Netflix’s content boss Ted Sarandos has been updating viewers about the streaming video service’s catalogue, in a blog post. “We have decided not to renew our agreement in the US with Epix, the cable network, which means that some high profile movies including Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z and Transformers: Age of Extinction, will expire at the end of September in the US,” he said.
“We know some of you will be disappointed by the expiration of the Epix movies…” Not least because a day after the news broke, Epix announced a new deal with rival service Hulu, which will now be getting all those films instead. It’s a glimpse at one possible future for streaming music, if it goes further down the exclusives route than time-limited availability of individual albums. Although thankfully for now, there does not seem to be an appetite for catalogue-wide exclusives from labels.