Netflix Loses 800 Hours of A&E, History Channel Content
As Negotiations Break Down Over Licensing
Netflix has taken the single largest hit to the company's streaming catalog in company history, losing 800 hours of programming from the History Channel and A&E. According to Variety
, at least 40 series and miniseries were pulled from the Netflix lineup after the two sides failed to agree on a new arrangement. The content could come back, but its removal highlights the perilous road Netflix faces as broadcasters continually hike content costs -- in part just to make more money, but in part to ensure that life is as difficult as possible for a company that can (and in some cases is
) disrupting the traditional cable TV cash cow. Granted, many readers may not care that Netflix has dumped content from a channel like History that long ago decided to stop airing any history-related content whatsoever.