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Starz Begins Delay on Netflix Content

Netflix’s recent decision to begin acquiring original content is beginning to look more and more prescient (or desperate). Hot on the heels of an announcement from Showtime that it will be withholding new episodes from several series, Starz has revealed that it will impose a 90-day delay on Netflix for its original shows, starting with the new drama Camelot.

Starz also has implied that it will be instituting a delay on films at some point as well. Netflix currently gets Sony and Disney movies from Starz at the same time that the latter acquires the rights.
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Between delays from several major studios and this latest series of setbacks from pay-TV providers, what’s Netflix going to do to keep its content compelling and competitive?
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(via the L.A. Times)

15 Responses to “Starz Begins Delay on Netflix Content”

  1. Member [Join Now]

    Two things-

    I don’t think Netflix making original content is desperation. It’s innovation. A very different thing.

    Starz delay isn’t so bad. It’s an incentive to buy the Starz package yet still gives Netflix customers the chance to see the content. I can also see it making the studios more willing to play along with Starz and in the end help us get movies. It could be a win-win.

    I for one had no idea they made original content. A google search brought up some Westerns.

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    bologna [visitor]

    Netflix streaming sucks and is getting worse and worse by the day.

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      wingding [visitor]

      Is it really that bad? I have asked a lot of users and they say it’s “fine”…no real excitement.

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        Dominica [visitor]

        Actually, Netflix streaming is awesome. It gets tons of movies the same day redbox and blockbuster release them. I recently went to Blockbuster to rent Weeds season 6, which they didn’t even carry, and I was amazed to see over have of their “New Releases” were available on Netflix Watch Instantly selection. Seriously, I am amazed at how many people complain about the selection of movies when so many eventually go to streaming. It must be people who are impatient and want them to be available right away… Whatever! I’m a happy Netflix subscriber… And Blockbuster is the one who sucks!

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          B [visitor]

          I think netflix streaming is just fine. I never used it before this weekend, but I had absolutely no issues with it. I think whom ever originated this post may have just a shotty connection to the internet. I love netflix and I love redbox. No complaints on either end except that netflix needs to lower the prices for larger plans, their is no incentive to spend more money to get more dvds if its an additional ten bucks for an extra one out after the 3 out at a time plan.

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            bha [visitor]

            For 10 bucks you can have all the streaming content you want plus their turnaround on the DVDs is real fast.

            Personally I can’t figure out how someone could make use of a plan that sends you more than 1 DVD at a time and still have any time left to make a dent in their streaming content.

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    bologna [visitor]

    Just a sign of longer windows on the way for both Netflix and Redbox. Along with new studios adding windows shortly.

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    Dave [visitor]

    Windows…delays…..that’s what people who watch movies on their little computer screens (or worse, the morons who watch on their IPhones) deserve. There should actually be a requirement that to own a movie, you have to watch it on a real TV screen!

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      BatgirlZKE [visitor]

      Wow, way to be a douche. You do know that you can watch Netflix on your tv right? Also, maybe some people can’t afford to have a nice TV.
      My computer monitor is a lovely 23 inch widescreen, just right for watching movies or tv shows. I honestly don’t care about the delays cuz I have so many other shows to catch up on.

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      Hellstorm [hellstorm]

      That’s makes a lot of sense for people who watch movies & TV shows on a bus, or a train, or a plane, or… oh wait, no it doesn’t.

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      JR [visitor]

      thats funny

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    That Guy [visitor]

    Yay. 90 day delay and we’ll get to watch Camelot in SD on Netflix. Good job, Starz.

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    B [visitor]

    Honestly as a customer and a fan of dvds, I can most definitely wait for content to come out. I mean for the prices we pay its worth it. These companies think they’ll be hurting netflix or redbox and making their customers wait when we know its not redbox or netflix and honestly most people don’t even pay attention to when things are released on dvd, rather when they see it they get it. Or they say, i’ll wait until its cheaper.

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    frstplce [visitor]

    At least in my case, the delay on releases doesn’t work in a studios favor. Since I rarely make it to the theatre, I end up renting the movies I’m interested in most of the time. Only then if I enjoy the movie/series enough would I buy the dvd. The longer the delays get, the longer before I would end up buying the dvd. Isn’t that the opposite of what they are trying to achieve?