Netflix In December Of 2015: What’s Coming And What’s Going?

Since its inception in 1997, Netflix has been poised to skyrocket to nothing but success much like it currently has. The addition of their own original programming, with shows like House of Cards and this year’s Daredevil, have taken the company to new levels of accomplishments and has helped solidify their place in our current popular culture. But as much as the streaming service may have to offer, there will be some select titles – movies and television shows – that will be taken out of their catalogue. There are a number of classic titles as well as more contemporary titles that will be leaving Netflix on December 1, 2015, which means this Thanksgiving weekend should be spent binge-watching as many of these titles as possible before they run their course.

Batman Begins. The 2005 Christopher Nolan reboot of the series helped usher in a new era of superhero cinematic tales, as well as help bring credibility back to the character of Batman himself. It is the first in what is Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, a trio of superhero films that have completely reinvented the superhero genre and pushed the limits on what comic book cinema could mean and achieve. Batman Begins will be gone from Netflix by December 1.

Netflix In December Of 2015: What's Coming And What's Going?
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JUNE 18, 2005: Morgan Freeman is in Shanghai to promote 'Batman Begins'. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

The Great Escape. The Steve McQueen classic, based on a true story, tells the tale of a group of P.O.W.s who band together to break out of a German camp during World War II. The 1963 John Sturges-directed film received an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Drama. It will be leaving Netflix’s catalogue on December 1.

All About Eve, Cop Land, Get Low, The Paw Project, The Pink Panther 2, Trek Nation, Necessary Roughness, Shrink, The Hustler, along with dozens of other titles, both in television and film, will be leaving the Netflix catalogue come the first of December this year, according to International Business Times. The list of television and movie titles that will be coming to Netflix in December include Ray, Darkman, Cradle 2 the Grave, The Da Vinci Code, Inside Man (Season 3), The Adventures of Puss in Boots (Season 2) and much, much more, according to The Mary Sue. But it looks as if consumers have been getting more of their original programming, while movies have been getting removed – but why?

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One obvious reason for this could be that Netflix simply wants its subscribers to pay more attention to its original shows and films. The streaming service’s partnership with Marvel Studios will be introducing four original shows to their catalogue – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Once all four shows have been officially launched, each shows main protagonist will join together in a miniseries called The Defenders – structured much like the same way Marvel Studios’ current Marvel Cinematic Universe is structured. A fourth season of House of Cards will debut in late 2016, while the streaming service will welcome the premiers of new original shows like Fuller House, a sequel series to the Full House series than ran from 1987 to 1995, in 2016.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, Netflix reported a total of over 33 million U.S. subscribers and by the fall of 2014, the streaming service had subscribers in 40+ countries, with the goal of stretching their brand to even more countries. As of October 2015, Netflix pulled in a total of 69.17 million subscribers across the globe, which includes over 43 million in America. According to a Nielsen survey done in 2013, over 60 percent of consumers in the U.S. have admitted to binge-watching shows and nearly eight out of 10 of them have used services like Netflix or Hulu to watch their favorite shows to fit their own schedules.

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