Welcome to the Discussions & Ideas page for July 2017

Once again, it's time to start a fresh page for Discussions & Ideas, to allow plenty of room for new comments. Previous pages have been archived, so you can look at what has gone before. Links to those pages are in the sidebar.

This page is an open forum and catchall for discussing anything about Netflix, this blog, and/or other related topics. Feel free to ask questions, make suggestions, share information, offer opinions, even rant if something is bugging you (although we now have a very nice "Complaining" page that is especially good for that).

The body of this page will be used to keep everyone updated when there is blog news, and to ask for feedback about improvements/changes/additions, etc. Of course, your participation is always optional and voluntary.

Blog News: Changes to the Daily Update
My time has more demands on it than when I started this blog, so I haven't been able to spend as much time working on it as I would like. I'm sure you have noticed that I'm not always able to meet my self-imposed deadlines, and I apologize for that confusion.

For July, I'd like to experiment with a more open, flexible update schedule. Here's what to expect:

> Expired titles and the current day's "last day to watch" titles will be updated every day.

> Press release titles and end of month titles will go on the master list within 24 hours of their appearance in the comments (same or next day).

> Renewals will go up every day, even if there isn't a complete update.

> When there are only a small number of titles - say, fewer than ten - that need to be added to the list, I might postpone the full update for one or two days - no more than that, even if there are no titles. I won't let contributed titles pile up in the comments, or let the list languish without regular updates.

> The time of day for updates will depend on my schedule for the day. I'd love to have it be consistent, but, realistically, it will vary from day to day. Lots of titles will usually mean a later update. Also, some days I'm just not able to get to it until later in the day. My goal, though, is always to get the update done as early as possible.

> Check the top of the main page for update information. If there will not be a full update, there will be a note to let you know.

> When there is a full update, I will put a note in the Comments, so you will know where the break is between titles added to the list, and titles not yet on the list.

One of the changes the new update policy will bring is that newly added titles might stay in italics for two or three days, and added-this-week titles could be there a little longer. Hopefully, this will not be too much of a problem for anyone.

As always, if you have comments or suggestions about these changes, feel free to share them on this page.

Other Open Discussion Pages
When a particular topic generates a lot of discussion, it will be spun off to its own specific Discussion page. Links to open Discussion pages follow. Please feel free to add comments to any of these. If your comments do not fit any of these topics, then please add them here, in the comments section below. 

The New Netflix Ratings System of Thumbs Up or Down
Netflix "My List" - Problems/Questions/Changes/Updates
All Things Related to the Netflix-Disney Deal
Issues Around Netflix's Policies Regarding Expiration Notices
Complain About Netflix: Vent, Kvetch, Whine, Grouse - Get It Off Your Chest!

My goal: A blog that looks polished and feels complete (not giving up on this!), and that offers helpful content for all, without detracting from the sacred mission of giving followers as much lead time as possible to watch expiring titles.

Thanks to the many contributors who share their time, knowledge, and expertise to keep the blog interesting, informative, and fresh in a variety of ways. It is truly a collaborative effort, and I'm honored to be part of it.


  1. The following comment was posted on the last Discussions page, and I'm afraid it got away from me. So I'm copying it here, and responding to it - at long last!

    CanandaiguaNY May 25, 2017 at 8:33 AM
    I've also noticed expirations of titles that I, vaguely, remember as having expired some time in the past. It may well be that Netflix is buying titles to stream on short-term contracts. It seems to me that there'd be an advantage to it to advertise this: "now, for a limited engagement, we have ..." This is what movie theaters used to do back in their glory days, 1930s to 1960s. They thought it helped bring people to the theater, and it could help Netflix add or keep the subscribers which its investors prize. I, certainly would like to know if a title is available for only a limited run, but this doesn't fit Netflix's business model.

    The archives of this blog hold this information, but it isn't worth my time, or anyone else's, to hunt through the archives to find out if a title, listed for upcoming expiration, had expired in the past. I wonder if one of Carol's house elves could write a program or macro (or whatever such things are called nowadays) that, regularly or at the touch of a button, could scour the archives and put up a note on a title on the current list that it had previously expired and come back.


  2. Hi CanandaiguaNY - I’m so sorry I didn’t reply to you sooner (and I got interrupted right after publishing your comment here, so was delayed some more - dang!). For what it’s worth, here goes.

    Although I like your idea, I’m afraid I won’t be able to implement it - that level of sophistication is more than this blog was ever intended to do. However. . .

    If it’s just one or two titles here and there, it really isn’t that time-consuming to search the archives to see if they have expired before. In literally a few minutes, using the ctrl F search function, I was able to determine that Braveheart had not only just expired on July 1, but also on last October 1, and on January 16 before that.

    If you start at the Home page, without opening comments, you can search several posts at a time. Keep clicking “Older Posts” at the bottom of the scroll until you’ve searched them all. You have to click ctrl F for each batch, but the search box holds the title, so it only requires that you “Enter” for each new batch of posts.

    Another method for seeing what tends to bounce back-and-forth is to check MaFt’s site, New on Netflix USA (link in sidebar). If you search for a streaming title, and click on the poster for details, it gives you the Netflix history. For example, I found E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at: http://usa.newonnetflix.info/info/60022398/s. Among other info, it told me:
    04/01/2016: Added to Netflix
    11/01/2016: Removed from Netflix
    01/03/2017: Added to Netflix
    06/01/2017: Removed from Netflix
    07/01/2017: Streaming Again

    I guess if I were deciding between 2 movies to watch, knowing if one of them was a “bouncer” - and therefore had a fair-to-good chance of returning - could be useful. But history is not a guarantee of what’s to come, so I’m not sure how much good this information would do us.

    Thanks so much for the suggestion, though, CanandaiguaNY. They are always welcome, and I’ll try to do a better job of responding in the future.

    1. another solution is to search for a movie or show listed on this site through google or your preferred search engine, e.g.:
      "eyes wide shut" site:expiringonnetflix.blogspot.com

  3. Changes to Daily Update:

    First, Happy 4th to you Carol.

    I think whatever you do will work; you diligently strive to keep this blog in "top" form. Thus, I thank you for your continued efforts and time. With the many parameters you have in place (italics for new items, colors for longer items, checking comment section to see when item added) we can continue to find new, expiring titles -- the goal for this blog! Plus you have added many other features to this blog that allow people to share views, thoughts (good or bad) and ideas. Again, thank you for your time and effort.


    1. Thanks for your kind words, Anonymous. I'm glad to know the scheduling changes don't seem too disruptive.

  4. Love the new banner. I really missed the old NF logo and even the old NF. I read somewhere that Netflix should not have the flix in it anymore since you can't find blockbuster flix's to watch anymore.


    1. Glad to hear you like the new banner, Tony. I appreciate you telling me that.

  5. I'm back in the Netflix fold and I'm excited to note that those with Kindle Fires can now download titles to be watched later. Been doing so for a couple of weeks so far and no real issues with watching when I'm ready to (although I do kind of prefer Prime's good until date).