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Cap'n Neurotic said on October 18th, 2017 at 10:42 am

This is why I have maintained my Netflix DVD subscription, and even that has huge gaps. Thankfully the university I work for has a pretty awesome Media Library and a subscription to the streaming service Kanopy which have helped me watch things from Wright’s list that are unavailable without outright purchasing.

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Welcome back, Chris.

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Apocalypse Cow said on October 18th, 2017 at 12:09 pm

It’s alive! ALIVE!

Good to see you posting here again =)

Interesting survey you’ve taken here, but it does beg the question of how many movies on the list were available previously — has the number gone up or down? It’s great snapshot of *right now,* but it doesn’t show wether there’s a trend towards more or less availability, which I think would be helpful in addressing your overall concern with streaming services …

Having said that, some of those titles that are aren’t available *at all* are pretty shocking …

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It’s a hell of an argument not to get rid of DVD players.

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Holy shit, you live!

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Robert Eddleman said on October 20th, 2017 at 8:45 am

Young Frankenstein being unavailable is Abby Normal.

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Disgruntled Manatee said on October 20th, 2017 at 9:54 am

As others have said, without a picture of the selection from previous ages, it is hard to digest this data. I still recall Blockbuster having an entire aisle to display 100 copies of each of the 3 most popular movies at the time, then 3 aisles holding a random smattering of other stuff. The selection was never all that grand. Anecdotally in my small experience, the selection now just with netflix is way better than in my childhood with blockbuster and two other brick and mortar video store memberships combined.

There is a tangential issue of rights that you could also delve into. Finding out who has the rights to particular properties can be a huge pain in the ass, particularly for non-physical distribution, and even more so for properties as old as some of those on the list. Even if you can find who has the right to distribute a property, you then have to convince them to let you license that right and work out the means to do so.

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Tom Galloway said on October 20th, 2017 at 7:48 pm

There’ve been mainstream articles in the last year or so about how the younger folk aren’t discovering classic cinema as much as in the past due to its relative lack on the major US streaming services. Part of why TCM and Criterion created their Filmstruck streaming service (dunno about its Canadian availability or equivalent).

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Young Frankenstein is nearly the only Mel Brooks on US Netflix right now, and while I appreciate its seasonal appropriateness, I desperately wish I could find History of the World (never seen) or Blazing Saddles (been a while) or even Spaceballs (Spaceballs was never not in catalog at any video store I’ve frequented; how can it not be there?!)

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Mary Warner said on October 30th, 2017 at 8:01 pm

I can’t believe you’re finally back!

Being poor, I’ve never subscribed to more than one streaming service at a time– usually Netflix, but I did a couple of months of Hulu sometime back, and I recently bought one month of Showtime so I could watch Twin Peaks. It’s kind of shocking how poor the selection can be, especially older movies and foreign ones.

For really old stuff, YouTube isn’t too bad. They have a lot of silent films, which are almost all public domain now. I’ve recently started watching the silent Our Gangs. Remember, if it’s public domain then it isn’t piracy.

I’ve been wondering if it might be a good idea to make copyright use-it-or-lose-it like trademarks, at least for older stuff. So if a film or book or something isn’t available somewhere for more than a decade or two, then the copyright automatically expires.

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