Should Netflix’s streaming be more accurately described as a trickle? As Netflix continues to focus more on its streaming offering and less on its by-mail program, it becomes ever more imperative that the company keeps its streaming catalog constantly expanding. That may not be the case, according to an article on The Street.
Despite a series of deals with studios exchanging a 28-day window on new releases for increased access to digital content, the streaming titles may not be flowing to Netflix as quickly as the company, its customers and its investors would like.
According to The Street:
“In January of 2008, Netflix confirmed it had about 12,000 titles available for streaming. In September of 2009, ads on their website put that number at 17,000. Today, it appears that Netflix has about 20,000 titles for streaming, although Netflix won’t confirm that number for me. If that number is accurate, it means that Netflix has only added about 4,000 movies a year for the past two years. That’s not a lot of content.”
Netflixing Insiders, what are your thoughts on the size of Netflix’s streaming catalog? Could this be a chink in Netflix’s armor that current and future streaming competitors (including Redbox) could possibly exploit? Give us your opinion in the comments.
(via The Street)