Premium channels are are being removed from the Netflix queue, Netflix announced last week that Netflix queue will be getting into original programming with a David Fincher drama series called “House of Cards.” The show will star Kevin Spacey. With this bombshell and Netflix’s rapid growth, the DVD and streaming service, Netflicks/Netflix looks more like a potential premium channel killer and doesn’t look like it will help the premium channels at all.
After all, who would cough up premium cable fees when they can plow through whole seasons quickly and cheaply using Netflix queue and streaming instantly on their TV, XBox, Nintento Wii or PS3.
Only people who don’t have a choice — and Showtime is out to make more of them. This summer, they will remove ”Dexter” and “Californication” from Netflix Queue and catalogue completely
Netflix and Showtime execs went out of their way to say that “The Tudors” will still be available — so it’s really just the most popular shows Showtime doesn’t want people getting elsewhere.
Still, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to stop procrastinating getting into that great premium series your buddy can’t stop talking about that’s streaming live on Netflix and add it to your Netflix Queue.
HBO’s “True Blood,” for instance, is one of Netflix’s top rentals — so if that company eventually follows suit, lots of subscribers are going to get burned. The silver lining here for Netflix users? Networks still seem eager to use Netflix for something other than their marquee programming. CBS’s newly renegotiated deal will bring some throwback series to the rental service. Hooray for a new generation of “Twin Peaks” enthusiasts.