NXE Netflix streaming loses Sony’s Columbia Pictures movies

Wednesday, 19th November 2008 07:34 GMT By Patrick Garratt


According to Joystiq, NXE will launch this morning with a service devoid of “hundreds” of Columbia films. Why? Because they’re owned by Sony, silly.

MTV clarified the removal of a swathe of movies from the service is indeed a licensing issue, carrying the following quote from Netflix comms boss Steve Swasey:

“As watching instantly becomes a more prominent part of the Netflix service, our goal is to have all of our streaming content licensed for all of our partner devices. We’re doing well in this area, but it will take some time before we fully achieve that goal.

Today, titles regularly come in and out of license and there is a natural ebb and flow to what we have on license at any given point in time. In the case of Xbox 360, a few hundred titles are temporarily unavailable to be streamed via the Xbox game console. Those titles are still available to be watched on subscribers’ computers and on TVs via other partner devices, and we hope they’ll be licensed for Xbox 360 shortly.”



  1. Blerk

    An amusing move from Sony for a change – deny the rights, muddy the launch, then sell them the rights soon afterwards and reap the licensing rewards from your competitor’s platform. :-)

    #1 6 years ago
  2. airdom

    well even though columbia pictures isn’t there, there are still other sony studios which are still on the service.

    but anyways, i don’t care, we dont have netflix in Canada lol.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. patlike

    I saw that on this morning. Does Netflix actually operate in Canada at all?

    #3 6 years ago
  4. airdom

    well no, not at all actually ;) Netflix is a U.S only business i believe (which sucks!)

    #4 6 years ago
  5. patlike

    Ah! I was right then. I assumed so, which is why I didn’t run the story this morning :)

    #5 6 years ago
  6. airdom

    i hope they’ll make up for a service like Netflix in Canada and in Europe for you suckas! kinda sucks that this HUGE feature is us only :( not only Americans have Xbox 360′s you know!

    #6 6 years ago
  7. patlike

    Yeah, it’s true. I reckon there’ll be a race to get a proper service up and running in Europe. Sony’s going to release the Movie Store over here at the end of next year. MS will want to be here for that. Not easy, though. Certainly nowhere near as easy as it’ll be for Sony.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. airdom

    The Xbox 360 has no video service at all in Europe? i know i the US they have TONS of shows and movies to grab, but all we had on the 360 up here in Canada were movies to rent over the video service. Never rented any through that though, kinda think it’s useless. but if we had a service like Netflix then i’d be down for it.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. patlike

    Yeah, it does have a download service. Has done for ages. Nothing on the scale of the US Netflix thing, though, and there’s no HD streaming.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. mightyhokie

    If you stream movies from Netflix via the internet, how come y’all can’t use the service? That confuses me.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. airdom

    never said i could stream Netflix movies from the net??? i’m in Canada so i can’t even use Netflix.

    so no HD movie rentals on the xbox in Europe? that sucks =/

    #11 6 years ago
  12. mightyhokie

    fuck…that sucks man. strange thing for netflix to just ignore a market like that. i understand about them not wanting to mail dvds because if anyone from a foreign nation (foreign to the US that is)keeps the dvd there is nothing that netflix could do to get it back, (stuff like that happens on Indian reservations sometimes…which are literally nations within themselves)but for digital content i can’t see why it would be a big deal.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    airdom – We have the standard video marketplace over here (hence HD rentals)… but no streaming services like the Netflix thing (unless you want to jump through major hoops).

    #13 6 years ago

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