lists are usually compiled from the streaming services' press releases. The same is true for the weekly lists. If a title of interest appears on a streaming service but hasn't shown up on the monthly or weekly list, it may be highlighted by Decider in a separate article. The only place where I have seen upcoming titles that are not on the Netflix press release is in Brian Clarkson's blog to which I sometimes contribute. I have not seen similar blogs for Amazon Prime or Hulu, although I don't think either services adds a lot of other content than what is shown in their press releases. In Amazon's case, I should say "significant" content since they seem to add a lot of short, web originals or "Birds whistling in trees for four hours" types of content that you can see if you look on InstantWatcher, which posts daily additions to both the Netflix and Amazon Prime catalogues. Amazon seems to add between 30 and 50 titles daily although there is rarely anything that doesn't appear on the monthly press release that merits watching.

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    6. Brian's blog is netflixqueuebusters.blogspot.com.

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  27. Thanks I bookmarked Brian's blog.

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  28. Reviews, where did they go? When I go to "your account" and click on "reviews", it only shows three.??? When I go to a dvd movie I know I have written a review on recently, it still shows, but is not in my "reviews" list. The 'reviews' list seems to be on the streaming side since any link or search from there goes to streaming. I don't recall reviewing any streaming titles, so I have no idea what they are trying to do here. What a mess.

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    1. not for me. my only 2 reviews ever published* both are still listed even though neither is streaming. each has stars despite being on the streaming side of the site.

      *i wrote 2 others that never were published despite not having any objectionable language, which is one reason why i never bothered writing more even though i value reading member reviews a great deal.

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    2. Since they've trashed their rating system on the streaming side and dis-integrated the link from ratings on the streaming apps to the dvd side, reviews become more valuable. On the other hand, since I'm having to use other site's ratings to get a feel for what I might like or not, I might as well switch to other site's reviews too. Especially since Netflix seem to be questionable as to what they keep or allow.

      I actually don't remember all the movies I've reviewed or not so tracking them down to see what reviews are still around wouldn't work.

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