Netflix, the most well-known digital streaming service, hit a minor road bump when the company announced that the long-running partnership with Epix was expiring. This means big, blockbuster movies like Transformers and Hunger Games are going away soon, and probably won’t return.

This has caused a tremendous bit of anxiety among Netflix users and even the stock market as the customers sort through what will be left after the contract expires. Fortunately there is still way more to celebrate than there is to complain about.

Netflix Original Content

One of Netflix’s biggest efforts now is in producing its own original content. Orange is the New Black and House of Cards have been huge in the media world, and there are new seasons in production for both. Not only that, but Netflix is allegedly working on new series for families as well including Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.

Of course these original content shows are expensive to produce and take time to bring to the market, but when they arrive they are almost always excellent – and exclusive to Netflix.

Exclusive Content on Netflix

Which brings us to the next thought. Netflix isn’t the only streaming service that offers the Epix movies. Amazon has them, too. That means you can usually find the same movies on Netflix and Amazon and that’s not what Netflix is trying to be.

Netflix likes to be independent. It wants exclusive content. So while it knows that some customers will be upset to see major blockbusters go, they can easily find them on the other popular steaming services. Of course, that’s not to say that Netflix isn’t going to be home to some serious blockbusters in the future.

Exclusive Disney Distributing

It turns out Netflix isn’t crying many tears over losing Epix after five years simply because they have a much better hand to play shortly. Netflix has signed an exclusive distributorship agreement with Disney. This deal has been a few years in the making, but it’s coming into real fruition in the next year.

The distribution deal means not only the old Disney episodes will be online through Netflix, but major Disney productions including the Avengers series and the hugely anticipated new episodes of Star Wars will all be exclusively available on Netflix eight months after they are released in theaters.

And that is nothing to complain about.


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