Here Are the Movies Netflix Just Added — And Why Its Catalog Is Always Changing

Fans of Good Burger can rejoice!

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Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell in a scene from the film 'Good Burger', 1997.

Last week, the Netflix content news seemed all bad: a long list of titles would be removed from availability at the end of the year, so potential viewers had to get their binges in before the deadline. The departing films included Titantic, Braveheart, Being John Malkovich and dozens of others.

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But, just as every cloud has a silver lining, the Netflix catalog changes aren’t all negative. Now that New Year’s has come and gone, it’s time to focus on the new titles added  yesterday. There’s a partial list over at the Huffington Post that was confirmed by Netflix, and Reddit users have put together a more extensive look at the many newly available films, and sites like instantwatcher.com have even longer lists. Some of the best newly added titles include:

  • Amelie
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Bull Durham
  • Ghost
  • Mommie Dearest
  • Raging Bull
  • Spaceballs
  • Thelma & Louise
  • West Side Story

And, of course, there’s the movie that the Internet, collectively, seems most excited for: Good Burger, the 1997 All-That-sketch-turned-movie starring Kenan & Kel.

But why all the turnover?

It is, unfortunately for procrastinating movie-watchers, just part of regular business at Netflix. As a spokesperson explained to the Washington Post, individual agreements between movie distributors and streaming services are contracts for finite amounts of time, and those deals are “constantly” expiring or coming into play or coming back after once disappearing. The end of a year is a natural time for a contract to expire or begin, but that doesn’t mean the Netflix catalog doesn’t change regularly throughout the year.

In fact, Netflix fans with good memories will recall that last May saw an even bigger uproar over title expirations than this recent surge in interest. During the so-called “Streamageddon,” hundreds of movies went offline for the streaming service when deals with major movie studios were not renewed. Following unhappy coverage of that event — sometimes drawing on inaccurate lists of expiration dates — the company announced that they would no longer make expiration dates easy for outside websites to find and list. But that move has apparently made no dent in consumer interest in which titles are coming and going, and when. If this week is any indication, Netflix users will be following that news for a long time to come — when they’re not too busy watching Good Burger, of course.

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15 comments
Jay121962
Jay121962

Are you seriously kidding me?!?!?! Netflix is absolutely horrid, the movies they offer today are definitely movies that were popular in the movie theaters....and again on TV (i.e. Lifetime, Fox, CBS...) when my children were in high school!  ??? My children are now 27 and 25, married, and successful career MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I  WILL CANCEL MY MEMBERSHIP IMMEDIATELY AFTER THIS POST.

RedBox is a little over a $1.00 a movie and always have new (REALLY NEW) releases!  NOT movies from 1998 - 2009! GET A GRIP NETFLIX!!!!!!!!!!!!Yes, it's not as "convenient" with RedBox BUT why continue to pay Netflix.....you're rewarding them for being BAD.... I wouldn't reward my child for being bad, they would never learn to fix bad behavior!


(p.s.  I've never posted a comment about anything/anyone before this, it's my first time and had to create an account to post this)...I usually have better things to do with my time. BUT this NETFLIX crap is a scam and should be shut down, they are ROBBING people.


DantonSteele
DantonSteele

corn fed masturbator from the swamps....nuetral on inequality and ineffectiveness on comparison and strength training excercises while voicing freedom and stay busy...people...publish and print.

pembleton1
pembleton1

The titles available for streaming have become less and less appealing to me. Not sure what has happened. Wonder if I am better off to drop streaming and go solely with the DVD plan.

redshoesgirl
redshoesgirl

if those the best newly available titles, i'll pass. more old movies. 

AlanHall
AlanHall

Don't replace your broken VCR so you can watch your tired, old VHS movies. Get Netflix and watch them that way.

bfines
bfines

Amelie has been there for ages. They probably just returned it because it was popular.

Jorn
Jorn

@Jay121962 Redbox has a streaming service also, and Amazon, while more expensive, tends to have a much better selection of movies than either Redbox or Netflix.