More than 500 movies, TV shows and documentaries disappear from Netflix (Mashable)

Netflix Philip July 2015

Whew! What a purge. From Mashable,

If you wanted to wind-down the long holiday weekend with a classic film or an episode of Melrose Place on Netflix, think again. The streaming service has purged more than 500 movies, TV shows and documentaries between the end of June and July 5.

The purge, which What’s On Netflix Now’s David Speranza calls “a massacre,” has affected all genres across the service.

Selections as varied as 1935’s silent film Happiness to various Ken Burns documentaries (Baseball) to 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon have been purged.

Will McKinley has done a good job of cataloging some of the bigger losses, which include The Apartment, The Graduate, Taxi Driver and Patton.

I’ve had conversations with fellow film fans recently about the fact that Netflix is increasingly only about television — and certain types of television at that. Make no mistake — I still love Netflix, but I miss the Netflix that had a great array of movies.

Meanwhile, over at HBO Go/HBO Now, you can watch Gone Girl and Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead at your leisure. So that’s something, at least.

What have I been saying about holding on to your DVDs? Uh huh, that’s right.

Read the entire article on Mashable.

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