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article imageNetflix loses Starz contract, up to 1,000 movies

By Sean Fraser     Mar 2, 2012 in Entertainment
Netflix often signs contracts with cable networks to stream that network's exclusive content on their popular service, but today they officially lose one of their bigger content providers, the Starz Network.
In an official statement from Starz, the decision to end the agreement with Netflix was an effort "to protect the premium nature of our brand by preserving the appropriate pricing and packaging of our exclusive and highly valuable content. " Starz began their relationship with the streaming entertainment service back in 2008, but announced in September 2011 that they would not be renewing their contract.
According to Mashable, Netflix is filling the movie void caused by this event by beefing up their television series offerings, including original episodes of the cult TV hit, Arrested Development. Disney-ABC has also renewed their contract and increased their offerings. Netflix has also started making its own original series.
The loss of Starz's movie catalog only accounts for a two percent loss in total viewing, reports the New York Times. Gizmodo listed their top 20 movies that will be lost on Netflix due to Starz's departure, including Toy Story 3, Tron: Legacy, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Hackers, Teen Wolf, Airheads, and Scream.
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