December 10, 2008
TV has license to kill movies at iTunes, Netflix
Apple and Netflix are being treated as if they compete against TV broadcasters. That's why some film titles are disappearing from iTunes and Netflix. cnet news reports.
In the past two weeks, customers of iTunes and Netflix's streaming digital-movie service have noticed that a growing number of titles are disappearing from the sites or are scheduled to be removed.
... Spokesmen for Netflix and Apple confirmed that they pulled titles due to these licensing requirements.
The big question many Apple and Netflix fans will have is why are Web stores being treated as if they were entertainment companies instead of merchants?
The answer, of course, is because broadcasters say they are.
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